Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala

Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala

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Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala | How to make the base masala | with step by step photos and video. A flavorful sauce made up of onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, and spices. It’s the base to a lot of Indian dishes and by preparing it in advance, you can significantly reduce the cooking time for many Indian recipes. Basically the same concept is used in most of the Indian restaurant to quickly prepare different types of curries.

Using this masala we can make at least 20 varieties of dishes, adding slight twists according to our tastes. I will share with you soon. Indian Onion Masala, also known as onion tomato gravy, is nothing new to those of us who cook Indian food on a daily basis. The basic India masala made with onion, tomatoes & a bunch of spices. This masala is the base for a number of Indian recipes! Make it in bulk and freeze for quick meals on busy days!

How to make Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala?

Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala | How to make the base masala | with step by step photos and video. Also referred to as Bhuna masala (curry paste), is the mother and a perfect base to most Indian curries. The procedure here looks simple but the ideal secret of this recipe is the patience one takes to cook until oil separates. Here I am cooking this dish in a heavy-bottomed vessel. Moreover, cooking the masala in a cooker can save you more time.

Having this curry paste ready in the refrigerator can make your life so much easier as it not only saves time but speeds up the cooking process too. Kindly do check out the pasta or pizza sauce recipe too. Hope you would like them.

Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala

Course: Sauces, MasalasCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala | How to make the base masala | with step by step photos and video. A flavorful sauce made up of onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, and spices.

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Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp cooking oil + 1 tbsp oil/butter

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 5 to 6 cloves

  • 6 cardamon

  • 2-inch size cinnamon stick

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds

  • 2 cups of thinly sliced onion

  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped ginger (2 inches size)

  • 8 to 10 small garlic pods

  • 4 cups of finely chopped tomato

  • 15 to 20 cashews

  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1 tbsp Kashmiri chili powder

  • 1 tbsp coriander powder

  • salt as required

  • 1 to 2 cups of hot water

Directions

  • Heat 4 tbsp oil in a heavy-bottomed vessel.Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2
  • Saute 5 to 6 cloves, 6 cardamon, 2-inch size cinnamon stick, 1 bay leaf, and 1 tsp cumin seeds over a low flame until it turns aromatic.Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2
  • Then add in 2 cups of finely chopped onion. Saute until it turns transparent.Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2
  • Add 2 tbsp roughly chopped ginger and 8 small garlic pods and saute for a minute.Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2
  • Then add 4 cups of finely chopped tomato. Mix well.Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2
  • Cover and cook until it turns mushy.Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2
  • Now add 15 to 20 cashews and saute for another minute.Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2
  • Switch off the flame and allow it to cool down.Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2
  • Once cooled transfer it to a blender and grind to a fine paste.Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a heavy-bottomed vessel. Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2
  • Saute 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tbsp Kashmiri chili powder, and 1 tbsp coriander powder over low flame.Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2
  • Now add in prepared onion tomato masala paste and mix well.Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2
  • Add the salt required and 1 cup of hot water. Mix well.Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2
  • Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until oil separates over low flame. Make sure to stir in between to prevent from burning.Onion Tomato Curry Base Masala2
  • finally, the curry base is ready. Cool completely and refrigerate in an airtight box. You can freeze for upto a month.

Notes

  • While cooking the base curry, Make sure to stir in between to prevent from burning.
  • For storing, Cool the mixture completely and refrigerate in an airtight box. You can freeze for upto a month

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