of oil, add the cumin & fennel seed let it fry in oil for 30 secs.Then add the onions, ginger & garlic along with 1/4 tsp of salt and saute till the onions become translucent.Then add the cashews and tomato and saute till the tomato becomes mushy.Switch off the flame and let it cool completely.Put the onion & tomato masala into mixie/blender jar and grind them into smooth paste. Heat the pan with remaining oil and add the whole spices(cinnamon, cloves and cardamom),let it fry in oil for 30 secs.Then add the masala paste and spice powder(turmeric, red chili & coriander powder) and salt.If needed add some water and cover the pan with lid and cook for 8-10 mins in medium flame. By the time, the raw smell of the masala is gone,open the lid and keep in low flame until the oil separates on the top. Finally add the garam masala & mix well and switch off the flame.That's it, Basic Onion Tomato masala for indian curry is ready.
Sambar powder is a basic pantry staple of a typical south indian household. For my non-Indian friends,sambar is a south Indian style lentil stew with veggies usually served with idly ,dosa or even with rice too
* Chop and finely grind onions in food processor and set aside. * Add tomato puree. However everyday after work what was he to do, so I had prepared this basicmasala gravy that he can add to any veggies to prepare curried veggies as a side dish and have it with Naan or Rice
Add garam masala powder(optional). Add chopped tomatoes, mix well and cook for few minutes. This dish is perfect for rainy season or winter season as the curry gives a spicy flavor of the black peppercorns