Onion and Tomato Gravy for Curries/How to make Basic Onion Tomato Gravy

We are entering into 3rd week of Blogging Marathon #37 and for this week I will be sharing the kitchen basics.
Today's one is going to be the onion and tomato gravy which is vastly used in Indian cooking to make curries.This gravy is the base for many curries such as paneer butter masala or channa masala.If the paste is handy then your curry will be ready in few minutes.You can freeze this gravy for a month and refrigerate for 15 days.Off to the recipe....................

Basic Information

Preparation Time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking Time ~ 40-50 minutes
Makes ~ 4 cups(approximately)


Onion(finely chopped)3(medium size)
Tomato(finely chopped)6-7(medium size)
Garlic/poondu (chopped)6-7 cloves
Ginger/inji(chopped)2 inch
Green chilly/pachamilagai3-4
Red chilly powder/milagai podi1 1/2 tbs
Coriander Powder/dhaniya podi21/2  tbs
Turmeric powder/manjal podi1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder1 tsp
Salt2 tsp
Oil5 tbs


Heat the pan with a tbs of oil and saute the onion till transparent,then add the green chilly,ginger and garlic.Saute it for couple of minutes in a medium flame.Now add the chopped tomatoes and cook it till mushy with a pinch of salt.Put off the flame and let it cool down completely.

After cooling grind it a fine paste without adding any water and keep it aside.Now heat pan with the remaining oil and add the ground paste to and saute it for a minute.Now add all the spice powders and mix it well.Add around two cups of water and cook it covered till the oil separates in a medium flame.

After cooling store it in a zip lock cover and keep it in the refrigerator or freezer.


  • The amount of red chilly powder and coriander powder can be increased according to the personal preference.
  • Freeze  1 cup of paste in individual cover so that no need to thaw everything.
  • Instead of zip lock covers it can be stored in the ice tray also.
  • The seasonings can be adjusted in the curry.
  • Cook it covered otherwise it will splash everywhere.
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very useful post n superb presentation!!!

I do prepare this and store it for busy week.. Very useful post Nalini

very use full post.....thanks for sharing.wonderful clicks!

never prepare it separately, but whenever i prepare gravy, i do follow this kind of method.. and i liked the rope around the glass... very colourful

Have never thought of preparing it separately and storing it. Nice idea.

Very useful looking gravy base particularly best for quick lunch.

Useful post...life make easier...thanks for this sharing this wonderful recipe...

Very useful post... Never tried storing gravy this way..

loved the clicks.. gr8.. useful post.. perfect for those who stay away from home..

very useful post and delicious gravy for curries :) perfect flavorful one !!

Nice basic gravy for different curries.. beautiful clicks..

what a great creamy texture you achieved

Wow what a beautiful pic!..and so useful..

Super flavoful masala paste gor so many Indian curries.

Lovely presentation and a neat idea.

Such a useful post! Making subzis is a breeze with this.

Very perfect gravy...Handy for urgent cooking... Nice clicks aks...

Very useful gravy & will reduce cooking time a lot..

Very Useful post as everyone said..Happy to follow you!!

A very useful gravy to have in the freezer/refrigerator!

Very innovative recipe, great way to stock up some on this. You must call this curry in a hurry :p ;)

I saw something similar on Sanjeev Kapoor's show.Have been wanting to make this .Beautiful clicks...

Onion and tomato gravy for currieshow seems delectable and healthy. I love to taste it

Really a bookmark recipe and also give the onion and tomotto in grams

Give me the onion and tomotto in grams

Give the onion and tomotto in grams or cup measure

Chopped onion around 2 cups and tomatoes 4 cups...

very nice idea....though we cook regularly but never do it smartly. thanks for the tip

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