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Coconut based Tomato Curry

Thakkali Thenga Arachu Vachathu is a coconut based tomato curry served with rice. Adding dried shrimp powder enhances the flavour of curry. However, That is optional.


  • 4 tomatoes quartered
  • 1 Onion sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Powdered dried shrimp (Optional)

To be ground

  • 3/4 cup Grated Coconut
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1/2 inch Ginger

For tempering

  • 3 teaspoons Oil
  • 2 sprigs Curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 3 shallots thinly sliced


  • Grind all in ingredients to be ground with water till you get a very fine paste.
  • Heat an earthern pot or a pan of your choice and put oil in it.
  • Once heated, add the sliced onions and saute till they are transluscent.
  • Put in the tomatoes and stir till the tomatoes slightly softens.
  • Add the turmeric and chilli powder and mix well for a minute.
  • Add the ground paste and stir well.
  • Adjust the consistency by adding water.
  • Once it comes to a boil, add the shrimp powder, stir and turn off the heat.
  • In another pan, heat the oil and add mustard seeds.
  • Once it splutters, add the curry leaves and the shallots and fry till the shallots turn slightly brown in colour.
  • Turn off the heat and then add it to the curry.
  • Serve hot with Rice


For the powdered dried shrimp, if you have dried shrimp, just dry-roast them and then powder it.