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  • 1. What is gravy with Indian context?

    Gravy is a sauce which is a blend of various ingredients like onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, spices, yoghurt, cashew paste cream, oil, butter etc. Different kinds of gravy have different ratio of these ingredients mostly smooth and sometimes coarse. Vegetables, seafood, chicken, meat and paneer are simmered along with these gravies to prepare a final dish in the restaurant.

  • 2. What is the role of the gravies while preparing Indian dishes?

    Gravies help the Chef to prepare most of his dishes without any hassle last minute; He uses different gravies for different dishes, Veg or non-Veg. Sometime makes a blend of 2 or 3 gravies and finishes the dish. He adds spices, seasonings, cream and butter or ghee last minute to enhance the taste of the final dish.

  • 3. What are the different kinds of gravy?

    Different kinds of gravies are:

    • Makhani gravy
    • Tomato gravy
    • Onion tomato masala
    • Yellow or Veg gravy
    • Cashew or white gravy
    • Brown onion gravy
    • Rogan josh gravy

  • 4. What are the most common gravies/bases, you would find in operators kitchen?

    Different types of gravies you would find in the Indian kitchen are:

    • Boiled/ Processed Tomato puree: Tomatoes boiled with spices, pulverized & strained, again boiled to thicken.
    • Cashew paste (separate) : Always kept ready, blended last minute as required.
    • Cashew paste cooked along with onion: Always kept ready, blended last minute to enrich gravies or used on its own.
    • Onion gravy (smooth): Brown Onion, Yellow Gravy, Veg gravy. Main ingredient being onion, which is mostly sautéed / deep fried / boiled and pureed, and cooked along with ginger garlic, spices, with or without Tomatoes (optional), with or without curds. (Most commonly found).
    • Most commonly used as a filler for most of the dishes.

    • Prepared Makhani Base (Similar to Knorr): Tomato + Cashew paste + Ginger Garlic + Spices + Khoya (milk solids) + Butter
    • White Gravy
    • Onion Tomato Masala (or Ram Ban masala) (same as Knorr)
    • Specialized Gravies:

      • 1. Rogan Josh Gravy
      • 2. Hyderabadi Gravy
      • 3. Mughlai Gravy

  • 5. What are the different ways of making Makhani Gravy?

    History of gravy making: Makhani gravy was invented in Delhi (Moti Mahal Restaurant. It used to be just fresh tomatoes, boiled, pureed and cooked to a gravy consistency with addition of spices. The whole art was how to get the right flavour of tomatoes by cutting its sourness without adding any other ingredient or base. Then came an era, when chefs started using cashew paste / charmagaj paste to tomato puree to make Makhani, which made it creamier richer and avoided any errors. Cashew and charmagaj are expensive ingredients. So all the channels or segments cannot use them. So chef /operator started using peanut paste, broken paneer, mava, Kaju kanni / other gravies like onion to blend with tomatoes and prepare Makhani sauce. That’s how, even today, there are various types of gravies that are still referred as Makhani by the restaurant, even if they look, taste differently. We have tried to customize our Knorr Gravy to suit most of the channels.

  • 6. How do you make authentic Makhani Gravy?

    Makhani gravy is made by pulversing fresh boiled tomatoes to a puree and than cooking this puree with cashew paste, spices, Kastoori Methi and than finally finished with cream, khoya and butter.

  • 7. How do you make Onion Tomato Gravy?

    To make onion tomato gravy you need to sauté chopped onions in oil, till they are brown, and then add ginger garlic paste spices and finally fresh tomato chopped or puree. It is cooked for a long time till all ingredients are cooked and blended and the oil comes on top. No water is added in the entire process.

    • Boiling tomatoes, pulverizing and making puree is a cumbersome time consuming process.
    • It requires a large quantity of fuel (gas/ coal) which is a costly input.
    • Overheads are increasing day by day.

  • 8. What is the average portion size of gravy in an Indian dish?

    Average portion size of an Indian dish is 250 gm out of which Makhani gravy is about 100 to 120 gm per dish of 250 gm. Rest would be either proteins or vegetables. Average portion size of Onion Tomato masala gravy is about 50 to 60 gm per dish of 250 gm. Rest would be either proteins or vegetables.

  • 9. How much time does it take to make gravy?

    Making gravies is a time consuming & laborious process. It takes approximately 2 hrs to make gravy (approx 10 litres).

  • 10. What is the skillset required to make a gravy?

    You need to be an Indian cook of 5 to 6 years experience with good understanding of Indian cooking and spices.

  • 11. Generally, at what time of the day does the gravy production happen?

    Generally the gravies are cooked in the morning shift or night shift.

  • 12. How are gravies stored in the kitchen?

    Gravies are stored in large containers or Vessels (Hundis or Handies) outside at room/ ambient temperature or cooled to room temperature. In case of hotels, prepared gravies are stored in walk in refrigerator.

  • 13. What is the shelf life of the gravies prepared in-house?

    According to the operator, the shelf life of gravies prepared in house is 2 days and in hotels it is 2 – 3 days as they are stored in chiller. But it has to be heated repeatedly when ever needs to be used. This leads to loss of freshness & taste.

  • 14. How does the Chef/operator preserve his gravy from deterioration in the process of storage for 2-3 days?

    Most of the restaurants and caterers do not have large refrigerators or chilling facilities to store large quantities of cooked gravies. Hence the operator preserves it by heating it & bringing to a boil, two to three times a day. This process leads to loss of flavour, taste and discoloration.

  • 15. what are the challenges faced by the operator in making Makhani/Onion tomato masala?

    • Inconsistency in quality & Fluctuation in prices of tomato/ onion.
    • Peeling & chopping onions is labor intensive and time consuming process. There is a huge wastage in the process.
    • Cashew nuts are expensive and most of the time we do not get the best quality for the price we demand.
    • Kitchen space is limited with limited gas stoves. Gravies take a long time processing and cooking. The storage also occupies space.
    • To maintain consistency of the gravy is difficult due to availability of ingredients, cost and turnover of labor.
    • Large batch or small batch in house production always has 5 to 10% wastage factor (processing loss).
    • Operators, who operate from Central kitchen to multiple outlets, always face a challenge to transport gravy at right temperature and packing.
    • Caterers and banquets have a seasonal business and operate with limitation of staff; hence during season it is really difficult to manage producing so many different things from scratch.
    • Restaurants and caterers always face a last minute order or change in the load/quantity of order where it is difficult to produce base gravy and then the dish, leads to quality problems.
    • Generally, Indian cooks do not measure ingredient in their recipe and it is always done as a routine. At times this can leads to variation in the final product.
    • There is a lot of Spoilage of the left over as Gravies are always cooked on rough estimates and never on exact demand.
    • Due to high turnover of staff/ cooks/, absenteeism, if the recipe is not documented/ standardised or followed, there is a high possibility of change in taste of final dish when cooked by different cook

  • 1. Can Aromat be used for making Vegetable Broth?

    Yes. Knorr Aromat Powder is an excellent product for making Vegetable broth and adding flavour to your Chinese, Indian and Continental dishes.

  • 2. Does Knorr Aromat Seasoning Powder have MSG in it?

    Knorr Aromat Seasoning Powder has no MSG in its formulation and can be used regularly for everyday restaurant cooking

  • 3. What is the Shelf-life for Knorr Aromat Seasoning Powder?

    6 months

  • 4. How many single pouches are available in Knorr Aromat Powder 500g?

    There are five 100g pouches in every 500g Knorr Aromat Box. Use one pouch as and when required. 100g of Aromat Seasoning Powder makes approximately 5 litre of stock. And 3g of Powder is sufficient in making one portion (200g) of Fried Rice.

  • 5. Can Aromat be used as a seasoning for making Indian dishes in a restaurant?

    Aromat Powder can be used as a flavour enhancer for making Indian dishes flavourful as well. It has a well rounded flavour and does not overpower the other flavours of a dish

  • 6. What is the role of the gravies while preparing Indian dishes?

    Gravy is a sauce which is a blend of various ingredients like onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, spices, yoghurt, cashew paste cream, oil, butter etcered along with these gravies to prepare a final dish in the restaurant..

  • 7. Are there any preservatives or artificial flavours added in this product?

    Knorr Aromat Powder has no added artificial color or flavour. And has no preservatives as well.