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Tomato Curry / Thakkali Kulambu

Written By Angela Steffi on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 | 10:28:00 PM

Tomato Curry also known as thakkali kulambu is a simple yet delicious recipe which goes excellent with rice, Idli and Dosa. this recipe requires just few ingredients and can be made under 20 minutes. This tangy tomato curry is a go to recipe and can never fail on you. We can also use sambar powder or Kulambu powder to make this simple thakkali kulambu. Lets get started.

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Serving Size           : 4 people

Preparation Time  : 5 minutes

Cooking Time        : 20 minutes

Difficulty: Spice
Quantity Ingredients for Thakkali Kulambu Recipe
2 tbsp Oil
1/8 tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp Urad dal
1/2 tsp Fennel seeds
dry red chilies
1 springCurry leaves
3 cloves of Garlic
15 Shallots
3 large Tomatoes
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tspCoriander powder
1-2 tspChili powder

For Coconut paste
1/4 cup Coconut
1/2 tspCumin seeds
1/4 tspFennel seeds

Coriander leaves for Garnishing

Cooking Method

Step 1) Heat oil and temper with mustard , urad dal, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, curry leaves and dry red chilies. Then add in garlic and shallots and saute it for a couple of minutes.

Step 2) Now add in the tomatoes , required salt and cook until the tomatoes are nice and soft. Use fully ripe tomatoes , I have used 3 large tomatoes, if you are using small tomatoes use 4.

Step 3) In the meanwhile make coconut paste using grated coconut, cumin, fennel and grind along with some water and keep it aside.

Step 4) Once the tomatoes are soft add required water and let it boil for sometime. Finally add in the coconut paste and let it cook for 5 more minutes. Finally add coriander leaves for garnishing and turn off the heat.

Our Delicious Tomato Kulambu is ready to be enjoyed with Idli , dosa or rice . Do try this simple and thakkali kulambu and share your feedback. Happy Cooking!!!

About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


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