Love your recipes and looking forward to making this onion masala. I also use pre-made Onion masala except that I have not yet figured out how much to use in a dish. Lisa, sorry to hear you got the burn sign! Thank you! Can this be made without oil? I sometimes skip fully browning the onions, and the masala still turns out just fine. If you use different tomatoes, then you will likely need to boil off some of the water at the end. If using different fresh tomatoes, you will likely need to boil off the water at the end. The consumption of onion-tomato masala depends on the particular recipe. I thought I’d need more. When I first gave birth to Tony, my mom packed my freezer to the brim with this masala, and literally, one year later, I found some of it hiding in the back of the freezer… not gonna lie, I used it, and it was still perfect. However, my IP showed “burn” error after the pressure was achieved so I had to release the pressure immediately(before 5 mins). I just wouldn’t suggest chopping them together as you’ll first want to caramelize the onions. You can use either fresh tomatoes or canned tomatoes to make this onion masala, and I’ll explain how to do that in the directions below. I did forget abt the garlic so I do hav to add garlic to my food while cooking but other than my mistake this onion masala is the best. I do not have an immersion blender, can I pulse it in my regular blender till it because crushed like? I’m so happy to hear that Yes, you can definitely add spices when cooking rather than to the masala . Would this work if I froze the tomato/onion/ginger/garlic without the spices and add them when I actually use the frozen masala cubes? I tried this for the first time, I read comments before so I ensured good oil and scrapped the bottom, but I got the burn notice. Hommade onion tomato masala, base for any curries or gravies. I hope you love everything you make using this masala – let me know what you try . Use this for all the recipes. Evan, this just made my day! Cook the onions for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned (keep the stirring to a minimum in the beginning to brown the onions faster. To make Onion Tomato Masala, you need onions, tomatoes, ginger, green chillies, and cooking fat of your choice. You can double it! Having this onion tomato masala handy is an incredible time-saver and makes it possible to eat authentic, healthy, and delicious Indian meals every day. My husband hates when I cook onions on the stove. Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines. That is exhausting, and what makes Indian cooking seem unapproachable. If the pot reaches pressure then the dish should turn out fine… let me know! now add 1 onion, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste and saute well. I am quite meticulous about ensuring there are no burnt bits before I put the pressure function on. Thanks, Ann! My parents usually use a 3:1 ratio while my in-laws use a 2:1 ratio. can we use tamato paste instead of fresh or canned tomatoes? I also got the burn message until I slightly covered the pot while cooking the onions so that they stayed a little moist. Hope that helps answer your question! I know everyone is all about “meal prep” these days. You will also need to adjust/play around with how much to use in my other onion masala recipes as well. Here is his recipe. Press the sauté button on the Instant Pot, adjust the heat to the highest setting, then add the oil to the pot. Thank you so so much for this series. How to make boiled onion tomato masala in the Instant Pot? Just so you know, the masala will last about a week in the fridge. Came out perfect. Just be sure to keep that in mind when preparing meals. FYI, I used fresh Roma tomatoes, not canned. I leave the window open and turn in the exhaust fan but that doesn’t do it. 12- Grind the masala to a smooth paste using your blender. You can also make this masala without the ginger, garlic, and spices if you prefer. Also gives the chance to do try south vs. northern India? And thanks for the kind words, you’ll have to let me know what you think of other recipes you try! Thank you! 4. Its easy and gives authentic taste too. I used canned tomatoes. I’ve never actually had onion masala when not already in a dish so cannot say for sure if it is ‘legit’ but it sure smells legit! Blend the masala using a blender or an immersion blender (it can be smooth or slightly chunky – up to you!). I’m just making this and wanted to check if you didn’t add salt to this paste for a reason. Ok this is the smartest thing I have ever read abt cooking. I have made this onion masala many times and recommended your blog to all my busy mum friends. What do you think? I used these large ice cube trays to freeze the … Thank you so much, I love your recipes! I have to tell you, my kitchen smells AMAZING right now so I’d say definitely give it a go! Make the recipe below for Indian onion masala. Indian Curry Sauce | Onion Tomato Bhuna Masala (Instant Pot) Jan 5, 2018 – As with most Indian food recipes, this one also starts off with fresh produce. I got the burn error 3 times, each time I added more oil but it still kept burning the mix to the bottom of the pan, also thoroughly cleaned the pan between each try. Have you tried to use this is Malai? Ashley, have you experienced this when making the recipe? Various preparations of Bhindi or okra are very frequently cooked in Indian homes, since not only is this dish really quick and easy to make but is also a favorite of kids and adults alike. This is such a life-saver for busy mums! Also, can we double this recipe or will this cause problems w the onion browning? Do you leave spices in the sauce when you make curry? Parina, thank you so much for the kind words! in ice cube trays (so a specific size)? I love authentic Indian food and making it in such little time seems like a miracle to me. Can you use 1/2 cup of ghee instead of oil? Sylvia, I can’t wait to hear what you think! Hi Sejal, I’ve made this so many times (using fresh and canned) and have never gotten a burn error – I’ve even TRIED to get a burn error just to see what’s going on out but haven’t been able to. Adam, I’m so happy to hear that!! I don’t add any water so 2 cups seems like quite a lot – yes, you’d need to boil the water off at the end. I can’t believe I haven’t measured as I’ve made this so many times… I want to say 4-5 cups. Hi! Well, this is how a lot of Indians meal prep. That’s so great to hear! Charles, totally up to you as to whether you want to add them in or not I find it easier as I have less work to do when I make recipes – I just add additional spices as needed. I don’t have an ace blender so I’m not sure… if you try, please let me know! I’ll share my reply here too incase you see it sooner: the burn sign comes on sometimes if the IP detects that something on the bottom has burned but it sounds like you removed any burnt bits before starting. I love the sizzling Paneer Masala. I hate cutting onions which is the main reason i stay away from cooking indian food. Your email address will not be published. When we were … I have an 8qt ip. Can we do this with red onions? Onion tomato gravy is a simple side dish for chapathi|dosai,perfect for picnics. Now I always have stock of this onion masala in my freezer. In this recipe, yours is much more heavy on the coriander! If so, any guesstimate on the amount? I cannot wait to try this. It is one of the most basic condiment to accompany almost all south Indian breakfast recipes … The IP and these recipes have changed my life!! Thanks so much. Thanks for this recipe. This eBook includes 100+ north Indian and south Indian recipes that have been converted to be Paleo-friendly! and is it ok to store the masala in the freezer to use it for later use? Grab your onions and tomatoes and get ready to make some Indian onion masala! . His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi. Varsha, that’s so great to hear! Add oil,Once the oil is hot add diced onions and saute onions … Just made this for the first time. Hi Ashley, Thanks for any insights you can provide. can we blend the onions first then fry them ? It’s the base of many Indian dishes, and by preparing it in advance, you can significantly reduce the cook time for many Indian recipes. These recipes are so flavorful that you'll never get bored following your new, healthier lifestyle! Let me know how it goes! I just suggest yellow because I feel it gives the masala a slightly sweet flavor. Thanks! So if I am making this masala and trying to refrigerate, how long will it be good ? In this recipe, when you say npr , do you release pressure after 10 mins, or do you wait till valve comes down? They had relatively little liquid. I’ve also heard though that even if the burn sign comes on, as long as it comes to pressure it should turn out fine. Please add more recipes with this masala (maybe different type of lentil/vegetable ones). Hi Ashley. What is the difference between Curry Leaves and Curry Powder? So, I put everything in a pot and cooked on the stove (doubling the 5-minute pressure cooker time, which from a comment from you above, probably was not enough.) And I’m so glad you’re interested in this series! Thanks for another wonderful recipe that in turn will make the other recipes even faster! Lena, Hi Lena! I’m caramelize the onions on medium to medium low for about 45 min and then cook the tomatoes/spices for another 45-1 hour. Just google it. What about not adding the spices until you cook your final dish and just cook and freeze the onion, ginger, garlic and tomatoes adding spices later? Another batch of this will be made very soon. Season with salt and powdered masalas as your recipe requires and add your protein or vegetables as you normally would. Indian onion masala is a flavorful sauce made up of onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, and spices. I noticed that quite a few people had Burn issues so I transferred the masala to a 3 quart liner and set that on a trivet in an IP Duo 60. Should I cut the recipe in half? I am wondering how many 1/2 cup servings (or 1/4 cup) your batches usually make? I sauteed the onions for 20 minutes, and they still had a lot of moisture. You prepare a big batch, freeze it, then take it out whenever you need to make a quick meal. I am worried if I use this in a curry would that make it sour? Have you by any chance tried this using a good tomato puree? Also, if you have a food processor, you can use that to chop the onions easily – it’s definitely worth investing in one in my opinion . Add some of the onion tomato gravy base (I use about 3 tbsp to cook a meal for two) and fry it with the dry spices and aromatics. Also love that you used this on tortellini!! Can I make it in a slow cooker instead of an IP? Bobbie, so glad it came out well! Hi Tamran, blending the onions will release more water content and so it’ll take you much longer to brown the onions. This results in a thicker masala. Want to make any curries,let it be a simple potato curry to chole masala or chicken curry, you have to start from the basic onion and tomato masala. Add fresh tomato puree and salt. Both my boys, who are in college and love Indian food, are now cooking Indian curries themselves, thanks to the “masala balls” I supply them every time they visit! I noticed you don’t add a ton of spice to the nasal, unlike a lot of other recipe’s I’ve used. Mix and add red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and sauté till oil begins to … I emptied the pot and cleaned it thoroughly, added some more oil and put the masala back but got a burn notification again. So excited about not having to chop on a regular basis now! To my surprise, I got the same error again. I’m hoping the same is true for the dal! When I made the sauce, I did not put masala in it, and I left it when I made curry? I know your recipes that call for onion masala explain wether or not we can use the cubes still frozen but could you explain how to determine this ? Hi there, Thank you so much for this recipe. It’s definitely a big accomplishment when you can impress an Indian mom lol. @Ashley, I haven’t made anything in your onion masala series but I just made this last night to sweeten up an aloo gobi matar that was lacking the sweetness that you need to lift up the “sulphuric” quality of brassicas like cauliflower. The short version: I store it in these silicone molds – each mold holds 1/4 cup of onion masala. And so it’s likely not as strong in flavor? This will make sure we’re eating lots more flavorful dishes in the near future! Adding pav bhaji masala to the basic tomato onion curry base is a good idea as the masala is so aromatic and flavorful. Delicious and spicy tomato masala which taste so yummy with idli, dosa, idiyappam, roti or with some hot rice. . Having this masala ready to go is the best way to meal prep for Indian Cuisine. Hi Ashley, I love this idea! In fact, I’d say it’s basically essential if you want to enjoy Indian food every day. Using it everyday. I made this yesterday and I think mine might be a bit thin and I’ll just adjust portion size that way. I just finished my first batch of onion masala and I’m moving on to toor dal. Hope that helps! Let the onion tomato masala cool completely and then freeze in individual portions. . No stirring involved!!! HI Guys I have had 2 Burn messages not a happy chappy at the moment…last time I added extra water but still got the burn message on the 2nd attempt. Thanks & can’t wait to make this! Hi Sharon, I’m so glad you love your IP! Since you blend everything at the end anyways, the cuts of the onions, garlic, and ginger don’t really matter. Priya, that’s awesome! Hi! I have a time-saving tip that I use regularly! If anyone out there is hesitating, don’t. Servings: 250g masala will make a curry for 3-4 people, this recipe will make around 6 portions of 250g Time: 2 hours. I’m sure you can halve this recipe – I don’t see why it’d be an issue. Because it was on a trivet and above the element I increased the time to 8 minutes at high pressure with long NPR. Now my son has requested for more cauliflower masala for himself and his flatmate. Make sure to adjust the temperature to sauté at the highest setting when sautéing the onions. I need to go to the indian store and get some whole urad dal and panner to make your other recipes. Does anyone have this problem, and any potential explanations and solution? Onion Tomato Masala, is the base gravy for many Indian dishes,you can make paneer butter masala, mushroom masala ,aloo curry & many more with this one base gravy. * The onions were quite soft, so I went ahead and followed the rest of the recipe; the masala came out quite well! Just finished my second batch. Hi Ashley, I have been using your onion masala recipe for almost a year now. I have turned off the pot now so will I add extra water again as my chopped tomatoes were quite thick, how much water is enough please ? Hi Nisha, that’s so great to hear!! If you try will you let me know? Thanks, Karuna! This really speeds up prep time. i just made cauliflower masala with it and my daughter loves it. thank you, Your email address will not be published. How much should I use? I’m so glad you like the idea – let me know if you try any of the recipes from my onion masala series! Learn here how to make this recipe with step by step pictures and video. This is a series that I am working on during the month of February, so I will update the blog with recipes that call for onion masala throughout the next several weeks. That’s fine–the flavor is great! thank you. They make me feel like I’m home again and I just am so appreciative to have stumbled upon the website and FB group. JEM – I made it without oil this morning. It’d be great if you could comment on how to evaluate when there’s enough liquid and what to do if there’s not. I actually link to a post on how to store/freeze onion masala: . I made masala in my new Instant Pot Ultra. Thanks! very easy and works everytime. I am making this right now and am so excited about all the recipes that i can make with it!! I’m a new mom and this makes it so easy to throw something together and eat healthy. Would this recipe still work if I blended the onions, garlic and ginger and cooked that down instead of starting with chopped onions? It turned out more like the way you suggested the first time I made it because I was concerned about messing it up, and I had all the right ingredients to make the aloo baingan eggplant. Also, after closing the lid do you change the IP settings to pressure cook or cook it in the sauté mode itself? I am trying to make Malai Kofta. My first ever batch of onion masala is now bubbling away happily on my stove. I recently shared this with my mother who finished her first batch of Onion Masala today. Thanks for letting me know how much you like this masala . I searched forever for a recipe that replicated my favorite yellow dal soups at Indian restaurants, and the dal fry recipe here, using the onion masala, is it. Hi Pavi, it’ll stay good in the fridge for a week, you can definitely use it up by then! I tried increasing the volume of oil used to 3/4 cup but it didnt make a difference! My freezer space due to covid is a little tight. I made yummy Aloo Gobi with the leftover I didn’t freeze in the silicon cups, and tonight made the Pav Bhaji perfectly without any issue. Any suggestions? Let me know how it goes . And thanks for sharing the number of servings you got! My guess is 1 cup of masala – if you try it out, let me know how it goes! Cleaned the pot, and added even more oil and water. It took a lot longer for the onions to brown – a good 30-35 mins before I was close to the colour in Ashley’s picture, but other than that no problems. Where has onion masala been all my life??!! Add the spices, give everything a good stir, then secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 5 minutes at high pressure. Basic Indian Curry Sauce, also known as Bhuna Masala, made with onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and spices. I was having a lot of fun making this until the Instant Pot gave me the dreaded “burn” indication and wouldn’t pressurize. Thanks . Hello. How much ginger is required? Plus, you won’t have to babysit a pot on the stove for as long. Thanks in advance! Just a splash each time, which surprised me. That is so awesome to hear!! I cleaned it completely, poured everything back in, and tried again thinking I had solved the problem. . But this is a game changer. After starting pressure cooking, I got a BURN error in a few minutes. This took about 2 hours. Pour your rich, dark masala into a jar and store it in the fridge or let it cool completely and decant into freezer bags. That seems to be the risk of not having additional liquid in the recipe. . Thanks for this wonderful recipe. I’m so glad to hear that! Each of them has been so easy and delicious! Even if you accidentally use sweet onions and red tomatoes, or you don’t brown the onions quite enough, this recipe is to die for.! This recipe makes Indian cooking so easy. I honestly hate chopping and while it felt like ot took me forever to chop the onions I needed foe this onion masala recipe it was totally worth it! Or you can try to use some of this masala and cook down tomatoes when a recipe calls for them. Can’t wait to hear what you think of the onion masala recipes . You can try adding a few tablespoons of water, deglaze the bottom then try again. Thank you for this super time-saving trick. This is the base for many Indian dishes such as lentils and curries. It is up to you as to how brown you would like the onions. I have been watching my parents make onion masala, also known as onion tomato gravy, for as long as I can remember. 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