Sunday 12 May 2013

Tomato Kurma/Thakkali kurma[Perfect Side dish for Dosas, IDlis, Idiyappams...]

Tomato kurma is a typical South Indian breakfast side dish for dosas and idiyappams. I still remember my mom making this when we have unexpected guest and serve them with dosas or puris. This can be made very quickly and needs very less ingredients and also totally packed with vitamin C. Do check out other interesting and delectable Kurma Varieties here.

Here’s how to make tomato kurma with step by step photos…


2 finely chopped
4 finely chopped
Red chilli powder
1 tsp
Coriander powder
2 tsp
Turmeric powder
¼ tsp
Ginger & Garlic paste
1 ½ tsp
1 tbsp
Cinnamon sticks
1 stick
Bay leaves
Fennel seeds
¼ tsp
Coriander leaves or mint
2 tbsp finely chopped

For Grinding

Grated coconut
¼ cup
Fennel seeds
¼ tsp
Green chillies
Fried gram/pottu kadalai
2 tbsp

Grind all the ingredients mentioned for grinding in to a fine paste with little water.

Heat oil in a kadai, add cinnamon sticks, cloves, bay leaves, fennel seeds and sauté until nice aroma comes.

Add the onions and sauté until transparent; add the tomatoes and sauté until mushy.

Now add the red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and sauté until raw smell goes off. Add about 1 ½ cups of water and let it boil really well.

Add the ground coconut paste and let it boil for another 4-5 min. Adjust the consistency of kurma according to your need.

Finally garnish with coriander or mint leaves and switch off the stove.

Yummy and delicious tomato kurma is ready, can be served idli, dosa, chapatti or even with white rice.

Other Kurma Varieties that might be of interest…

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  1. so consistency wise v can have it as Dal right? looks delicious.

    1. No dear, you can add some water and adjust consistency (not very thick)...

  2. gud one and new to me..i will try this... :-)

  3. Delicious kurma with tomato, your version looks delicious.

  4. Looks delicious! I will definitely try this:)

  5. Looks very yummy and we use to prepare in the same way.

  6. looks super delicious priya :) my maasi/ chithi also used make this :) lovely recipe :)

  7. Interesting bland of tomatoes for the natural tangy punch. I am and will always adore such dishes, the perfect for any meals. No worries about the word verification, its a small matter.

  8. Never heard of this kurma , sounds interesting

  9. Looks delicious..tempting kurma.

  10. I wanted to try this recipe since very long time. Now i can follow your recipe dear. Thanks sharing Priya.

  11. that's enticing and so simple to prepare...looks delicious!

  12. Nice recipe.. Lovely click... Will try this soon Priya :-)

  13. lovely tomato kurma....would taste awesome with dosas :)

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