Thakaali ( tomato ) Urugai


Thakaali Urugai, is a very good accompaniment to Upma, Idli, Dosa, Roti and plain rice. Choose nice bright red tomatoes. We make it often at home. Can store in the fridge for 2 days.


Chopped tomatoes – 2 cups

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Chilli powder – 1 teaspoon ( I used Kashmiri chilli powder)

Asafoetida powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar- 1 teaspoon

Water –  1/2 cup

To Season

Oil – 2tablespoons

Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds( jeera ) – 1/2 teaspoon

To Garnish

Finely chopped curry and green coriander leaves – little


Heat a pan. Season . Add the tomatoes. Keep the stove on medium flame. Add salt, sugar, and all the spice powders.Mix well. Add 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Mash little. Cook till little thick. Switch off the stove. Garnish and serve hot.

Chef’s Tips

1) Use nice red tomatoes to give a bright red colour.

2) If you want little extra sweetness add little extra sugar.


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