Monday, August 19, 2013

Thakkali Kuzhambu | தக்காளி குழம்பு | Tomato Curry | Tomato Kuzhambu

Thakkali Kuzhambu is a well known recipe in all communities in South India . I just followed my Mom's recipe and got this Lip-Smacking Curry. She makes this delicious gravy for Dosa / Idly varieties. It tastes heavenly and its a great rice-accompaniment too.
Ingredients :-
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 Ripe tomatoes (roughly chopped)    4
 Onion (roughly chopped)     few  
 Red Chillies  6    
 Grated coconut     2 tbsp    
 Coriander powder    1 tsp 
 Turmeric powder   tsp
 Mustard   ¼ tsp 
 Cumin    ¼ tsp
 Curry leaves few 
 Salt to taste

Method :-
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1). Heat oil in a pan, add cumin and let it splutter. Then add onions along with red chillies and saute till onions turns translucent.
2). Then add chopped tomatoes, salt and saute till they become mushy. Switch off and let the sauteed ingredients cool completely. 
3). Transfer the sauteed ingredients to the mixer and add turmeric powder, coriander powder, grated coconut. Grind it to a smooth paste adding little water, keep aside.  
4). Heat oil in a wide pan and add mustard, let it splutter. Then add curry leaves and saute till aromatic. Reduce the flame and add the grounded masala to this with ½ - 1 cup of water. 
5). Adjust the consistency of the gravy and let it cook covered. Keep stirring in between to avoid gravy sticking to the bottom of the pan. When the gravy boils briskly and reaches the thick kulambu consistency, switch off ! 

Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with steamed Rice, Idli or Dosa.

Notes :- 
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# Use very ripe standard tomatoes (Naattu Thakkali) for a good taste and natural color. If not at least use tomatoes that are slightly tangy;
# Shallots suits best for this gravy, how ever you can substitute it with big onions. 

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