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Bhuna Masala in Instant Pot

Bhuna Masala, onion and tomato based curry masala recipe for North Indian Curries.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Condiments
Servings 2 Cups


  • Instant Pot


  • 3 Onions(Big)
  • 4-5 Tomatoes
  • 6-7 Garlic Cloves
  • 1" Ginger Piece
  • 2-3 Green Chillies as per taste optional
  • 1-2 Dry Whole Red Chillies
  • 2-3 tbsp Mustard Oil/ any good Vegetable oil


  • Peel and wash and roughly chop onions.
  • In a food processor add ginger, garlic, green chillies and chopped onions, and grind to a smooth paste.
  • Roughly chop tomatoes and grind in food processor.
  • Switch on the Instant Pot on SAUTE MODE. Set the timer for 10 minutes.
  • Add oil in inner pot. When the display shows hot, add oil. If using mustard oil heat till the smoking point, else add cumin seeds.
  • Ince the seeds crackle, add onion paste. Fry till light golden brown. While frying onions, keep on scraping the bottom of inner pot as onion paste can stick there and burn.
  • Once onions are done, add tomato puree. Mix everything well.
  • Canel the SAUTE MODE.Cover the lid and set the PRESSURE COOK Mode on for 2 or 3 minutes(depends how fine is tomato puree)..
  • Once the timer goes off, do the QPR(quick pressure release), open the lid.
  • If there is some extra water, in masala, switch on the saute mode again for another 5 mins, and cook masala till water dries up.
  • Cool it and pack it in portions in an ice tray or silicone baking cups as shown in pic, and freeze it or refrigerate it in a airtight container.
  • Use as and when required.


Canned and diced tomatoes can also be used in masala.
Once masala cools down, you can puree it to a very fine paste and then store.
I do not add dry spices like coriander powder or turmeric while preparing Bhuna Masala, you can always any of the dry spices as per your preferences.
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