Palladam Special Thakkali ( Tomato ) Kuruma

Palladam Special Thakkali ( Tomato ) Kuruma

Palladam is near Coimbatore. Palladam is famous for good food and power looms. This recipe is my grandmother’s friends  formula. She used to live in Palladam. I am very happy to share an age old time tested recipe. Thanks to Charu Patti for the recipe.

This Kuruma goes well with Idli, dosa, appam, idiappam, upma, puri, hot phulkas and plain rice too. The recipe for you.


Finely chopped small onions – 1/2 cup

Finely chopped nice, ripe  Bangalore tomato – 1

Tamarind paste – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar -3/4 teaspoon

Water – 1 and 1/2 cups

Roast in oil and grind to a fine paste 

Oil – 2 tablespoons

Chopped small onions – 1/2 cup

Chopped Bangalore tomatoes –  3 ( big  sized tomatoes )

Chopped garlic – 5 flakes

Fried gram ( Pottu kadalai ) – 1 tablespoon

Grated coconut- 3 tablespoons

Peanuts – 1 teaspoon

White sesame seeds- 1/2 teaspoon

Chopped green chillies – 2

Chopped ginger – 1 teaspoon

Dry red chillies – 5 ( I have used Kashmiri red chillies )

Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon

Jeera – 1/2 teaspoon

Cloves – 1

Cardamom – 1

Cinnamon – 1 very small piece

Turmeric powder – 2 pinches

Heat a pan. Add oil. Fry all the above mentioned ingredients to a light golden colour on sim flame. Transfer to another plate. Cool. Grind to a fine paste with little water.

To Season

Oil- 2 tablespoons

Ghee – 2 tablespoons

Saunf ( aniseeds ) – 2 pinches

To Garnish

Finely chopped green coriander leaves and curry leaves – little


Heat a pan. Season on medium flame. First fry the chopped small onions on sim flame to a golden colour. Next, add the chopped tomato. Sauté on simflame till the tomato turns mushy. Next, fry the ground paste. Cover and fry on sim flame for 5 minutes. Add the tamarind paste, salt to taste and sugar. Mix well. Add water. Cook on sim  flame for 10 minutes. By now the kuruma would have become thick. Switch off the stove. Garnish and serve hot.

Chef’s Tips

1) Do not make the Kuruma very watery. Tastes excellent if it is thick.

2) Use nice ripe red tomatoes.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s