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Friday, February 22, 2013

Thakkali Kuzhambu | Tomato Kuzhambu

Thakkali Kuzhambu
Tomato are rich in vitamins. It reduces the risk of lung and stomach cancer, prevents DNA damage, reduces the risk of heart disease, protects against blood clots and controls blood pressure. Always buy fresh, firm, bright red colour tomatoes. Avoid tomatoes with wrinkled surface and discoloured spots. Select ripe tomatoes for this gravy. Thakkali Kuzhambu is a south indian gravy prepared by grinding fresh ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes and other masala items. The main ingredient is Tomato. It is a saviour when we run out of vegetables in fridge. It can be served with rice, idly, dosa and chappathi. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian Tomato Kuzhambu - Thakkali Kuzhambu.

Preparation Time:     10 mins
Cook Time :                20 mins
Ready in :                   30 mins
Yields :                         2 Servings 
Thakkali Kuzhambu

Table 1: To fry and grind
1 tbsp
1 inch
Garlic cloves
Channa dal and Urad dal 
2 tsp
Cumin seeds
1 tsp
Garam masala Items
Cloves -2
Cinnamon small
Cardamom - 1

Coriander seeds
1 tsp
Red Chillies
Onions chopped
1/2 Cup
Tomato chopped
4 Cups
Curry leaves

Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
Coriander powder
1 tsp
Coriander leaves
3 stalks

Table 2:
1 tbsp
Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp
Onion(Finely chopped)
Curry Leaves

  • Heat Oil in the pan and add cumin seeds, coriander seeds, urad dal, channa dal, garam masala items, curry leaves and red chillies.
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  •  When channa dhal change in colour,add ginger garlic and onions.Fry till onions turn translucent. Add tomatoes, turmeric powder,salt and coriander powder. Fry it for  5 minutes in medium flame till tomatoes turn mushy. Add coriander leaves.
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  • Switch it off and allow the mixture to cool down. Grind the mixture by adding enough water and keep it ready.     
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  • Take oil from table 2 and heat it in a pan. Add mustard seeds. When they splutter add finely chopped onion and curry leaves.
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  •  Once the onion turn translucent add  ground mixture and add 1.5 cups of water. Allow the gravy to boil and simmer it for 5 mins. When the gravy thickens, add salt if needed. 
Tomato Kuzhambu / Thakkali Kuzhambu /Thakkali Kurma / Tomato Korma
Thakkali Kuzhambu

  • Ginger and garlic can be replaced by ginger garlic paste
  • Red chillies can be replaced by chilli powder
  • Adding garam masala items in optional.

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