Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tomato Puli Kozhambu / Tomato Gravy

My paternal grand mom used to make this when ever she stayed with us. I loved this kozhambu. Its spicy and tastes great with rice or dosa or idly. When ever she came home, first thing I ask her is to make this for me. In a week she would make atleast twice just for me. Its very simple. No need for any special ingredients. One day when I dint know what to make, I was reminded of this kozhambu. I made this one and it became a hit.


Tomato - 1
Tamarind - lime size or tamarind paste would work too
Water - 2 cups
Salt - to taste
Turmeric - a pinch
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tbsps or more according to spice level.

For Seasoning

Oil - 2 tbsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Curry leaves - 6-8
Mustard - 1 tsps
Urad dhal - 1 tsps
Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsps


First mash the tomato in 1/4 cup water and keep it aside. You could add tomato with mashing it too. Just cut it into 4 - 6 pieces.

Extract 1 cup thick tamarind juice

Heat some deep pan or deep vessel and add oil. When hot add mustard. When it splutters, add urad dhal, curry leaves, fenugreek seeds and asafoetida. Fry until urad dhal turns golden brown.

Add the mashed tomato, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and fry until tomato gets cooked. When tomato becomes tender, add tamarind extract and salt. Add rest of the water and let it boil for about 10 mins. Do not dilute it too much.

The gravy will become thick. Once it becomes thick, remove from heat.

Since it is thick, just a little portion of it will be good enough. You could store it for at least 3- 4 days in the fridge.

Serve it with hot rice or idly or dosa.

Enjoy Cooking!


  1. Hmm, I just feel like having some ghee dosa now, so tempting.

  2. Nice looking gravy..will love to eat it with hot steamed rice and ghee :)

    US Masala

  3. Delicious Puli kuzambu...lovely Amritha

    Pushpa @

  4. Tongue tickling gravy, looks absolutely irresistible..

  5. Never heard of it.Probably I should try this sometime.

  6. tongue twisting gravy...delicious

  7. So simple and yummy, this kind of gravy is my favorite...

  8. These are my favorite flavors ...even if i am ot a south Indian i love this. With a butter dosa it will be super yummy...

  9. yummm- tangy and inviting you dish is here!

  10. Ciao Amritha, and thank you for visiting my blog. I am glad to find more vegetarian blogs, and with so many lovely Indian recipes! I had a quick look and I will come back for sure, now I have to go to the dentist (maybe I should chew a clove in the meantime?), but I will be back.

    In the meantime I am happy to put my name among your followers.

    Have a great day with that yummy bowl of tomato soup!



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