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Vanakkiya thakkali kurma

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Recipe for Vanakkiya thakkali kurma. Kurma made with fried tomatoes. Recipe with step by step pictures.



For the Masala

  • ⅓ cup fresh coconut
  • 1 tablespoon fried gram
  • 1 teaspoon white poppy seed (gasa gasa)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (sombu)
  • 2 cloves
  • ¼ inch piece cinnamon
  • 3 dried red chillies

Other Ingredients

  • 45 tomatoes
  • 23 tablespoon Indian sesame oil (gingely oil)
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 3 chopped green chillies
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 inch piece ginger
  • 5 cloves garlic


  1. Take a mixie and add in all the masala ingredients to it. Add in half a cup of water and grind to a smooth paste. Set aside.
  2. Heat Indian sesame oil / gingely oil in a pan. Add in the mustard seeds, curry leaves and chopped green chillies. If you want a spicy kurma, add more green chillies according to your taste. Let the mustard seeds crackle. Add in the chopped onions.
  3. Add in the salt and saute till the onions are soft and starting to brown. About five minutes on medium flame.
  4. Add in the crushed ginger and garlic along with the tomatoes.
  5. Saute for a good 7-8 minutes till the tomatoes are cooked and juiced down.
  6. Add in the ground masala paste. Wash the mixie with half a cup of water and add the masalas back to the pan.
  7. Add in a cup of water. Close the pan with a lid and let the gravy simmer for 15 minutes on a low flame. Mix once every five minutes to avoid scorching the pan at the bottom. The tomato kurma is ready.
  8. Serve with idli or dosa.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu