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May 11, 2016

Tomato Kurma Recipe –Thakkali Kurma For Idli Dosa

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Tomato kurma recipe
I learnt this tomato kurma recipe from my apartment neighbor aunty. She make this tomato kurma kuzhambu (She calls this as Thakkali sambar in Tamil) as a side dish for idli, dosa and Idiyappam very often. The awesome aroma of this gravy that wafts through my apartment made me ask the recipe from her and tried it immediately. It was a lovely combo for idli & dosa. I am sure it goes well with chapati/Roti and Appam if its made slightly thick but not with rice. 
In Tamil, we used to call mildly spiced gravies as Kuruma Kulambu. This is one of its kind. It tastes like kurma but looks like Kuzhambu/Sambar/Gravy in consistency. Do not forget to smell your hands after eating ;))  If you are looking for tomato kuzhambu recipe without coconut for rice , please check it HERE. Now Lets see how to do Tomato kurma for idli, dosa. 

Tomato kurma recipe

Tomato kurma for Idli, Dosa and Idiyappam

Tomato kurma for Idli,dosa and Idiyappam How to make Tomato kurma for Idli, Dosa, Appam and Idiyappam
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish for idli dosa
Serves: 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml

  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Big onion – 1no
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp ( I used Kashmiri chilli pwd)
  • Salt & water - as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut -1.5 tbsp
  • Fried gram dal/Pottukadalai – 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 small piece
  • Cloves - 1 no
  • Cardamom - 1no ( small)
  • Dhania seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
  • Garlic cloves - 3 nos
  • Khus-khus - 1/2 tsp ( optional)
  • Ripe tomato - 2 nos ( saute in oil and then grind with above ingredients)
  • Cooking oil - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves – to garnish

  • Wash and chop the tomato into cubes. Heat oil in a kadai and saute the tomato pieces till mushy. Take the grated coconut, gram dal,  whole spices, ginger, garlic, dhania seeds, khus khus and grind it coarsely without adding water. Now add the sauteed tomato and again grind everything to a smooth paste adding enough water.
Tomato kurma
Tomato kurma
  • Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves. Saute the finely chopped onions till transparent. To this add, the ground masala paste along with a cup of water. Add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
Tomato kurma
Tomato kurma for idli dosa
  • Boil the gravy till the raw smell of masala paste goes off. If the gravy becomes too thick, add little water, check for sat, boil and remove in a bowl. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with Idli, dosa adding a tsp of gingely oil.
Enjoy !

  • Add minimum quantity of whole spices else it will over power the taste of kurma.
  • Add more or less chilli powder based on the tanginess of tomato.
  • You can skip cardamom while grinding.

Enjoy this yummy kurma kuzhambu with Idli, dosa, Idiyappam and Appam !
I love to have Idli drenched in Kurma like you see in the picture. How about you ??

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Suja Manoj said...

Tomato kurma looks super yum,great combo

Unknown said...

Who will say no to this

Unknown said...

Who will say no to this

Chitra said...

Yeah :)

Unknown said...

This was really a different tomato kuruma and tasted wonderful with paniyaram.Thank you so much.!!!:)

Chitra said...

Thank you so much :)

Unknown said...

hi sis..tried this today..came out so good ..thanx for d doubt shall we add greenchillies while gring coconut???

Chitra said...

Thanks for trying and feedback :)Instead of red chilli powder you can add green chillies while grinding. Kurma Flavor may vary slightly.

divya said...

If I have to make for 4 people should I just double it?

Chitra said...

Yes you can double the ingredients but adjust the chilli powder as per taste. I don't think 2 tsp is needed.