Monday, March 17, 2008

Tomato Gravy / thakkali Kuzhambu

Tomato gravy or Thakkali Kuzhambu (tamil) is another variation of those routine gravies. One of our family favorites, I gave a little twist to my mom version by adding chilli powder. You can omit Chilli powder and increase the Black pepper. Want to try this quick and easy gravy without any dhal, tamarind and coconut? Here you go.

tomato gravy


Vegetables: brinjal or radish (1 /2 cup chopped)
Tomato: 3 large
Onion: 1 diced
Garlic: 5 cloves
Black Pepper powder: 1 tsp
Cumin powder: 1 tsp
Chili powder: 1 tsp
Coriander powder: 1 tsp
Turmeric: pinch
Salt: to taste
Oil: 1 tsp

Mustard seeds:


Poke holes to the tomatoes with a fork; microwave for 4 min. let it cool and grind into puree.
Heat a pot with oil adds the mustard seeds, once cracked. Add the onion & garlic and fry until translucent, add the vegetables, chili powder, turmeric, pour ½ cup of water and let the vegetable cook. Once the vegetables are done, add salt, tomato puree, black pepper, cumin and coriander powder. Let it boil for 5 to 7 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and curry leaves.
The tomato Gravy can be served with plain rice or roti.

U can use vegetables or not and alternate the cumin + Black pepper to rasam powder. I used radish and my homemade rasam powder (2 tsp).


Cool Girl said...

Hi Chum,
First time to your site. You got a very nice site here. Your pictures are all fantastic.

It's all about passion for cooking said...

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Sagari said...

yummmmm love tomato gravy cham

Dhivya said...

yummy gravy cham:)me too make the same way..moms recipes r always great:))

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Thats a very quick and delicious recipe Cham

ANJALI J. said...

hey very nice recipes

Asha said...

I have 2 Brinjals, thinking what I can do today with those! Problem solved!! Looks great Cham, thanks, will try today!:)

Priya said...

thakkali kuzhambu is my hubbys favorite. i will try this one he always complains mine doesn't taste like this grandmothers.

Pooja said...

quick and yummy dish cham :) .
pic is so clear :), thanks for sharing . I always love quick dishes ;) .

AnuZi said...

Oh my tomato gravy looks delish! My mom something similar to this recipe and it goes perfect with dosas. Thanks for sharing.

Saswati said...

wow..nice and tangy!

Uma said...

wow, the gravy looks so colorful, Cham! Must have tasted great.

Laavanya said...

Thakkali kuzhambu looks yummy.. had no idea it could be made with radish too.

Kalai said...

Awesome, Cham!! Love the fact that it's so quick, easy, and healthy! I make puli kuzhambu so much that this would be a great change! :)

ANJALI J. said...

hey thanks a lot cham.. im so happy that my paintings are being noticed.. 2day i recieved 2 comments on my paintings.i was telling dhivya that i got many comments on my recipes, but hardly got any on my paintings... it feels so nice.thanks a lottttt!!!! :D

Lavi said...

lovely looking kuzhambhu cham..

Divya Vikram said...

THis is my fav..I like to have them with dosas and idlies

Trupti said...

hey cham, gravy looks yummy

Cham said...

So far everyone love quick dish and always mom recipes are great :) Thank u everyone.
Cool Girl: Thank u 4 ur visit.
Passion 4 cooking: thanks and u ve a nice blog one 2
Sagari: Yes, delish
Dhiv: U r right dear :)
Swati: Quick one swati
Asha: Hope u enjoyed the tomato brinjal gravy today
Priya: Do u think i am his granny , hehe just kidding Priya, hope he will like the # taste :)
Anjali.J: The first thing i noticed was ur painting... I admire ur talent and patience to create such a wonderful art work.
Pooja: I love quick dish too Pooja :)
Anu: work well with dosa and idli too
saswati:yes i love the tangy taste
Uma:taste wonderful
Laavanya: Try with veg especially radish , the gravy is totally different.
Kalai: Different than Pulli Kuzhambu but u will love the tangy taste of the tomato....
Lavi Thank u Lavi
Divya V & Trupti: Thank u gal

kamala said...

Today i made Thakkali kuzhambu but in my way.urs too looking good.

Siri said...

Cham - the tomtato curry is so simple n yummy!.. Thanks for sharing sweety.


Rupa said...

Cham,Gravy looks fantastic..You can have this with akki rotti too..:)

A Cook @ Heart said...

Oh! thats nice! have 1/2 a radish lying sadly in the fridge .. will use it for this! the hubby will like it!

SMN said...

Hi Cham first time here and u hv a very nice collection and loved l\tomato dish..

Homecooked said...

Wow.....looks yummy!! The red colour looks very appetising.Nice pics.

easycrafts said...

Loved the color of the gravy

Prema Sundar said...

Thakkali kuzhambu looks nice.. i too make it atleast once in a month,but I add coconut. Urs look simple and easy and would love to try it out sometime. thanks.

Cham said...

Kamala: Thank u everyone have their own version :)
Siri:Thank u dear, enjoy ur break :)
rupa: Yeap will be great with akki roti, i guess.
Cook hearth worth to give a try
SMN a Warm Welcome
Homecooked & Easycraft:Thank u
Prema: I make it with coconut 2 when i feel i don't want the tanginess of the tomato:)

AnuSriram said...

Looks gr8! Thakkali kuzhambhu without tamarind paste? Sounds good...

DK said...

Oh this is so sure they go v v v well with boiled rice. The pic luks yummilicious :)

Mansi Desai said...

quite a variation Cham:)