I am so glad I raised my hands & asked and even gladder that you chose to reply in thorough detail. I had no clue onion and tomatoes could be made in the microwave - that's usually one of the most time consuming steps in the Indian curry - "sautee onion and tomatoes till oil separates/or it somewhat caramelizes". Phew and it takes forever! You're most welcome. I should pass on the credit to my regular food blogging gurus: Rak's kitchen, Paddu's kitchen, Sailu's kitchen, Yummy Tummy Arti and Solai's true chettinad Kitchen. I am sure I learnt it from one of them. None of their recipes have failed me till now.