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Thakkali Curry/Tomato Curry with Coconut Milk

Updated: May 9, 2021

If my time in the Southern part of India taught me anything; it is how to fall in love with tomatoes all over again. Used in so many dishes; with every dish having a very distinct flavor. It makes you think- how this fruit ended up being such an important ingredient in Indian curries? Yes, you heard me right- "Tomatoes are botanically defined as fruits because they form from a flower and contain seeds. Still, they're most often utilized like a vegetable in cooking. In fact, the US Supreme Court ruled in 1893 that the tomato should be classified as a vegetable on the basis of its culinary applications." Fun fact for today.


Here is how you make this very easy, delicious curry.⁠⁠


3 medium sized tomatoes chopped⁠⁠

1 medium size onion sliced⁠⁠

1 tsp mustard seeds⁠⁠

1 tbsp chana dal or dry yellow lentils

5-6 curry leaves⁠⁠

1/2 tsp turmeric powder⁠⁠

1 tsp red chilli powder⁠⁠

1 tsp coriander powder⁠⁠

1/2 tsp garam masala⁠⁠

1-2 green chillies chopped⁠⁠

1 1/2 cup coconut milk⁠⁠ or 1 whole can of coconut milk (Add according to taste- start by adding half then taste and then add more if needed)

2 tbsp coconut oil⁠⁠

Salt to taste

1 tbsp of lemon (based on your preference)

2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander⁠⁠


  1. Heat a pan over medium heat and add 2 tbsp coconut oil/peanut oil.

  2. Add 1tsp mustard seeds, allow them to splutter. Now add curry leaves, sliced onions, and chopped green chilies.⁠⁠

  3. Saute and cook until onions are translucent in color.⁠⁠

  4. When onion turns translucent add chopped tomatoes and salt. Stir and cook tomatoes until they turn soft and mushy.⁠⁠

  5. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala mix well and cook for 1 -2 minutes.⁠⁠

  6. Stir coconut milk and add to tomato masala. Stir well, simmer the curry for 1 minute or just heat the milk and remove from the heat.⁠⁠

  7. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with steam rice/naan.⁠⁠


Let me know in comments if you tried this curry and how it turned out.

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