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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tomato Kurma Recipe | Thakkali Kurma |Sidedish for Chapathi|Side dish for idli dosa

Side dish for idli dosa and idiyappam

My masi made this thakkali kurma once for lunch when I visited  her home and It tasted so delicious only then I knew that we can prepare Kurma with tomatoes too, this was 7 yrs ago . I was thinking that kurmas can only be prepared with mixed veggies which is accompanied with parotta and idli dosa . But My masi / chithi proved me wrong and she said we can prepare many types of kurmas and this the simple one.She is a great inspiration for me when it comes to cooking.. She just loves cooking and prepares all south india dishes very well, its from her I learnt some south indian recipes. 

Now coming to the kurma, this is very simple and easy to make you can also make it in another method which is by grinding fennel and fresh grated coconut and  then adding it to the gravy . Some add Poppy seed to the gravy to thicken it thats the chettinadu version. I have a very simple to make version of thakkali kurma here . This is just very simple and one day I had no vegetables available  in my fridge,  just had tomatoes and onion and this was the perfect curry to enjoy. I served this kurma with chapathi and enjoyed it a lot but it tastes great with idiyappam , idli, and dosas too !!..

Chettinadu tomato kurma



Tomatoes - 2 Nos ( chopped)
Bay leaf - 1 No
Cinnamon - 1 stick
Cardamom - 2 No
Green Chillies - 2 Nos
Onion - 1 No ( chopped)
Turmeric pd - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli pd - 1 tsp
Coriander pd - 1/4 tsp
Cumin pd - 1/4 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Coconut Milk - 1 cup ( you can prepare fresh coconut milk by grinding fresh coconut with water in a mixer and then straining the milk )
Oil - 2 tbsp
Coriander leaves - 3 tbsp ( chopped)
Salt to taste


  • In a  kadai heat  oil , add cardamom, cinnamon, Fennel seeds, curry leaves and bayleaf.
  • After they pop add  chopped Onion and saute it till translucent.
  • Add green chillies and saute them well.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook them till they turn mushy and there is no chunks of tomatoes any more.
  • Add salt , red chilli pd, turmeric pd, coriander pd and cumin pd.
  • Mix them well till combined.
  • Add little water and mix them .
  • After the raw smell goes of from the masala add the coconut milk.
  • Let it boil for few seconds and then turn off the flame.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve them Hot with chapathi's.This also taste great with idli dosa and Idiyappam .

Side dish for chapathi
Linking this to Tamizhar samayal Tuesday ..


  1. Delicious tomato kurma Manju, such tempting clicks. I usually make this for dinner and miss to blog about it. Your post reminds me I need to cook one for the blog.

  2. Delicious kurma favorite one and we prepare this when we are bored of usual ones

  3. Lovely vibrant kurma,being one great lover of tomato I can devour this :)

  4. Looks.. it really looks very creamy, spicy and delicious Manju... even i do make tomato curry but not a kurma... i loved curries adding coconut milk.. which will give that creamy texture..

  5. Tempting clicks...kurma looks too yumm

  6. Wow... what an vibrant color and tempting kurma... My mom too makes the exact version ll love the kurma with idli dosa chapathi n rice too... Love it all at any time... Superb clicks da...

  7. from the recipe it seems to be a delicious kurma, sweet because of the coconut milk and tangy because of the tomatoes. Yum.

  8. Tomato kurma looks delicious.

  9. D kurma looks so inviting . Would love to have ut with chapatis

  10. sama sama. i always loved tis gravy

  11. this is yummy .. perfect with anything

  12. delicious preparation..inviting me

  13. delicious kurma.. perfect with chapathi

  14. It looks so delicious dear...


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