Thakkali (Tomato) Kosumalli

There are times when you need to get food on the table quickly and with minimum fuss. This Tomato Kosumalli is one of the easiest side-dish that I make in a jiffy other than this, and is appreciated at home!  By the time the Idli steams up the dish gets done and am ready to serve. Goes very well with our staples (Idli / Dosa) and Idiappam. An optional addition is boiled and mashed potatoes - to extend the quantity of the side-dish.
"Kosumalli" generally in Chettinad homes means Kathirikkai Kosumalli. In this recipe I have used a combination of Country Tomatoes that are tart and Hybrid Bangalore Tomatoes. Otherwise, add aamchoor or lemon juice to taste.

Tomatoes - 4
Onion - 1, small

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard - 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal - 1/4 tsp
Fenugreek - 3 pieces
Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
Green Chillies - 2, slit
Turmeric Powder - a pinch
Sambhar Powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Wash and slit the tomatoes. Place in a microwave proof bowl.
Microwave tomatoes for 3 minutes. Cool slightly and puree with 1 cup of water. The other option is to blanch in 2 cups of water for 4 to 5 minutes. Cool well and blend with a little water. Reserve the remaining water to add to the gravy as needed.

Heat oil in a deep pan and splutter mustard, urad and then add curry leaves and fenugreek seeds.
Add in onions and chillies; saute until it changes colour.
Next, add the sambhar powder, turmeric powder and salt. Quickly pour in pureed (thin) tomatoes.
Bring to a boil, stirring to make sure that the onions do not stick to the base of the pan. Add water if needed to make a thin gravy.
Simmer until it mellows. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve Hot


revathi said…
Very new to me... Bookmarked ..
Thanks for sharing..
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