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4.7 from 13 votes

Saufiyana Shimla mirch gravy

Rich and scrumptious Saufiyana gravy is extremely versatile . Perfect to make any occasion special. Make it ahead of time and freeze .
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: curry, gravy, main
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian, Punjabi
Author: Khushboo


  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium size or 2 small roughly chopped onions
  • 4 to matoes – roughly diced tomatoes
  • 3-4 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 2 peppercorns
  • 1 clove
  • Small stick cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tbsp garam masala- u can use garam masala too – add according to ur spice level
  • 1 tsp kasoori methi
  • 1 tsp sauf powder
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped dill leaves
  • 2-3 tsp red mirch adjust to the spice level
  • 1 tsp haldi dhaniya powder
  • ¼ cup warm milk plus 6-7 cashews soaked in it for 10 mins then grind to a smooth paste
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat a non stick pan with 2 tsp oil. We are using very little oil initially
  • Add onions. Sautee until brown. Add chopped garlic. peppercorn, clove , bay leaf cinnamon sautee 1 min. Add tomatoes and some salt. Give a quick mix. Cook until the tomatoes are tender. Do not add water. Cook for 3 mins or so .Switch off the gas. Let the mixture cool down. Discard bay leaf and cinnamon ,then blend the cooled mixture until a smooth paste.
  • Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a non stick pan
  • When warm .Add all masalas with 1 tbsp water and give a quick stir. Add sauf/fennel powder.Add the prepared puree. Add some water to thin the gravy if its too thick. cover and let it cook for 5 mins, stirring occasionally .Add cashew milk paste. Stir well. Add additional salt if needed. Add kasoori methi and cook for 2 mins. Lastly add finely chopped dill leaves. Its done. Taste test and make adjustments if needed .


Skip dill leaves if you don't have
You can use mint or any other herbs instead
Make this gravy ahead of time and freeze it upto 2 months in the freezer .
Just de frost it over the counter for 3-4 hours or in the micro wave . Do not re freeze .
Make a big batch and freeze in air tight containers or freezer safe bags in small one time use portions .