Jan 5, 2012

Thakkali Kulambu / Chettinadu Thakkali Kulambu / Tomatoes Cooked in a Spicy Coconut Sauce

In our place( south of tamilnadu) we usually have lunch which mainly base on these types of dishes..A southindian typical lunch will include Rice, any gravy mostly these types of kulambu, poriyal and even sometimes avial and we finish it with curd and pickle…Looks like a heavy lunch but we got used to it..

Amma makes the same gravy again and again, but I love to go adventurous with my foods as you all know.. So I will try out all kinds of gravies..You can check out my sidebar menu for those recipes. So here is another one recipe for you.. This is a chettinad style gravy which is so easy to make and it taste really awesome..

So here you go to the recipe..


Tomatoes – 3 to 4 large chopped
Coriander Leaves / Cilantro for garnishing
Salt to taste
Sugar – 1tsp (optional)
Oil – 1 tblspn

For Roasting and Grinding:
Onion / Shallots / Sambar Onion – ½  cup
Coconut – ¾ cup
Roasted Channa Dal / Pori Kadalai / Dalia – 1 tblspn
Coriander Seeds / Malli – 2 tblspn
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam -1 tsp
Dry Red Chilli – 2 to 3
Oil – 1 tsp

For Tempering / Seasonings:
Oil – 1 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku -1 tsp
Curry leaves – 1 spring


Heat 1 tsp of oil in a kadai..Add roasted channa dal, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chilli and fry till light golden. Add onions and sauté for 2 mins. Add in coconut and mix well. Allow it to cool down and grind into a smooth paste.

Heat 1 tblspn oil and add in tomatoes in it. Add some salt, sugar and cook untill it turns mushy about 10 mins.

Add the ground masala and mix well. Pour enough water to make a sauce.

Cover and simmer for 10-15 mins untill oil separates.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

Now make seasoning by heating 1 tblspn of oil and add in mustard seeds and allow it to pop..Now add curry leaves and mix well. Pour this over the gravy and mix well.

Serve hot with rice.

Take all your ingrediants
Prepare your onions and tomatoes
Take your ingrediants for masala
Heat oil
Add coriander, channa dal, red chilli and cumin in a pan
start roasting
add onions
saute for few more minutes
add coconut
and mix once
take in a blender
and blend it
heat oil in a kadai
add tomatoes
add some salt and sugar
mix well
cook untill mushy
add the ground masala
and mix well
Cover and cook
until oil separates
garnish with cilantro
and mix well
Make tempering by heating oil, mustard and curry leaves
Pour this over the curry
wow..its getting delicious
all mixed in
Taste great with rice..You can have it with roti or dosas


divya said... Best Blogger Tips

wow... looks so mouthwatering...

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum yum,fingerlicking thakkali kuzhambu,makes me drool..

Suja said... Best Blogger Tips

Tangy and yummy curry..nice recipe

Anisha said... Best Blogger Tips

The gravy looks yummy...

Balakrishna Saraswathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Drooling hererere dear..looks yummy for my tummy

S.Menaga said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely recipe...yumm!!

faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

luks so creamy n delicious...superb

Kalpana Sareesh said... Best Blogger Tips

i am loving this so so much.. bookmarked..

Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

Excellent preparation. Wish I was there to get a taste of it.

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maha said... Best Blogger Tips

wow..yummy and tasty dish aarthi...i like ur cooking utensils.

Sensible Vegetarian said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this flavorful kuzhambu and also the clay vessel.

Richa said... Best Blogger Tips

wow, you keep posting one delicious dish after another! lovely spicy tomatoes and that khatti daal looks super yummy! Happy new year to u and your family!

Madhavi said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG I am love with this recipe, superb. I'll try soon!!


Roshni said... Best Blogger Tips

My fav way of eating this is with dosas.. yummy recipe

@lekshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

nice side dish.......

sangee vijay said... Best Blogger Tips

excellent recipe...looks so spicy n yummy
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Veronica's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

This is nice to go with the rice! Love the spice and creamy taste of it!

Lizzy Do said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks like a wonderful, flavorful gravy!!!

Viki's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Tomato gravy looks so authentic and delicious dear....nice clicks and lovely vessels too.

Smitha said... Best Blogger Tips

I have heard a lot about this but never made it!...looks good..will try it soon!...
love the earthern pot u used for cooking!...
Happy new Year!

Recipe world said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks aromatic and yummy!! Nice recipe dear..

Chandrani said... Best Blogger Tips

Tangy and yummy curry.
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Ann said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG - This looks SO delicious! I really appreciate your step-by-step photos since we have so many foods with different names, or cooking preparations I'm unfamiliar with....you really bring it to my level and make it that much more exciting to see the dish come together. Truly, thank you.

Priya Sreeram said... Best Blogger Tips

loved the vessel in which the flavourful kuzhambu was cooked- looks really yum

Kaveri said... Best Blogger Tips

A very flavorful, delicious and tangy gravy...Looks Yum

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarthi i am realy very happy to see ur reply. and more happy to see that now you will post substitute of egg in your recipees. i love to cook but dont get time. i need some breakfast and kids friendly recipees as my kid is a very very very fussy eater. i also want to make a blog and you are my inspiration, i daily open ur blog to see the new recipee. thanks. may soon u share ur recipees from ur new(in-laws) home. i will pray for u.


Gayathri Anand said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy Kuzhambu ..would love to have it dosa

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said... Best Blogger Tips

Mmmmm you have some fantastic recipes. Diane

Anu said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks yum arthi. Nice tangy curry

LoLy said... Best Blogger Tips

Speeeeeeeeeeeeechless,, WOW

Teena Mary said... Best Blogger Tips

mmmmm....so spicy & mouth watering !! Great recipe Aarthi :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

i tried this today...n it was tangily yummy..thanku for sharing the recipe