This is a dish you can put together in less than 30 minutes, and there are no special ingredients required if you have mushrooms and frozen peas handy. It tastes great with hot chapathis, and if you fancy, you can give it a twist of your own by adding additional ingredients (if you have the time to elaborate on it).
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Using a mortar and pestle or a food processor, grind the tomato, onion, ginger, green chile pepper, and cilantro leaves into a fine paste. Strain and reserve any liquids.
Heat the butter or oil in a pan over medium-low heat, toss in the bay leaf, and fry for a couple of seconds. Add the garam masala and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the mushrooms and peas. Season with salt, to taste, and the sugar, if using. Add ½ cup of the reserved liquids and simmer for 3-4 minutes until the gravy is of coating consistency.
Season with garam masala, chili powder, and ground pepper, and stir. Serve immediately.