Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Thakkali Char(Spicy Tomato Broth a traditional Sourashtrian dish)

Thakkali char (Spicy tomato broth) is a traditional Sourashtrian recipe common among Sourashtrian families in south India. Thakkali char is a simple recipe and easy to cook dish prepared with onion, tomato and basic Indian spices and tastes excellent with white rice. This can be served as a soup for lunch and dinner. Try this less spicy quick recipe at home and Enjoy Cooking!!!


Onion(chopped)                50 gm
Tomato(chopped)            100 gm
Chilli Powder                     1 tsp
Curry leaves                     12 nos
Coriander leaves                1 spring 
Dry red chilli                      1 no
Mustard seeds                    1/4 tsp
Black gram                         1/4 tsp
Asafoetida                           1/4 tsp
Salt                                      to taste
Oil                                       10 ml
Water                                   500 ml


1. Heat 5 ml oil in a thick bottom kadai. Add mustard seeds, black gram, dry red chilli cut into halves, curry leaves and asafoetida and fry. Remove from heat and transfer to another vessel once the mustard seed starts to splutter.
2. Heat remaining 5 ml oil in a kadai or sauce pan. Add chopped onion and fry in a slow fire till it changes to light brown in colour.
3. Add chopped tomatoes, chilli powder, chopped coriander leaves and salt. Continue frying in a slow fire till the tomatoes gets smashed well.
4. Add 500 ml water and bring to boil. Cook in slow fire for 3 to 5 minutes.
5. Remove from heat and mix with the fried ingredients.
6. Serve hot with white rice. This can be served as a soup too.


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