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Onion and Tomato Gravy | Side Gravy for Biryani | Indian Onion Gravy

onion and tomato gravy

Onion and tomato gravy is a lip-smacking side dish for a range of items.  Ghee rice, biryani and pulav, in particular, will be mouth-watering with this gravy. It is also called as, among others, Indian onion gravy. Check it on the health scale, and you will find this food gets a good score on this yardstick also. All these should be strong reasons to know how to make onion-tomato gravy.

For chapati, roti, nan and dosa too, the Indian onion gravy can be a good fit.

If you do not have the vegetables or the time to make a curry, onion-tomato gravy would be a fine choice. The reason? The steps to make this side gravy, for biryani, ghee rice, pulav and other, are simple and few.

In fact, you can make this  gravy in about 15 minutes, assuming the items are prepared.

What about the ingredients? Thanks to the onion and tomato gravy recipe, with just the items you commonly use in everyday cooking, you can make this side gravy for biryani and some other rice delicacies.
3 Health Benefits of Onions
health benefits of onions
1. Onions have a compound called quercetin, which may work as an antioxidant. It may reduce the risk of cancer.1
2. People with high blood pressure may benefit from eating onions, as these might reduce the BP.2
3. Quercetin in onions may prevent ulcers.3
Read more information about the Health Benefits of Onions in the blog.

The two of the ingredients that standout in the onion-tomato gravy are groundnuts and turmeric. While the first boosts the taste of this side dish, the second adds flavor and color and, more importantly, steps-up the health value of this gravy.

Garnish the onion and tomato gravy with plenty of fresh coriander leaves and a few drops of lemon juice.

ragi ambli

Ragi ambli is said to be nutritious
Drinking a glass of ragi ambli or porridge in the morning can be a great way to start a day.

Here is the ragi ambli recipe.

Ref:  1Absorption and antioxidant effects of quercetin from onions, in man, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, nature.com/ejcn/journal/v53/n2/pdf/1600682a.pdf; 2Quercetin Reduces Blood Pressure in Hypertensive Subjects, The Journal of Nutrition, jn.nutrition.org; 3Recent Trends of Treatment and Medication Peptic Ulcerative Disorder, International Journal of PharmTech Research, sphinxsai.com

Servings: 3-4


Onion, finely chopped, 1/2 cup
2. Tomatoes, finely chopped, 1/2 cup

tomatoes health benefits

Tomatoes have many medicinal values
What are the tomatoes health benefits?

Read the Health Benefits of Tomatoes in the blog for an answer.
3. Oil 1 tablespoon
4. Chili powder 1 teaspoon or to taste
5. Garam masala powder 1/4 teaspoon or to taste
6. Turmeric 1/4 teaspoon

health benefits of turmeric

Turmeric is a treasure chest of medicinal properties
Research studies have shown that turmeric is good for the health.

Get to know about the Benefits of Turmeric in the blog.
7. Sugar 1 pinch
8. Milk 1/2 cup
9. Salt to taste
10. Chopped coriander leaves

For paste:

1. Groundnut / peanut 1 tablespoon
2. Sesame seeds / til  / ellu 1 teaspoon
3. Cashew nuts 10-15
4. Poppy seeds / gasagase / khas khas / khus khus 1 teaspoon

How to make Onion-Tomato Gravy?

Preparing the paste

1. Soak the cashew nuts and poppy seeds in water for about 30 minutes.

If you soak the poppy seeds, you can grind them finely.
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2. Dry fry the groundnuts till these crackle and get a few brown spots.
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3. Dry fry the sesame seeds till these splutter. onion tomato gravy s3
4. Grind all the ingredients to a fine paste using water. onion tomato gravy s4

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Ground Paste

Making the Gravy

1. Heat the oil till it becomes hot. onion tomato gravy s5
2. Add onions, sugar and a few pinches of salt.

Fry till the onion turns to light golden brown.
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3. Add turmeric and chili powder.

Fry for a few seconds.

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4. Add the tomatoes.

Fry till the oil separates from the mixture.
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5. Add the ground paste, water, garam masala, milk and salt.

Cook till there is no raw taste.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

Ensure the gravy has a thin-consistency, because as it cools down it becomes thick.
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6. Onion and tomato gravy is ready. onion and tomato gravy final

TIPS Onion and Tomato Gravy
1. You can fry the onions, in Step 2, using less oil. However, the cooking time will be more.
2. To speed the frying of onions and still reduce the oil content:

- Add more oil and fry the onions
- Remove the excess oil, after frying is complete.
3. Use green chilies as a substitute for chili powder. If you use both these items, the gravy will be tastier.
4. You do not have to use milk in Step 5. If you do use it, the gravy will be richer. Cream can be used in lieu of milk.

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