Friday, March 8, 2013

Thakkali curry/Thakkali char/Tomato curry

This is an easy go-to curry when you feel like your brain is not ready to run the show for the day. I prefer this curry for its simplicity, less ingredients, and the bright yellow color, not to forget the less work involved. Tomato being a favorite of my family - ever present in my kitchen in the hopes that anytime it can be reduced to a healthy soup.

Tomatoes - 2 big
Onion thinly sliced - 1 medium
Green chillies slit - 4
Ginger chopped - 1 inch piece
Curry leaves - 1 stalk
Thin coconut milk - 1 1/2 - 2 cups
Thick coconut milk - 1/2 cup
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Coconut Oil

Heat oil in a pan, allow mustard seeds to crackle. Saute onion. When it turns translucent, add curry leaves, green chillies, and ginger. Fry for a minute. Now add coriander powder, turmeric powder, and red chilli powder. Fry for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and when it is partially mashed, add thin coconut milk and cook. When it starts to boil and thicken, lower the flame. Add thick coconut milk and before it starts to boil, switch off the stove. Thakkali curry is ready to be served.

For a visually appealing curry, always go for ripe red tomatoes. This stew like curry is very mild, yet pleasing to the palate and has a warmth of its own.


  1. curry looks delicious...loving the color:)

  2. It is delicious. Will surely try it.

  3. like your version sabeena.. never tried it with coconut milk..

  4. Hey! I learned to make that curry from my mother-in-law. It is so easy to prepare. Yours looks just as lovely as my MILs curry

  5. Looks so delish Sabeena. It is my dad's favourite :) And I loved that opening statement - 'when your brain is not ready to run the show for the day'. Ha ha :) It is too familiar a feeling for me ;)

  6. Sounds so good and easy.. I get stuck very often and this seems like an easy solution :) good one Sebeena :)

  7. Tomato curry looks very delicious Sabeena. Yummy!

  8. i agree to you... thakkali curry goes well for those lazy days... n the way u prepare it is different, with coconut milk, should definitely be yum...

  9. The name of dish itself makes me hungry, beautiful curry..



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