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Monday, December 22, 2008

Sindhi curry - Tomato kadhi is known as curry chawara, is a main dish for Sindhi's. We have a function before the wedding day and is called as curry chawara ( as the food should not contain onions and garlic). The menu goes like this curry, chawara (rice) aloo took, lotus stem subzi and sweets like mohantal and sweet boondi is served.

I have updated this post with step by step pictures, after I made this for lunch menu series. But the recipe remains same as my friend written.


Sindhi curry recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Sindhi  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 15 mins    |  Cook time: 25 mins    Serves: 3


Tomato, medium sized - 4

Besan flour - 1 & 1/2 tblsp

Drumstick - 1

Radish - 1/2

Cluster beans - 10

Ladies finger - 10

Ginger, finely chopped - 1 tblsp

Green chilli - 2

Red chilli powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp

Turmeric - 1/8 tsp

Tamarind pulp - 2 tblsp

To temper

Oil - 2 tblsp

Mustard - 3/4 tsp

Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp

Cumin/ Jeera - 1 tsp

Asafoetida/ Hing - 1 pinch

Curry leaves - A sprig


  1. Scrap the drumstick skin slightly, cut into finger length pieces. Peel and cube radish. Cut cluster beans also same length as drumstick. Cut the head and tail of ladies finger and slit slightly in the middle. Keep all the other ingredients ready.  Boil radish and drumstick in a vessel.
  2. 1-ingredients 
  3. Chop tomatoes roughly. Grind it to make puree.
  4. 2-puree
  5. Heat kadai and sauté ladies finger in medium flame for 2 minutes. Add cluster beans to it and fry both of them with out changing its color until soft. Be generous with oil. Keep aside and temper with the items given under 'To temper' table.
  6. 3-temper
  7. Keep little water ready. Lower the flame completely. Add besan and give quick stir. Make sure not to burn it, but the raw smell should go off and besan should turn golden colour. 
  8. 4-besan
  9. Add red chilli powder and turmeric, give it a quick stir. Add water to prevent burning. Just a little.
  10. 5-spice
  11. Add tomato puree, salt and mix well. Close the kadai with a lid as it splutters a lot. 
  12. 6-add
  13. Cook it stirring now and then until it becomes thick paste and oil floats. Now add the sautéed vegetables, cooked vegetables along with the water and add another 1 & 1/2 cups water and mix well. Check for salt. Boil it.
  14. 7-fry
  15. When it starts to boil, add tamarind pulp (I used 1 tsp tamarind paste) and boil until the veggies get cooked and the gravy becomes thick.
  16. 8-gravy


    • Sauteing cluster beans and ladies finger is important.
    • Cooking drumstick and radish separately is optional and you can cook along the gravy itself, but I wanted to make sure it done soon.
    • Some add potato too, but I didn’t add.
    • You can add a 1/4 tsp of sugar  or jaggery for enhancing the taste.

Serve with steamed rice, aloo took and papad. Smells and tastes great!


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  1. what a coincidence? i was just looking at ur tomato kadhi while u posted a comment in my blog..

    this is a different recipe and picture looks tempting and inviting.

  2. Yes Mahimaa,after few days today I was visiting my blogger friends and posted a recipe too at same time:D
    Thanks for the quick comment!

  3. I love garlic and onions, but once in a while I would love to have a change too... this sounds perfect.

  4. Used to love this kadhi until I became vegan! So quick and tastes great! Love yours and also I like the columns for ingredients and measures - neat!

  5. looks colorful and tastes good. inviting pics.... sapida varava?!....

  6. Tempting Kadhi..quite different one..need to try this..

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  8. A healthy dish with so many veggies, this is new to me, I have to make this for rotis today :)

  9. Wow! The kadhi looks yummy...

  10. That looks colourful and delicious!

  11. that is a nice and simple recipe to learn! can try sometime!

  12. Never tried this combo. Looks gr8.

  13. looks really nice!
    join in the savory event going in my blog!

  14. Tangy kadhi ,I love it with hot rice:)

  15. wow, what a bright color! looks delicious.

  16. Tomato kadhi looks colourful and delicious!lovely pic rekha

  17. I never knew that a kadhi could be done with just tomatoes - always associated with curd... Beautiful colour and looks so tasty.

  18. Hi
    Thanks for passing by my blog..your posts are interesting and pictures are great.I also liked the recipe for tomatoe kadhi.unique in some way.
    I would also like to wish you Merry Christmas and wonderful ushering into new year 2009.

  19. Very different recipe and sounds very delicous too

  20. Different recipe Raji.. Hav a card for you in my blog. Do check out!

  21. That looks so tempting. Wish u a very happy new year.

  22. Vibrant looking Kadhi. I'll definetly try this recipe.
    Wishing you a very happy new year. :-)

  23. I am so distracted by the delicious drumsticks that you have there. I have not had drumsticks in years!

  24. This is completely new to me , but love this kadhi. Happy that I got a new curry to try. Wish u and family a happy and prosperous New year.

  25. Tomato Kadhi is new tyo me. Sounds good. Wish you and your family very happy new year.

  26. Have tasted this just once, when a college friend made this. The colour is lovely. Thanks for the recipe!

  27. wow this looks interestin nd such a nice colour,..looks awesome,..:-)

  28. Made this today. Such a lovely dish! So it will be little watery right ? Just wanted to confirm if it had turned out properly. And yesterday was your vendaya rasam. That was our family's favorite and somehow Amma had lost that recipe and for years she hadn't made it. It like finding it again and the whole family enjoyed every little drop of it! Thanks a lot Sangeeta for the wonderful recipes!

  29. Thanks Nirmala for trying from this blog and leaving feedback!

    This tomato kadhi is an contribution recipe by my friend sangeeta,this recipe consistency is in between sambhar and rasam :)

    And vendhaya rasam is my recipe and thanks for a good feedback,My name is Raji,by the way :)

  30. Madam, I am highly impressed and I am going to try this now!!!

  31. I am going to try this ! Tomato and tamarind together.. you have my undivided attention!
    I do have a question:

    Can I use canned diced tomato, if yes, how much? (winter tomatoes are so tasteless, to get good taste, I'm afraid, I need to use canned)

    1. Hi, I am not sure about the canned tomatoes quantiy. My be 1 and a 1/2 or 2 will be working.

  32. I cant stand the pungent flavor that emits from tomatoes which chopping or even for eating, but i just wanted to give this version a try and i was doubtful till the end if it would turn out gud? will it be ok for my family members tastebuds, but gr8 it turned out well unexpected, the tamrind, and tomato combo was gud i made more in quantity by adding lil more besan than suggested here, but i guess dry roasting the besan ahead seperatly would be much better as i found it difficult to roast the besan in the oil seasoning itself it became kind of lumps when aded to seasoning oil, i just wanted to share this part, so that new learners mite not get panic over the situation :) keep updating more ive been trying manythings from ur blog occasionally cheers~! for the hard work

  33. I am going to trying this recipe! Tomato and tamarind together. I do have a question. Can I use the canned tomato? I am waiting for your response. Thanks.

    1. Fresh tomato works best. Canned ones is too acidic for this one as already tamarind is there


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