Thursday, March 3, 2016

Thakkali Kuzhambu | Instant Tomato Chutney | Tomato Kuzhambu ( Without Tamarind) for Tiffin | Side Dish for Idli/Dosa/Chapathi | Quick and Easy Recipe | Gluten Free and Vegan

Thakkali Kuzhambu

Hi Supermoms,

I had shared with you all that I had made a Spicy Instant Tomato  Chutney - Thakkali Kuzhambu as a side dish for Godumai Dosai. A quick and easy side dish for Instant Dosai/Idli /Upma or even Chapathi. 

Takes less than 5 minutes of preparation time and 10 minutes of cooking time. All you need is fresh tomatoes. 

A simple and handy recipe !

Thakkali Kuzhambu | Instant Thakkali Chutney :

Preparation time : 5 minutes
Cooking time : 10 minutes
Serves : 4
Special Equipment : Mixer


4 large tomatoes ( Nattu Thakkali ( rounder variety) is best for this recipe )
3 dry red chillies ( adjust according to the heat of chillies)
1 teaspoon toor dal/arhar dal/pigeon peas (optional, I omitted )
 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek powder 
1 garlic pod ( optional)

For tempering:

1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds(you can also use sesame seeds, flax seeds, melon seeds, cumin seeds)
1/2 teaspoon husked and split black gram / split urad dal
1 sprig curry leaves ( tear roughly)


1. Soak the dal , red chillies and garlic in a bowl for 10 -15 minutes. 
2. Grind the above  ingredients along with the tomatoes to a fine puree'/paste.
Tip: I added a half teaspoon of jeera /cumin seeds .

3. Heat oil in a medium size pan or wok and add all the ingredients given under ' for tempering'.

4. Once the seeds  splutter, add the tomato mixture. You can add water ( 1/4 cup , optional).

5. Add salt and let the mixture cook for 7-9 minutes or till the time the tomatoes change colour and the oil separates on the side  of the pan.

Serve along with your tiffin.

Thakkali Chutney -Side Dish for Idli/Dosa/Chapathi

You can also try other instant dosa varieties like Visiri Dosai , Pesarattu Dosai or Neer Dosai .

Happy Cooking !

With love,



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