What's the optimum — or, at least, the most widely used — tomato to onion ratio for making the tomato masala (sauce)? Masala is used as the base for a number of north Indian dishes. Onions are fried in oil and then tomatoes and spices are added and cooked down until the oil separates out.
I am not intimately familiar with the recipe but according to the recipes I have researched the ratio seems to run the gamut from 2-1 tomatoes to onions all the way to 1-1 tomatoes to onions. I would recommend starting at the 2-1 ration and adjusting according to taste.
Here are the recipes I reviewed:
I hope that helps! Ideally someone with more experience with this dish can eventually write a more comprehensive answer.
I have a coworker from North India whose wife is a fantastic cook. I asked him and he asked her.
Her response was basically "it depends".
Her recipes are commonly 1:1 ratios. I commented that this was a lot of onion and my coworker said that's fine because he's the one that chops it.
Some recipes have even more onion and the onion is pureed. Others have a little more tomato.
She recommended starting with a 1:1 ratio by volume unless there is a specific type of masala recipe that requires a different ratio.
The ratio basically depends upon ones taste and the dish in particular. 2:1 ratio is opted in cases where we would like to have a sweet taste of the tomato, in other cases we go for 1:1.
Often for spicy dishes 2:1 is preferred.
I would recommend to start from 1:1, and bring down the ratio depending upon whether you love the taste of tomato.
I basically stick to 2:1, as I am not a tomato fan.. B-)
Ratio should be 1 onion and 2 tomatoes.reason is onion is naturally sweet in taste and when u caramelised it it's become more sweet so adding double quantity of tomato help to balance the sweet in ur gravy.
An important factor is the type of tomatoes, and more specifically, how watery they are.
For example, roma tomatoes tend to be more fleshy, so I rarely go above 1:1 with those, while hothouse tomatoes can be very watery, so I may even go up to 3:1.