This traditional Indian Style Tomato Gravy can be used as a base for all sorts of vegetables or tofu . This is often referred to as a "curry". It is usually eaten with plain white rice or with Indian Bread Roti/Naan/Paratha.
How To Make Basic Indian Style Tomato Gravy In Bulk & Freeze For Quick Meals
Preparation Time:- 15 Minutes
Cooking Time:- 30-40 Minutes
Makes:- Gravy for 3-4 Curries approx
Recipe Source:- Preety's Kitchen
Oil:- 1/4 Cup
Cumin seeds:- 1 Tbsp
Bay Leaves:- 2
Garlic:- 1/8 Cup, chopped
Ginger:- 1/8 Cup,chopped
Onion:- 5-6 medium/small size, chopped
Tomato Puree:- 4 Cups ( Grind the fresh tomatoes until smooth to make tomato puree)
Turmeric Powder:- 1 Tbsp
Red Chilli Powder:- 1 Tbsp
Garam Masala Powder:- 1 Tbsp
Coriander Powder:- 1/2 Tbsp
Dried Mango Powder/ Aamchoor Powder:- 1/2 Tbsp
Cardamom Powder:- 1 Tsp
Nutmeg:- A Pinch
Cinnamon:- 1/2 Tsp
Brown Sugar:- 1 Tbsp
1) Grind the onion ,ginger and garlic together in a food processor till you get a smooth paste.
2) Heat the oil in a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed pan on a medium flame. When hot add cumin seeds & bay leaf.
4)Add the onion , ginger & garlic paste you prepared. Fry until light brown in color and all the moisture from onion paste is gone.
4)Add the tomato puree, sugar and all the spices. Cook for 15-20 minutes stirring in between until the raw smell of tomatoes are gone and gravy is well cooked. Do the taste test and make any adjustments if needed.
5)Switch of the gas, let the gravy cool down .
How To Store / Freeze The Basic Indian Style Tomato Gravy
1) Label the bags and fill the gravy ( as much you need for one recipe individually) in the freezer safe zip lock bags or airtight containers.
2) Put all the bags in one big gallon size freezer safe bag to avoid any leakage and pop them into the freezer.
When ready to use just take out one ziplock and put the frozen gravy directly in a pan and heat it on medium-low heat. As soon as it melted you can add anything of your choice like mix of precut frozen veggeis, or cut tofu or potatoes ,chickpeas and peas, etc.Let it come to a boil and do the taste test , adjust the seasonings if you want ( you can add any other seasonings if to like depending on what recipe you are making) and then switch off the gas. Sprinkle some cilantro leaves over the top and serve hot.
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