Many restaurants will start their curries with a base masala like this which they make in large quantities. I use this to make a Chicken Brummie Masala…
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 133 6%
Calories from Fat 99
Total Fat 11.1g 17%
Saturated Fat 1.6g 8%
Unsaturated Fat 9.3g
Total Carbohydrate 9.4g 3%
Dietary Fibre 2.6g 10%
Protein 1.8g 3%
Cholesterol 0.0mgs 0%Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
For the base masala
For the Chicken Brummie Masala
- Prepare the base gravy. Fry the spices in the ghee for 30 seconds.
- Add the onions and the garlic & ginger paste and stir-fry for 5-7 minutes until the onions start to brown.
- Add in the tomatoes, the salt, and 500 ml (16 fl oz/2 cups) of water. Bring to the boil and simmer part-covered for about 30 minutes.
- Remove the lid and simmer for a further 15 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Process the sauce with a hand-blender in a deep pan or bowl, or process in a food processor. Your Universal Sauce is ready!
- To prepare the curry, brown the chicken in the ghee for 5 minutes. Add the Universal Sauce, the sugar and the mango powder. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add in the chillis and cook for a further 10 minutes. Season to taste, then s
You can make a large batch of the sauce and freeze it in curry-sized portions ready for when you fancy a curry. Add various spices to create tomato-based curries which approximate to, for example, rogan josh, bhuna, patia, madras, vindaloo, …