Kovai Thakkali Kozhambu / Spicy Tomato Gravy

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Kovai Thakkali Kozhambu

Photo and Recipe Courtesy: Subhasini (my friend)

This is a superb recipe from my friend Subha. She is from Erode. This recipe is unique to Erode and the nearby villages. Plenty of sugarcane, rice and turmeric is available there.
This is her signature tomato kozhambu recipe.. The masala for this kozhambu is always ground in a traditional flat mortar and pestle. Thakali Kozhambu is an awesome side-dish for Idlis and Dosais.
Subha makes it perfectly well. This recipe goes to GRAMATHU KAIMANAM hosted by Shama Nagarajan.


Red chillies -3
4 tbsp coconut gratings
2 tbsp split chick pea (pottu kadalai)
1 1/2 tsp Saunf
1/2 inch cinnamon
2 cloves
3/4 tbsp khus khus
Baby onions ( pearl onions/ shallots) 5+3
3 tomatoes-chopped
3 green chillies slit
3 cloves garlic grated/minced
1 sprig curry leaves
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Chopped coriander leaves- for garnishing
4-5tsp oil

Add oil in a kadai, first fry the red chillies keep aside.
Next fry coconut gratings,split chick pea,saunf, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, khus-khus. Keep aside.
Next fry, 5 onions, chopped tomatoes till onions turn crisp and tomatoes get soft.
Now grind the ingredients one by one in the same order. Coarsely grind the coconut however.(This is to prevent uneven grinding)
Again add oil in a kadai. Add the green chillies, garlic, 3 long chopped onions, curry leaves and fry till the onions turn glassy.
Add the paste and saute for a few minutes, Add turmeric, salt.
Add some water and bring it to a boil. Boil till the raw smell vanishes. The consistency should be like that of a thin gravy.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve with steaming idlis and dosas!


Aarthi said...

the kozhambu looks nice shuba! nice click!

Priyameena said...

Wonderful entry!!I love this with idli or dosa..

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

wow Kitty you are doing an amzing job for your friend, this kulambu looks great love the way it has turned out!!!

kittymatti said...

thank u so much Aarthi, Priyameena and Ramya for your nice comments!

LG said...

This definitely is a yummy entry to the event :)

Vrinda said...

Nice curry with tomato..i think it will go well with rice too,right?nice entry...Hav a nice weekend dear..

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! Kitty ...nice blog ...and love this dish ..Looks soo spicy .:)
Thanks for ur comment 2my blog keep visiting

kittymatti said...

Thanks Lakshmi, Vrinda, Mangala!

Renuka said...

wow..the kuzhambhu looks great...

munchcrunchandsuch said...

I have been wanting to make the thakkali kuzhambu for a long time now.My MIL makes a similar one and I just love it. I will post it sometime.Btw, why is it called kovai thakkali kuzhambu? Is it bcos it originated from kovaior coimbatore?

munchcrunchandsuch said...

I am yet to have bfast in the morning and this pic had me craving for the kuzhambu now.Well done!

Pavithra said...

Hi kitty me too do the same type of gravy but only variation is i put lot of chopped garlic while frying no onion. I will post it. I love this dish so much.. Nice and color is tempting

kittymatti said...

yes dear munchy, it originated there..kongu naadu samyal..thank u so much da

Thanks pavithra, renuka

Rathi said...

lovely...jus tried it for the party today...I am up to date...

kittymatti said...

wow!!! excellent rathi! thnx so much da...

Deja said...

Anybody knows what is kudi mulagu kari? my husband asking me (his mother used to do this). but i dont heard about it. if anyone knows kindly update me the link on deja@jaysan.co.cc

Radhika @foodfor7stages said...

Hi Preethi, I made this curry for dinner and I must say it is lip-smacking and delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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