Freezing this curry masala base made of onions, tomatoes, green chilies, spices and oil is an ultimate cooking hack! This curry base can be preserved up to several weeks in the freezer and can be used in all sorts of Indian curries and other savory dishes. It also helps to cut down on the extra oil in the cooking process.
Make these masala cubes and ginger garlic cubes ahead in bulk, to save time cutting and chopping in the kitchen, and these FROZEN MASALA CUBES make all Indian recipes simple and easy.
Just throw few cubes into a pan and once they melt(thaw the cubes to speed up the process), add clean cut meat, seafood or veggies and cook as usual. You can also use these in Instant Pot cooking.
For rich and thick gravies add 5-6 masala cubes and 1-2 ginger garlic cubes and no extra oil, unless you need more.
For small quantity curries, 1 ginger garlic cube and up to 3 masala cubes will do great.
Once the masala cubes are frozen, you can store in zip lock bags in the freezer, to save space or to re-use the ice cube trays. I have used silicone ice cube trays which makes it easier to pop out when you need one but you can use any kind of mold or trays.
Check my Coconut Chicken Curry recipe made using these masala cubes.
Yield: 15-20 cubes Cooking time:15 minutes DIRECTION
Yield: 15-20 cubes
Cooking time:15 minutes