Binny’s Masala

My Masala 


The base of every curry is really important, for this is what really enhances the taste of your dish and makes your vegetables/meat taste amazing. As it is cooked for a long time the spices really enhance and develop the flavours. It is well worth making this in advance.

Here is how I make mine 🙂 


  • 2 chopped red onions 
  •  2 chopped green chilies
  •  1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon crushed ginger
  •  ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  •  A couple of bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 large tomatoes, pureed 
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  •  ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  •  1 teaspoon coriander powder 
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala


  1. Blitz the onions, green chilies, garlic and ginger in a food processor/blendee until it is a fine paste. 
  2. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat and the cumin seeds, bay leaves and cinnamon sick. 
  3. When the cumin seeds start to sizzle, add the onion paste. 
  4. Turn the heat down and cook for around 15 minutes until the onions are softer. Stir occasionally to mix them around. 
  5.  Now add the rest of the spices and puréed tomatoes to the onions. 
  6. Put the lid on the pan and let this cook through for around 30 minutes.
  7. Give it an occasional stir in between.
  8. Once the oil separates from rest of the sauce, the masala is ready.

It is a good idea to make this advance and freeze it in little containers for days you want to whip up a curry quickly! 


About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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  1. Always a great idea to keep some masala paste, comes in very handy for quick dinners x

    Posted 6.23.15 Reply
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