It’s raining tomatoes over here. I love tomatoes and this is one vegetable which grows abundantly in summer. Many Indian recipes use tomatoes but I am almost running out of recipes using Tomatoes. I tried Tomato Rice, Tomato Curry, Tomato & Onion Stir Fry and everything I could think of. That’s when I thought of making a Tomato Curry with Roasted Coconut. I always have some roasted coconut in my fridge. Thanks to my Mom! I use it for making quick gravies. Here is the recipe for Varutharacha Thakkali Curry or Tomato Curry in a Roasted Coconut Gravy.
- Ripe Tomatoes – 3 to 4 large ones (about 3 cups diced)
- Diced Shallots/Onions – 1/2 cup
- Slit Green Chillies – 2 (Alter according to your spice tolerance)
- Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Cumin Powder (Jeerakam) – 1/2 tsp
- Curry Leaves – A sprig
- Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp
- Oil – 2 tbsp
- Salt – to taste
- Water – as needed
For dry roasting and grinding
- Grated Coconut – 1 cup
- Garlic – 2 small cloves
- Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp (Alter according to your spice tolerance)
- Home Made Garam Masala Powder – 1 tsp
- Fennel Seeds – 1/2 tsp
- Dry roast grated coconut and garlic on medium-low heat. Keep on stirring continuously until the coconut turns into a dark brown color. The coconut should be thoroughly roasted.
- Reduce heat and add fennel seeds, red chilly and garam masala powders and continue roasting for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and allow it to cool.
- Grind everything to a smooth paste along with 1/2 cup water.
- Meanwhile, cook the tomatoes in a little water along with slit green chillies, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and salt to taste until the tomatoes are mashed.
- Heat 2 tbsp oil in a deep non stick pan and splutter mustard seeds.
- Throw in the diced shallots and curry leaves. Saute until the shallots turn brown.
- Throw in the cooked tomatoes into the pan. Add 1/2 tsp cumin powder.
- Pour the coconut paste to the pan along with 2 to 3 more cups of water and salt to taste. Bring everything to a slow boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes so that the gravy thickens.
- You can also grind half of the cooked tomatoes along with the roasted coconut for a thicker gravy.
- You can dry roast coconut and refrigerate it for later use. This will hep you on busy days.