kara chutney recipe

Kara chutney for idli

Kara chutney recipe, a spicy, tasty, Tamil hotel style chutney for idli, dosa, Pongal or any tiffin made with shallots & tomatoes. How to make kara chutney

tomato korma recipe

Tomato Kurma

A classic South Indian breakfast side dish, Tomato Kurma, makes for a delectable combination with dosa and chapati/parotta.


Tamatar Pulao ~ Tomato Rice

Our friends sent us loads of farm fresh tomatoes they harvested in their farm. Last week saw the making of a lot of tomato based recipes namely, tomato pickle, tomato rasam, tomato soup and Tamatar Pulao. Tomato Pulao is an extremely flavorful rice dish using ripe red tomatoes and rice.

Thakkali Kulambu ~ Chettinadu Style Tomato Curry

Picked a whole lot of almost ripe tomatoes at the farmer’s market a few days ago and my pantry looks very colorful as the tomatoes ripen to a brilliant red shade. I put a few to good use yesterday when I prepared tomato pepper rasam and today I used a few ripe ones to make a Chettinadu Style Thakkali Kulambu. Spices like cinnamon, clove and cardamom bring a flavor and fragrance of their own while jaggery and coconut add a dose of sweetness that balance and complement the flavor of tangy tomatoes.

Tomato Cheese Salad

Summer is in full swing. Going the salad way is becoming a regular routine. We had an abundant harvest of tomatoes this year. Tomato pickle was prepared last week. Today, I prepared an easy, breezy, cheesy, super simple tomato salad using little cubes of cheese and cucumber.

Pappu Tomato – Andhra Tomato Dal

Tomato Pappu mixed with a dollop of ghee and rice with Mango Avakai is a dearly loved combination and an integral part of everyday Andhra food culture. Simple, earthy, soulful food! Tur dal aka Kandi Pappu with tomato is a winning combination and the addition of fresh coriander brings a perfect touch.

Chunky Tomato Soup

A vibrant, hearty, soothing, chunky tomato soup to brighten up the rainy season! The key to a delicious tomato soup is in roasting the tomatoes. Use herbs of your choice. My favorite herb is fresh coriander leaves and I like a chunky tomato soup.

Sun-dried Tomato Pickle (Garlic Flavored)

Today’s recipe differs from the earlier blogged Endu Tomato Pachadi in terms of the seasoning. Asafoetida aka hing is replaced with crushed garlic, mustard seeds and fresh curry leaves that are tempered in hot oil before combining with the tomatoes. This lends depth of flavor and strikes a balance between the acidity and fruity sweetness of sun dried tomatoes.

Capsicum Tomato Curry

A recipe you can serve at a potluck with any flavored rice or Naan or simple phulkas. The nutty flavor of peanuts and sesame seeds mingles well with the tart taste of tomatoes and sweetness of capsicums.

Tomato Coriander Mint Chutney

Home grown pudina along with fresh coriander leaves and plump, ripe, juicy red tomatoes from farmer’s market, sauteed with cumin, green chillis and split gram dal, blended to a coarse paste and tempered with asafoetida and curry leaves. Yields a simple, quick and satisfying pachadi that went down really well with Idli, our morning breakfast.

Verusenaga (Peanut) Tomato Pachadi

Its the season for tomatoes and they are reasonably priced too. I had earlier blogged peanut tomato pachadi recipe. Today’s recipe is a variation which is a garlic-y amalgam of sorts with tart, nutty, spicy flavors making it a perfect start for the day’s first meal. One that is hard to resist with dosas and idlis.

Barbati Tomato Kura – Yard long beans with tomato

This simple recipe is a version of a classic tomato curry and makes a decent side with rotis or rice. Fresh long beans are blanched to tenderness and simmered with caramelized onions, tomatoes and garlic to deliver a hearty, warm curry. This recipe works with most stringy beans.

Simple & Quick Tomato Rice

One pot dishes are my quick fix meals on busy days. I made Tomato rice today. Simple recipe with minimal spices. The sweet tart juices of tomato are beautifully absorbed by the rice yielding a subtly spiced dish that was well-loved by my family. Use nice red juicy tomatoes when trying this recipe.

Tomato Peanut Pachadi

I love to prepare this easy, breezy pachadi simply because I relish the peanut-ty flavor. The color is very appealing in its brightness with a marvelous mix of sweet, tart and spice flavors. Goes very well with dosas and idlis. I served the chutney with sponge dosa. Tomato Peanut Chutney with Poha aka Sponge dosa […]

How To Blanch Tomatoes & Onions

Regular readers will notice that a few recipes featured here call for ‘blanching’ of vegetables. Many of my dear readers have left comments asking ‘how to blanch onions and tomatoes’. Blanching is partially cooking vegetables in boiling water for a short period and immediately plunging them in cold water to stop the cooking process. Blanching […]