Arachuvitta thakkali kuzhambu / Thakkali kuzhambu / Tomato gravy with video

Written by: 7aum Suvai
Arachuvitta thakkali kuzhambu is a slightly tangy gravy prepared with tomatoes, cooked in a coconut based masala and served with hot rice, idli, dosa, and with roti too.
My mom always prepares this kuzhambu when there are no vegetables to cook. Really delicious gravy that goes well with almost everything.


Thakkali kuzhambu / Arachuvitta thakkali kuzhambu


Ingredients:
Serves: 4 to 5
Cooking time: 30 minutes
      • 2 no’s – Tomato / Thakkali (medium and ripped)
      • 1 no – Onion (chopped finely)
      • 1/4 tsp – Turmeric powder
      • 1 tbsp – Coriander leaves chopped
      • Salt to taste
For grinding:
      • 1/2 cup – Coconut grated
      • 1 tbsp – Coriander seeds
      • 2 or 3 no’s – Dry red chillies (or add as needed)
      • 1/4 tsp – Cumin seeds / jeera
      • 1/4 tsp – Fennel seeds / Sombu
      • 1/4 tsp – Poppy seeds / kas kas
      • 1/4 tsp - Rice
      • 1 no – Onion vadagam (optional)
      • 1 tsp – Oil
Seasonings:
      • 2 tbsp – Sesame oil
      • 1/4 tsp – Mustard seeds
      • 1/4 tsp – Split black gram / Ulunthu
      • 1/8 tsp – Fenugreek seeds / Venthayam / Methi seeds
      • 5 to 6 no’s – Fresh curry leaves
      • 2 pinches – Asafoetida / Hing
Thakkali kuzhambu / Arachuvitta thakkali kuzhambu
Preparation method:
  1. Heat a tsp of oil in a kadai, add items given in the list for grinding except coconut, roast them until they are slightly brown. Finally add grated coconut and continue to roast for 1 to 2 minutes, switch off the stove and allow them to cool completely.
  2. Transfer roasted coconut mixture to a blender, blend well to a fine paste consistency and set it aside.
  3. Heat sesame oil in the pan, season it with the items given in the list for seasoning. Followed by chopped onion, saute until they are slightly brown. Add tomatoes and continue to cook, until tomatoes are mushy.
  4. Add turmeric powder, ground coconut masala and required salt, saute until raw smell of masala goes. Add 1 to 1 1/4 cup of water, bring it to boil and continue to cook until you reach desired consistency.
  5. Switch off the stove and garnish with coriander leaves, serve with hot rice, idli and dosai or even with chappathi.
Thakkali kuzhambu / Arachuvitta thakkali kuzhambu
Thakkali kuzhambu / Arachuvitta thakkali kuzhambu
Thakkali kuzhambu / Arachuvitta thakkali kuzhambu
Notes:
  • Onion vadagam gives nice flavor to this gravy, but it is completely optional.
  • You may increase or decrease number of dry red chillies as per your spice level.
Thakkali kuzhambu / Arachuvitta thakkali kuzhambu
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