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


  1. wow... looks so mouthwatering...

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

  3. Tangy and yummy curry..nice recipe

  4. Drooling hererere dear..looks yummy for my tummy

  5. luks so creamy n delicious...superb

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

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

    Hamaree Rasoi

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

  9. I love this flavorful kuzhambu and also the clay vessel.

  10. 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!

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


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

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

  14. Looks like a wonderful, flavorful gravy!!!

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

  16. 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!

  17. Looks aromatic and yummy!! Nice recipe dear..

  18. Tangy and yummy curry.
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  19. 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.

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

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

  22. 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.


  23. yummy Kuzhambu ..would love to have it dosa

  24. Looks yum arthi. Nice tangy curry

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

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

  27. @Mumtaz begumdalia is roasted gram dal. pottu kadalai, pori kadalai. You can use channa dal instead of dalia

  28. Hai
    I was searching for many webpages for good tomato reciepe for rice.. then found ur blog and this reciepe. I tried it and I cant stop saying that the recipe is drooling and really creamy and rich
    really appreciate your effort to take all the photos and paste step by step.
    thankyou and hope to find more of your works in future

  29. Hi Aarthi,

    I follow your blog for many recipes . I tried thakali kulambu today,but it didnt turn out well.. :(

  30. This is a traditional dish made by my mother in law.Thank u so much for giving such an easy version aarthi.adding some saunf instead of jeera gives an excellent flavour to this dish


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