Chettinadu | Kongu Thakkali Kulambu (Tomato Curry Recipe)

Chettinadu | Kongu Thakkali Kulambu (Tomato Curry) Recipe

Breakfast Veg Curries

Chettinadu | Kongu Thakkali Kulambu – It’s basically a South Indian especially Tamilnadu style Tomato Curry. It has a unique flavour and taste when compared to other tomato gravies. My mom makes it quite often, at least once in a week, sometimes more than that, but we love it. This curry goes well with Idli, Dosas, Rotis, and rice as well.

Chettinadu | Kongu Thakkali Kulambu (Tomato Curry Recipe)
Chettinadu | Kongu Thakkali Kulambu (Tomato Curry Recipe)

The main ingredient for this curry is the spice powder and the way we make it. The Homemade spice powder which I used in this curry is usually made in a bulk and we store it for 2 to 3 months and use it in our curries. I will write a detailed post about the spice powder in another post soon. If you want to make that for this curry. All you need to do is, dry roast the chana dal, dry chili, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and grind those make a powder of it.

There are different styles in making this Chettinad gravy, We divide the chopped tomatoes and onion into 3/4 and 1/4 ratio. One portion is for making a spiced masala. The other for final saute and tempering purposes.

In this gravy, I used sambar onions | shallots, since it gives a great taste. You can use regular onions as well.

Let’s get into the detailed step by step recipe with pictures.

Chettinadu | Kongu Thakkali Kulambu (Tomato Curry Recipe)
Chettinadu | Kongu Thakkali Kulambu (Tomato Curry Recipe)
Chettinadu | Kongu Thakkali Kulambu (Tomato Curry Recipe)
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Chettinadu | Kongu Thakkali Kulambu - Tomato Curry Recipe

It’s basically a South Indian especially Tamilnadu style Tomato Curry. It has a unique flavor and taste when compared to other tomato gravies.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Veg Curries, Vegan Gravy
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chettinadu Thakkali kulamu, Kongu Thakkali Kulambu, Tomato Curry, Tomato Gravy, Veg Curries, Vegan Curry
Servings: 3 people
Author: malinispace

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds, cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds, poppy seeds
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon
  • 2 Cloves
  • 7 to 8 Sambar onions | Shallots for spiced masala
  • 3 to 4 Sambar onions | Shallots for tempering
  • 2 1/2 Tomatoes for spiced masala
  • 1/2 Tomatoes for tempering
  • Curry leaves
  • 2 to 3 Garlic cloves
  • 2 Dry red chilies
  • 2 tbsp Homemade spice powder the mixture of chana dal, dry red chili, cumin seeds, and coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp Desiccated coconut
  • Salt required level
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 1 1/2 cup Water
  • Dry methi leaves

Instructions

  • Heat the 1 1/2 tbsp of oil in a Kadai, add garlic cloves and saute for a min.
  • Next, add the first 3/4th portion of chopped onions and curry leaves, saute until the onions are cooked.
  • Next, add the first 3/4th portion of chopped tomatoes, dry red chili and saute until the tomatoes get mushy.
  • Once the tomatoes are done, next add the salt, turmeric and chili powder. Give a good mix.
  • Now it’s a time for spice powder and other spices, add the spice powder, fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon, and poppy seeds. Add 1/2 cup of water(100ml) also and mix everything well.
  • Once they are cooked well, add coconut as well. Give a good mix.
  • Now mix everything allow it to cook for 2 mins, and turn off the burner.
  • Once it is cool down, transfer the tomato mixture into a jar and grind it, make a paste out of it.
  • Now the tempering process starts, Take the Kadai, add 1/2 tbsp of oil in it, Once it heated, add mustard and cumin seeds in it.
  • Add the remaining 1/4th portion of chopped onions into it. Saute well.
  • Once the onions are cooked, add the 1/4th portion of finely chopped tomatoes as well.
  • Once the tomatoes are cooked well, add the spiced masala into it.
  • Add the required amount of water to make the gravy. I added one cup of water, the curry is not too thick or thin. Added some dry methi leaves as well.
  • Close it and allow it to cook for about 10 mins, then give a good mix and transfer the curry to a bowl. Now the authentic Chettinadu or Kongu Thakkali Kulambu is ready to serve.

Process:

Get all the ingredients ready. Heat the 1 1/2 tbsp of oil in a Kadai, add garlic cloves and saute for a min.

Next, add the first 3/4th portion of chopped onions and curry leaves, saute until the onions are cooked.

Next, add the first 3/4th portion of chopped tomatoes, dry red chili and saute until the tomatoes get mushy.

Once the tomatoes are done, next add the salt, turmeric and chili powder. Give a good mix.

Now it’s a time for spice powder and other spices, add the spice powder, fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon, and poppy seeds. Add 1/2 cup of water(100ml) also and mix everything well.

Once they are cooked well, add coconut as well. Give a good mix.

Now mix everything allow it to cook for 2 mins, and turn off the burner.

Once it is cool down, transfer the tomato mixture into a jar and grind it, make a paste out of it.

Now the tempering process starts, Take the Kadai, add 1/2 tbsp of oil in it, Once it heated, add mustard and cumin seeds in it.

Add the remaining 1/4th portion of chopped onions into it. Saute well.

Once the onions are cooked, add the 1/4th portion of finely chopped tomatoes as well.

Once the tomatoes are cooked well, add the spiced masala into it.

Add the required amount of water to make the gravy. I added one cup of water, the curry is not too thick or thin. Added some dry methi leaves as well.

Close it and allow it to cook for about 10 mins, then give a good mix and transfer the curry to a bowl. Now the authentic Chettinadu or Kongu Thakkali Kulambu is ready to serve.

Chettinadu | Kongu Thakkali Kulambu (Tomato Curry Recipe)
Chettinadu | Kongu Thakkali Kulambu (Tomato Curry Recipe)

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21 thoughts on “Chettinadu | Kongu Thakkali Kulambu (Tomato Curry) Recipe

  1. I love anything when it just says Chettinad…I’m such a fan of this cuisine. This is such a flavourful and delicious tomato curry. I’m always about everything homemade and I Love that you are using homemade one.

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