Tomato Masala Kulambhu - Vegan Thursday

Today I am sharing you all my mom's recipe with the tomatoes which is a tangy and flavorful kulambhu for Vegan Thursday.This kulambhu tastes good with steaming rice and it is slightly thicker one,little different from kurma.I personally prefer this one with the plain basmathi rice,now on to the recipe....................


Onion(finely sliced )2(medium size)
Tomato(chopped)3(large size)
Garlic/poondu(thinly sliced5 cloves
Green chilly5
Chilly powder/milagai podi1tsp
Coriander powder/dhania podi2 tsp
Sambar powder1tsp
Turmeric powder/manjal podi1/8tsp
Coriander leaves(chopped)as needed

Grind to a fine paste

Fennel seeds/sombu1/2tsp

For the seasoning

Cinnamon/pattai1inch piece
Star anise2 petals
Bay leaves1
Fennel seeds/sombu1/4tsp

Grind the given ingredients to grind to a fine paste with water and keep it aside.
Heat the pan with the oil,crackle the fennel seeds,then add the wholegaram masala.Add the curry leaves then saute the sliced onion,garlic and green chilly till transparent.

Once the onion becomes transparent add the chopped tomatoes with a pinch of salt,cook it till mushy.

Now add all the spice powder and fry it for a minute,add 1/2 cup of water.Let it boil till the raw smell disappears.

Add the ground paste to it and add 1/2 cup of water,cook it till it becomes thick.Finally add the chopped coriander leaves and mix it well.

Tomato Masala Kulambhu is ready.

Serve it with white rice.


  • The kulambhu should be slightly in the thicker side not to be watery or thin.
  • Use well ripe tomatoes to get a nice color and taste.
Anyone interested in joining us, please leave your email id in the comment section and we will contact you.

Do Check my friends recipes who participating in  Vegan Thursday.

1) Sangee
2) Manjula
3) Vardhini 
4) Viji
5) Divya
6) Priya


wow wow super kulambu aks... my most fav. kulambu, ready to empty the bowl...;)

one of my fav kuzhambu but i love it with idly/dosa...looks inviting Nalini!

Mom's recipes are the best, thanks for sharing looks awesome

Hi Nalini,
This dish looks superb. The gravy looks so colourful and flavourful. And that it is your mom's recipe makes it more special. I will definitely try it out.

like ur version.. goes with everything.. :)

excited to join you all in Vegan Thursday... and this kulambhu is finger licking good... perfect pictures..
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best for idly and dosai...perfectly done...

Can have extra idlies with this masala kuzhambu,droolworthy dish.

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