Basic Restaurant Style Curry Recipe | How to make Indian Curries

A basic restaurant style curry recipe is all you need to make various restaurant style gravies. Indian curries made simple, quick and easy with this make ahead base gravy!

An Indian restaurant recipe secret lies in the gravy base, which are pre made in the early hours so that the ordered dish reaches the table quickly. Not every dish can be made to order and there is a lot of preparation (Mise en place) which is done ahead of time. When service starts, protein and vegetables are added to the pre made gravy, garnished and served.

So, you ask How do you make tomato gravy? I have just the answer for you! A basic restaurant style curry recipe or as I like to call it “The BAAP of all gravies” :-D. The other day I was reading about a diary which an artist should always maintain? A diary of all their secrets or tricks of trade or base recipes in my case! This diary will have it’s worth in Gold because it will be your guide to great cooking every single time. Consistency and grit is what matters, right? So this basic restaurant style curry goes in my diary and I will soon add all other base gravies which are popular in India like “Yellow Gravy”, “White Gravy”, “Brown Gravy”, “Onion Gravy”, and much more.

Believe it or not but this restaurant style curry gravy is made in my household every week as part of my weekly meal prep and every week I make a different gravy out of it. Two months and 8 different restaurant style Indian curries later, I can safely say that it will be my go to recipe and it’s damn convenient to make it ahead of time.

This restaurant style curry recipe keeps well for 4 days in the fridge and 2 weeks (recommended to be used within 2 weeks) in the freezer. With this tomato and cashew gravy base, I have also shown four very popular Indian curries in the VIDEO but the possibilities are endless. Go ahead and make your life a bit simpler! Here’s the recipe video with detailed instructions for you to learn how to make the gravy.

Four different Indian Curries using Restaurant Style Curry Gravy Recipe

Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala


Easy, 15 minute restaurant style paneer butter masala recipe or paneer makhani recipe. Alert cottage cheese lovers!

Restaurant Style Chicken Tikka Masala


Easy 15 minute restaurant style chicken tikka masala recipe. Tender, spicy, smoky pieces of chicken in a creamy, tomato based gravy which is one of the most favorite Indian take out as well as the most popular Indian curry abroad.

Restaurant Style Veg Kadai


Easy 15 minute restaurant style veg kadai recipe. Also called veg handi or mix veg, this veg kadai recipe is spicy, flavorful and full of nutrition and the best way to consume vegetable

Gobi Masala Restaurant Style

Gobi Masala recipe restaurant style is a unique baked gobi in an Amritsari style curry preparation. Easy Vegan Cauliflower Curry recipe Indian style is flavorful, healthy and is damn delicious!

Basic Restaurant Style Curry Recipe

A basic restaurant style curry recipe is all you need to make various restaurant style gravies.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 750 gms
Author Nandita


  • 1 kg Tomatoes
  • 1 Onion medium
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 10-15 Garlic Cloves
  • 2-3 Green chilies
  • 4 Cardamom
  • 2 Bay leaf
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon
  • 2 Red chilies
  • 12-15 Cashews


  1. Place everything in a big pan and add water to cover all the vegetables. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

  2. Uncover and simmer for another 10-15 minutes or until the water level has reduced by half or more.
  3. Switch off the gas. If the water level is still high, drain the excess water and keep aside (can be used later in making the curry).
  4. Grind everything into a smooth paste. Sieve the gravy base for a smoother texture. This step is totally optional.

  5. Refrigerate the gravy base to be used within 4 days or freeze it (using an ice cube hack) for 2 weeks (at the most).

Must Try Indian Gravy Recipe
A must try dish for dinner nights or parties.
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    1. Yes, this paste is good for at least 4 days in the fridge. It’s a usual recipe in my household and it doesn’t go bad. I also freeze as ice cubes for upto two weeks.

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