Biryani Masala is an intensely earthy spice blend used throughout South Asia. A traditional biryani comes together in four parts. Rice, meat, marinade, and spices. Lots and lots of spices. Regional differences and variations in biryani recipes can vary greatly, but the abundant use of herbs remains the same in each one. Masala means "blend of spices," and the name is common in many kinds of Indian foods.