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Quick Basic Curry Sauce with Pre-fried Onions

Basic Curry Gravy with Pre-fried Pyaz

Mamta Gupta

Curry Easy Fish Indian Main Meat Vegetarian

I always keep a packet of pre-fried onions in my freezer. It is kept in the freezer, because I don't use it often and it has a limited life, can go off quickly once opened. It takes minutes to make this delicious curry sauce. This is a basic recipe, you can alter it by what else you add to the sauce according to your recipe/choice. The last picture here shows a salmon curry made with this recipe, but you can use the sauce for anything you like, meat, vegetables, poultry, fish etc. etc. You can use tinned chickpeas or beans for a quick vegetarian curry. Or steam a couple of potatoes in the microwave while you are assembling the ingredients and making the sauce and make a potato or potato and peas curry. Make a spinach and peas curry. Basically, it is a tasty curry sauce, you use it with whatever will give you a quick result.

Serves 2


  • 1 tbsp. oil of choice. Pre-fried onions release oil too, so don't use too much here.
  • 1 tsp. black mustard/cumin/nigella seeds/Panch Pooran, Indian Five Spice Mix
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger
  • 1 tsp. grated garlic (optional)
  • A few curry leaves (optional)
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes, 300-400 gm or 1 level teacup approximately
  • 3/4 cup pre-fried or ready fried onions
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander seeds
  • Chilli powder to taste.


  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  2. Add cumin/mustard seeds or any other seeds you want to temper your curry with. Wait for seeds to crackle.
  3. Add ginger, garlic, curry leaves.
  4. Add tinned or chopped tomatoes (tinned are faster to cook), pre-fried onions, spices and salt.
  5. Stir fry for a couple of minutes. Your sauce is now ready as soon as oil seperates/shines at the edges of the mass.
  6. In the photos here, I have added a spoonful of grainy, made mustard sauce to it, because I was making a Salmon fish curry.
  7. Turn the heat off once the sauce is ready.
  8. Add whatever you need to make a curry out of.
This recipe was originally created Jan 11, 2017 and last updated May 14, 2024

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