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Simply Delicious - Best Spicy Indian Tomato Curry Recipe

I am a foodie who loves to test out new cuisine whenever I can. My taste buds tend to lean more towards spicy, rich flavors.

A Curry For Spice and Chili Lovers!

One of the curries I cook really well and which is enjoyed by my entire family would be 'Thick and Spicy Tomato Curry' or 'Thakkali Curry' as people in Kerala call it. It's really easy to make and goes well with chappatis (Indian bread) and dosas (another Indian breakfast delicacy). If you are from outside of India, this is a recipe to try, because:

  • it is easy to make, and
  • you can have it with bread or rice.

A lot of our Indian recipes take some time to complete. A recipe is like this is perfect for us to make during those lazy or super-exhausted days.

Here, on this page, you will find the recipe for this delicious tomato curry but be warned it can be a little too spicy for people who are not used to Indian cuisine. I like my food hot and spicy, so this recipe caters to mine and my family's tastes!

You can alter the amount of chili powder to suit your taste. But I guarantee that this curry is absolutely delicious and will be enjoyed by curry lovers!

A funny backstory: guests usually find our food very spicy (even if they are fellow Indians) and we usually find food that is served to us a bit bland when we visit others. So now you get an idea of how spicy this recipe is going to be!

Spicy Tomato Curry

Spicy Tomato Curry


Remember to adjust the spice (green chilies and chili powder) as per your taste. A few of my family members like to add a bit of vinegar to the curry mix which adds more tanginess, but I prefer the curry without that.

  • 2 Big Onions (Chopped)
  • 3 Green Chilies (Chopped)
  • Tomatoes (4 Chopped)
  • Chili Powder (1-2 tsp)
  • Turmeric Powder (1/4 tsp)
  • Salt (To Taste)
  • Cooking Oil (2-3 tbsps)
  • Mustard Seeds (1/4 tsp)

Instructions: How To Make Spicy Tomato Curry Indian Style

  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  2. When the oil is hot, put mustard seeds.
  3. When mustard seeds start popping, put chopped onions and green chilies into the pan.
  4. When you see the onions turning light brown (this comes with a smell of cooked onions), put chopped tomatoes.
  5. Add the powders along with salt to taste.
  6. Stir and put the lid on the pan. Keep on low flame.
  7. Stir occasionally and check if tomatoes are ready (cooked/mashed).
  8. You can add water if you want at this point if you like more gravy.
  9. When tomatoes are cooked, stop the flame and serve!
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Kalpana Iyer (author) from India on November 01, 2012:

Thank you :)

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mioluna on September 20, 2010:

Great recipe Divacratus! I like spicy food!

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