Brown onion masala is a flavorful Indian 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 cook time for many Indian recipes. This sauce is rich, thick, fragrant, with a real robust and aromatic flavor. Chef Ravi
Transfer onions, garlic, and ginger to a food processor or blender. Pulse until roughly pureed.
Heat oil in a pan and cumin seeds. When it starts to crackle, add the onion, ginger, and garlic paste to the pan. Cook at a medium heat until the color changes to light brown. Stir 4-5 minutes so that the paste doesn’t burn or stick to the bottom of the pan.
While the onion paste is cooking, roughly chop tomatoes in processor or blender, pulse until smooth and pureed.
Add the tomatoes, garam masala, and salt to the pan; cook 20-25 minutes until its color changes to pale brown. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.