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Kongunadu Thakkali Kuzhambu for idli and dosai
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5 from 9 votes

Kongu Thakkali Kuzhambu

Kongu Thakkali Kuzhambu is a delicious and simple side dish for idli and dosai which has the right balance of spicy and tangy. This Tomato Curry is also Vegan.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 145kcal


  • 4 Tomatoes chopped
  • 12 Small onions / Pearl onions / shallots peeled
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander seeds / dhania
  • 4 Red chilies
  • 10 Black pepper
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Sambhar Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder / Dhania powder
  • ½ cup Grated coconut
  • Curry leaves few
  • Salt to taste
  • To temper -
  • 2 teaspoon Coconut oil
  • 8 Small onions / Pearl onions / shallots thinly sliced
  • Curry leaves few


  • Heat 2 tablespoon coconut oil in a pan and fry the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, red chilies and black pepper and curry leaves.  
  • Add about 12 peeled small onions and 4 cloves of garlic and saute them until the onions are caramelized and soft. 
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes along with turmeric powder, sambhar powder, coriander powder and salt. 
  • Cook the tomatoes until they are soft and mushy. This takes about 10 minutes on low to medium flame. 
  • Add the freshly grated coconut and saute for 2 more minutes and turn off the flame.
  • Let the mixture cool down and then grind it to a very smooth paste. Grind the mixture once and then add about a cup of water and grind until it is very smooth.
  • Now heat another pan (or wipe down and use the same pan). Add 2 teaspoon of coconut oil and fry the thinly sliced onions.
  • Also add the curry leaves as well and once the onions are translucent, pour in the ground masala paste. 
  • Add about 1 ½ cups to 2 cups of water and wash the mixer jar and pour it into the pan. 
  • Mix well and let the mixture come to a boil. Let it simmer for about 7 to 10 minutes and then serve hot with idli or dosai!


  • Use good quality, ripe tomatoes for the best flavor.
  • The dish tastes really well with the small onions / Indian shallots. If that is not available, you can use the regular onions. 
  • Make sure that you grind the mixture really well. This is a smooth kuzhambu. 


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 780IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg