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May 2, 2009

Tomato Sambar Recipe For Dosa - Thakkali Sambar Without Dal

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Thakkali sambar without dal
I always look for varieties of sambar/chutneys/kurma recipes for idli, dosa. Most of the Tamil people make idli/dosa at least 3-4 times in a week. Me too not an exception. Every time I used to hit my head for making side dish as I don’t like to repeat the same. So whenever I meet my friends or neighbors, I ask them about the side dish they make for idli/dosa/chapathi and try them in my kitchen. Last week my school friend Swarna called me and we talked more than one hour discussing our past, present etc:) I asked her about her idli sambar recipes. She told me this easy tomato sambar recipe without dal ( Thakkali sambar in Tamil) for idli,dosa. I love to try varieties of tomato recipes. So I got tempted and prepared it as a side dish for dosa. Basically Sendhil loves to have juicy sambar recipes more than chutney varieties for dosa. So he loved it very much.  This sambar has a mild masala flavor. It tastes well with chapathi too if you make it little thick like kurma by adding more coconut. Its a very simple and delicious recipe. Lets see how to make this yummy thakkali sambar for idli,dosa ( Tomato onion sambar) !

If interested , check out  my other tomato sambar recipes

Tomato sambar with coconut for idli
Tomato brinjal sambar for idli
Spicy sambar for dosa
Tomato sambar without dal, coconut and spices

Thakkali kuzhambu for rice
Tomato sambar recipe

Tomato sambar/Thakkali sambar for idli,dosa

Tomato sambar/Thakkali sambar for idli,dosa Tomato sambar/Thakkali sambar for idli, dosa - Tastes like kurma
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sambar recipes
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


  • Ripe Tomato – 2 nos (chopped )
  • Big onion – 1 no (finely chopped)
  • Salt & water – as needed
  • Coriander leaves – to garnish
To grind:
  • Grated Coconut – 2 tbsp
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch size
  • Garlic cloves - 2
  • Green chilli – 2-4 nos (I used 2)
  • Fennel seeds/Soambu/Perunjeeragam – 1/2 tsp
To season:
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few

Chop and cook the tomatoes adding enough water. Grind all the items given under “to grind “ along with cooked tomatoes adding required water.Make it a paste.Set aside.
Tomato sambar recipe
Tomato sambar recipe
Now heat the kadai with a tbsp of oil and season all the items given above.Add the chopped onions and saute till transparent. Add 1/2 cup of water and cook the onions till soft.
Tomato sambar recipe
Now add the ground tomato masala to it and boil till raw smell leaves it. May take 5 mins.Add water if u make it for idly/dosa.If  you make it for chapathi, add less water and make the gravy thick.
Tomato sambar recipe
Finally garnish with coriander leaves and serve!! Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of chilli as per your taste buds.
  • Here I have not used whole spices like cinnamon, cloves etc. So this sambar tastes mildly spiced with ginger & fennel seeds flavor. If you wish, u can saute the whole spices along with onion for more masala flavor. 
  • Garnish this sambar with coriander leaves if you have in hand.

Enjoy this yummy sambar with hot hot idli & dosa by drizzling a tsp of gingely oil !!
Tomato sambar recipe

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  1. The Tomato gravy looks yummy..and as you said it forms a perfect side dish for dosas/idlys. New to me..bookmarked it!

  2. The gravy looks delicious. Even i get confused sometimes , wat to make for dosa or idly....this is a nice sidedish !

  3. one of my friends used to make this too. thanks for reminding me of this yummy side dish:)

  4. Yummy, delectable and colorful gravy... Dosa with tomato gravy is the best, mouthwatering...

  5. Looks great with dosa combo..

  6. very different kinda gravy. would love to try.

  7. very nice and different... must try it.. It looks great with dosas

  8. Nice gravy...sounds good with dosas..

  9. Tomato gravy looks yum Chitra...must have tasted great with dosa.

  10. Dosa with tomato gravy, a yummy combination. Looks great.

  11. Looks delicious for dosas!

  12. lovely side dish with a difference definitely will try this as u said i also keep looking for something new for idlis/dosa/chapatis. ur dosa also looks very soft and yummy...

  13. OMG! that is making me feel so hungry's raining here after a spell of extreme heat and I am just craving for those right now :))..
    hugs and smiles

  14. Nice gravy Chitra...I too sometimes used to make a similar gravy for idlis and dosas...I dont add coconut usually...adding coconut does make it look delicious...I have to try out your version :)

  15. Lovely side dish for dosai.. Perfect combo.. Nice click

  16. First, congratulations on your awards! Second, this looks delicious and something that I think I could make!

  17. looks yumm..a nice side dish for rotis as well as rice..

  18. really a simple recipe..thank u for sharing

  19. Hi..tomato gravy looks tasty :) thanks for visiting my blog...:)

  20. hai chithra..first time to ur blog....a perfect side dish for rice...

  21. Nice dish and lovely name of the site - Ratatouile...

  22. I bet that gravy soothes the soul.

  23. Tomato curry looks simple & yummy. Sure it taste great with dosa.

  24. Dosa with tomato curry.. I simply Love it..! Yummy chitra..!

  25. Yummy tomato gravy!


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