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Instant Pot Indian Onion Tomato Masala

This onion tomato masala (also known as Bhuna Masala) is an easy and flavorful Indian curry sauce made up of onion, tomato, ginger, garlic and spices in Instant pot pressure cooker
Course curry, sauce
Cuisine Indian
Keyword bhuna masala, indian curry sauce, indian onion tomato masala
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 234kcal
Author Bhavana Patil

Ingredients

Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250ml

  • ½ cup oil
  • 4 large yellow onions diced (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 green chillies
  • 10-12 cloves garlic
  • 2 inch ginger
  • 5 large roma tomatoes (about 3 cups) or 2 (14.5 oz) can of diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup water as needed

Spices (adjust to taste):

Instructions

Instant Pot Method:

  • Press SAUTE on Instant Pot. Add oil,Once the oil is hot add diced onions and saute onions for about 15-20 minutes until onions get light golden brown.Stir at regular intervals.
  • Next add green chilies, ginger, garlic and saute for another 4-5 minutes stirring frequently.
  • Then add diced tomatoes, spices and stir well.Cook the another 3-4 minutes or until the tomatoes are just soft. Add ¼ cup of water to deglaze the bottom of the pot to remove any stuck bits to avoid BURN alert.
  • Close the lid on the pot.Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and set timer to 5 minutes.
  • Once the pot beeps, do a NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE (NPR).
  • Blend the onion masala using a immersion blender (until smooth or slightly chunky as per your preference). If you don’t have a immersion blender ,puree in a blender in batches once slightly cooled.The sauce will continue to thicken a bit as it cools down.
  • Completely cool the masala and transfer to a air-tight container and refrigerate or freeze into silicon moulds (see instructions below).

Stovetop Pressure Cooker Method:

  • Follow the same recipe as above using a stove top pressure cooker and pressure cook for 2 whistles and reduce flame and cook for another 5 minutes.Then turn off the gas.
    Once the pressure has released naturally, Blend the onion masala using a immersion blender (until smooth or slightly chunky as per your preference).

Stovetop Pot Method:

  • Follow the same recipe as above using a heavy bottom pot on medium-high heat till step 3 then Cover the pot and cook for 15-20 minutes stirring at regular intervals till the sauce thickens.Blend the onion masala using a immersion blender (until smooth or slightly chunky as per your preference).

Notes

I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT
 
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 843mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 480IU | Vitamin C: 22.3mg | Calcium: 51.1mg | Iron: 1mg