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Bhuna masala

Learn how to make everyday Indian-style onion tomato masala paste easily at home. Make this bhuna masala using stovetop pan and use it in multiple everyday curries and dal.
Course Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Sravanthi


  • 1 cup sliced tomatoes around 200 gms
  • ¾ cup sliced onions around 100 gms
  • ¼ cup grated carrot 1 medium sized
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 cardamom
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat a pan and add oil to it. Once it is hot, add cumin seeds, chopped garlic, chopped ginger, cardamon, cloves, and bay leaf to it.
  • After a minute or so, add sliced onions and fry them on medium flame until they turn golden brown.
  • It took around 8 minutes for me to brown them like this.
  • Now add grated carrot and stir it once.
  • Then add chopped tomatoes and cook until it is done. All the water release from the tomatoes should be evaporated. It will take around 7 to 8 minutes and depends on quantity and flame.
  • Let this onion-tomato mixture cool down a bit. Discard the bay leaf.
  • Now take this cooled mixture into a mixer grinder and make it into a fine or coarse paste depending on your liking. Bhuna masala paste is ready to use!