TOMATO KURUMA – Thakali Kurma


Kuruma is one of the common South Indian recipe. Coconut is the main ingredient for any kuruma. This tomato kuruma recipe is one of the easy recipe you can prepare in very short time.



  • Side dish for Idly, Dosa, Idiyappam, Aapam, Chapathi.

AUTHOR : Dimple                   CUISINE : South Indian
COURSE : Side Dish                YIELD : 2-3 serving


  • Oil – 2 Tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch
  • Cloves – 3
  • Cardamom – 3
  • Bay Leaf – 1
  • Onion(medium) -1
  • Turmeric – 1/2 Tsp
  • Salt – As required
  • Water – As required

For Grinding tomato paste :

  • Tomato(medium) – 2
  • Green chilli – 5
  • Grated Coconut – 1/4 Cup
  • Fennel Seeds – 2 Tsp
  • Ginger – 1 inch
  • Garlic – 4 cloves
  • Poppy Seeds – 2 Tsp
  • Fried Gram – 2 Tbsp


  1. Take a blender/mixie and add all ingredients given for grinding paste. Grind it.
  2. Finely chop the onion.


  1. Place a pan on medium heat. When it is hot add oil.
  2. Add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and bay leaf.
  3. Add finely chopped onions and saute until it becomes translucent.
  4. Add tomato paste.
  5. Add turmeric, salt and required water.
  6. Stir well and let it boil.
  7. Mix often. Cook until there is no raw smell. Turn off the stove.


  • If you are preparing for chapathi or idiyapam add less water and make it as a gravy.
  • If you are preparing for Idly, dosa or aapam add more water and make it as pouring consistency.
  • If it becomes watery, mix a table spoon of rice flour in water and add it. To avoid lumps, add rice flour mix with one hand and stir the kuruma with other hand.
  • Instead of Rice flour you can use Idly batter also. Dilute idly batter with water and pour using one hand and stir kuruma using another hand.

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