Masala Paste

This is a basic Indian onion tomato masala paste with some spices. This masala paste freezes well and can be used in number of recipes making it a must for busy days !

2 big onions +  2 onions for tempering
4 tomatoes
8 garlic cloves
10 cashew nuts
2 inches ginger piece
6 tsp oil
1 tsp turmeric powder
3 tsp red chilli powder
2 tsp garam masala powder 
1 tsp jeera/ cumin powder
2 tblsp kasuri methi


  • Roughly chop 2 onions, tomatoes and ginger
  • Put chopped onions,tomatoes,ginger, garlic cloves,cashews in a pan, add 1/2 cup water and cook for 10 mins or till tomatoes are cooked
  • You can also cook in cooker for 2 whistles
  • Let it cool, once it comes to room temperature blend it into a smooth paste.
  • Finely chop the remaining two onions 
  • Heat oil in a pan add the finely chopped onions and fry till they turn transparent
  • Add the ground paste and fry for 10 mins
  • Now add in the spice powders one by one and fry for 2-3 mins
  • Add kasuri methi , stir well and turn off the flame
  • Once it comes to room temperature store it in a clead dry jar and preserve it in freezer.


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