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Thakkali Kuzhambu for Idly / Tomato Curry

My mom got this recipe from one of our family friends in Salem and then she used to make this Tomato Curry often. I love this Thakkali Kuzhambu especially with dosa and Kuzhipaniyaram. This is very simple to make and will be different from regular chutneys.

Time of Preparation : 20 minutes
Spice level : 3
No of Servings : 3 to 4


  • Roma tomatoes – 6 (chopped)
  • Pearl Onions – 15
  • Red Chillies – 8 to 10 (according to spice level)
  • Garlic – 6 cloves (pressed)
  • Coconut – 1/4 cup (grated)
  • Split dalia – 1 tbsp
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Coriander leaves – for garnishing

For Seasoning:

  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon stick – 1″
  • Cloves – 2
  • Curry leaves – a few

Method of Preparation:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add the red chillies followed by the pearl onions.
  2. Fry till they become translucent and add the garlic followed by the chopped tomatoes.
  3. Add salt and fry them till they become soft.
  4. Add the coconut and turn of the heat.
  5. Let them cool and grind them along with the split dalia.
  6. Heat oil in a kadai and add the seasoning items.
  7. Add some water to the ground mixture pour it in the kadai.
  8. Add more water if needed to get thick kuzhambu consistency.
  9. Check for the salt now and add if needed.
  10. Let it boil for 2 minutes and garnish with coriander leaves.
  11. Serve hot with Idly, dosa, Kuzhipaniyaram, Utthappam etc..


  1. WoW!,Super inviting Tomato Kuzhambu.Luv Ur version and can feel the taste of it from the click.This will go well with Chapati,Parota and Steamed Rice besides Idli,Dosa…..Luv it Dear.Yumm

  2. very delicious curry..looks yumm..nice combo 4 idlis

  3. Wow yummy kuzhambu…Very tempting…

  4. Oh wow I love this a lot,thanks for the recipe!

  5. Creamy and yummy curry…slurrrp

  6. I can have two more idlis with this kuzhambu..

  7. yummy yummy..Delicious..Thanks for the recipe dear

  8. iam going to try this tonite. will let u know 🙂

  9. I tried this lovely dish. Came out wonderfully and a great combination for idlis 🙂 thx for the recipe.

  10. Thank you so much everyone..

  11. What is split dalia

    • Split dalia is roasted split chickpea. It is called “Pottukadalai” in tamil.