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Easy Tomato Curry recipe or the Tamatar ka Salan or the Thakkali Kulambu as it is called in tamil is a pretty simple and basic tomato gravy recipe. Made with the simplest ingredients that you will find right in your kitchen (I did), this gravy is a breeze to make.
I grew up being taught that anything that came packaged, processed or canned was totally bad. The same applied to take away or eating out. Even on days that Ammi was very, very sick, we would end up having bread and jam. That was the last resort for her. She totally abhorred the idea of outside food as she was right in believing that it can never match the hygiene and nutrition served in home made food. It was not until that I got married and had kids of my own that the reality dawned on me, as to how true my Ammi’s words were.
In today’s fast paced life where it gets difficult to even cook the instant meals, making a wholesome meal from scratch can seem daunting. But recipes such as the Tomato Curry recipe – the Tamatar ka Salan – the Thakkali Kulambu can make our life easier and makes cooking at home and serving the family with full satisfaction becomes more possible. It is indeed strange how a simple and humble recipe evokes the strongest feelings of childhood in you. The tomato rice or the lemon rice served with a boiled rice was a regular when I opened my tiffin at school.
I like to use sesame oil for the Tomato Curry recipe – the Tamatar ka Salan – the Thakkali Kulambu not only because of its added flavor to the gravy but also for its health benefits. You can use any type of cooking oil. This is one of our gravy recipe which gets made almost weekly. This is also a wonderful lunch box item when mixed with rice. It simply becomes theTomato Rice. Just do not add the tamarind when making for the rice. Serve it with the boiled egg or any fried veggie, you will be all set to get the lunch box ready in a jiffy.
You can even use whatever vegetables you have to make the gravy. Be it ladies fingers, potatoes, brinjal, bean sprouts or taro root. Just remember to cut them into bite size pieces that will cook in a wok, and to add them into the wok before adding the tamarind in order to get them cooked properly.
Let’s get started with the Tomato Curry recipe – the Tamatar ka Salan – the Thakkali Kulambu
Tomato Curry recipe-Thakkali Kulambu-Tamatar ka Salan
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 2 sprigs of curry leaves/kadi patta
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 onion finely sliced
- 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 5 - 6 to matoes finely chopped
- 1 cup fresh coconut ground into paste
- 1 tsp turmeric powder/haldi
- 2 tsp red chili powder
- 2 tsp coriander powder
- 2 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp fenugreek powder/methi powder
- 1 lemon sized tamarind ball soaked in water
- salt to taste
- Heat oil in a wok and add the mustard seeds till they splutter.
- Add the cumin seeds, curry leaves and onion. Fry till the onions gets brown in color. Add the ginger garlic paste and cook till the raw smell from the ginger garlic paste vanishes.
- Put the chopped tomato, turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, fenugreek powder and salt and cover the lid. Cook until the tomatoes are soft and pulpy.
- Add the coconut paste and soaked tamarind pulp in 2 cups of water and cook on low flame till the oil starts to float in the gravy, Garnish with coriander leaves and serve it hot with rice.
For more gravy recipes try Arbi ki sabzi-Arbi ka khatta salan
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