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Makhani Masala

This is the curry paste behind all those gratifying makhani curries. You will be surprised to know that this makhani masala is utterly simple to make at home. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 200 gram
Author: Hina Gujral


  • 1 medium-size onion roughly chopped
  • 2 - 3 large-size ripe tomato diced
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon tomato ketcup
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginegr
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder


  • Heat butter in a pan.
  • Add the onion and green chili. Saute over low heat till onion become soft and light brown.
  • Next add the ginger and diced tomato.
  • Cook the masala it tomato turn soft and mushy.
  • Add salt, sugar, turmeric powder, tomato ketchup and Kashmiri red chili powder. Stir to combine.
  • Fry till the oil starts separating from the masala. Turn off the heat.
  • Allow the masala to cool down completely before blending into a smooth paste.
  • Store in a clean, dry jar for upto 2 weeks in the fridge.


*These ingredients yield approximately 1 Cup of masala sufficient to make curry for 4 adults.