Wednesday 22 May 2013

Tomato Kurma / Gravy / Side Dish For Idli / Dosa / Idiyappam

Bored with routine Chutney or Sambar for Idli / Dosa varieties? Try out this native style gravy from Tamil Nadu (my mother's style!).


Onion - 1(Cut lengthwise)
Tomato - 3
Green chillies - 2 (Slited)
Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 ½tsp
Corriander powder - ¾ tsp
Salt - to taste

To Grind:

Coconut - 2 tablespoon
Fennel seeds - ½ tsp

For Seasoning:

Cinnamon - 1
Cloves - 3

Cardamom - 1
Curry leaves - 1 sprig 


Boil tomato in water until tomato becomes soft. After it cools down, peel the skin of tomatoes and grind to a smooth paste. Keep aside.

(If you don't want to grind the tomatoes, just peel the skin and mash it with your hands along with water and keep aside.) 

Grind the coconut and fennel seeds by adding little water and keep aside.

Heat oil in a kadai; add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and curry leaves. After it crackles, add the chopped onions and green chillies. 

Saute till the colour changes and add tomatoes puree, red chilli powder, corriander powder, turmeric powder, coconut fennel seed paste and salt.

Mix thoroughly and add 1 to 1½ cup of water; allow to boil. This gravy have to be little watery, so adjust the water consistency according to your preference.

Close the pan with a lid and cook in a medium flame for 5 to 10 minutes, till the raw smell goes and oil separates.

Garnish with corriander leaves and serve hot.

This will also be a best accompaniment for Appam, Chappathi and Idiyappam (String Hoppers).

Adjust the water quantity and spice level to suit your taste.


I am sending this recipe to Sowmya's page and Gayathri's page for the event  for Walk Through Memory Lane.


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  2. Kurma looks delicious! Drooling over here! :)

  3. Will try this today for dinner. Easy recipe...

  4. my fav kurma with idli n dosa,looks very tempting!!

  5. It must be so flavorful.. love to eat with hot idly..

  6. One flavorful recipe looks superb :) love the color

  7. My fav kurma especially with idly...

  8. Wow, kurma with idli, a very interesting combination!!
    Looks inviting!!

  9. Tried the kurma with idli. Very delicious...

  10. Thanks for Visiting my blog .
    Following you as well! Love ur recipe

  11. that is looking delicious and yummy!!! Thanks for sending this yummy recipe to my event.. Looking for more yummy recipes...

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