Saturday, May 20, 2017



Tomatoes are one of the most commonly used vegetables in any Indian home. You will perhaps know that tomatoes have many health benefits.

In my house, we often make dishes using tomatoes. Elsewhere in this blog, but to name a few,  you will find recipes for Tomato Thokku, Tomato Curry with Dumplings, and Tomato and Carrot Soup.

Today's lip smacking dish is adapted from Tamatar ki Kadhi by the legendary Tarlaji Dalal. This is a simple homely kind of curry. We had this with rice and it was superb.

  • Medium-sized Tomatoes, 4
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Green Chillies, chopped, 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, 5-6
  • Cloves, 2
  • Besan (Bengal Gram Flour) 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida, a pinch
  • Jaggery, grated, 2 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, 1 tbsp
  • Coriander Leaves, freshly chopped, for garnish


Wash and roughly chop the tomatoes.
In a kadhai, add 1/2 cup of water to the chopped tomatoes and cook on medium flame for about 5-7 minutes
Once the tomatoes are fully cooked, allow it to cool completely
Transfer to a mixer and blend the tomatoes to make a smooth puree. Keep aside
Heat oil in a thick bottomed kadhai and when it gets hot, on medium flame add the mustard seeds and when they crackle add the cumin seeds and saute till it changes colour
To this add the chopped green chillies and curry leaves, cloves and besan
Mix well and cook on medium flame for 1-2 minutes stirring continuously so that the besan does not get burnt
Next add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, asafoetida and the tomato puree that you have already made
Add 1/2 cup of water, mix well and bring to a boil stirring from time to time
To this add grated jaggery and salt and mix well
Cook on medium flame for about 2 minutes
Finally, garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves

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