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Instant Pot Tomato curry sauce

Learn how to make everyday Indian-style onion tomato masala paste easily at home. Make this bhuna masala using Instant Pot and use it in multiple everyday curries and dal.
Course Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 5 cups
Author Sravanthi



  • Start the instant pot in saute mode. Once it is hot, add oil to it.
  • Now 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 until they turn golden brown. 
  • Keep stirring the onions in between so that they do not burn. Once they are browned, you can see the oil oozing out from them. It will take around 20 minutes for onions to brown.
  • Now add chopped carrots and mix it well.
  • Next, add sliced tomatoes and let them cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Turn off the saute mode and close the lid of the Instant Pot. Select the Manual mode or Pressure cook mode and cook on HIGH pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Once the Instant Pot beeps and it is done, manually release the pressure carefully. Tomatoes will be cooked nicely. Discard the bay leaf.
  • Now using an immersion blender, blend the onion-tomato mixture into a smooth paste.
  • If you are using a normal mixer grinder or blender, make sure to cool the tomato paste and blend it. Instant Pot tomtao curry sauce is ready to use and store for later.


Depending on the thickness of the sauce, you will get 5 to 6 cups of this masala paste.  You can easily use this at least 5 times for a family of 4.