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Tomato Charu

Tomato charu is a South Indian dish made with tomatoes and spices. It is a tangy and flavorful soup-like dish that is typically served with rice or dosa. To make tomato charu, tomatoes are cooked with spices such as cumin, mustard seeds, curry leaves, and green chillies, along with lentils and tamarind paste for added flavor. It is a popular comfort food in South India and is often enjoyed during the rainy season.

Tomato Charu

Recipe by S Kamala
Recipe rating: N/A
Course: Rasam/CharuCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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This tomato charu can be taken mixed with hot rice. It is a non-spicy charu and can be taken as “soup” also.


  • Tomato (Fully riped big size) – 2

  • Big Onion – 1

  • Green Chillies – 2

  • Jeera – 1 teaspoon

  • Coconut – 2 to 3 tablespoons

  • Turmeric Powder – a pinch

  • Oil – 1 teaspoon

  • Mustard – ½ teaspoon

  • Curry Leaves – few

  • Salt – ½ teaspoon or as per taste


  • Cut tomatoes into medium size pieces. Grind it to a fine puree.
  • Chop onion and green chillies finely.
  • In a kadai put the oil and when it is hot add mustard.
  • When it pops up add jeera and fry for a while.
  • Then add chopped onion and green chillies and curry leaves. Fry for two minutes.
  • Add tomato puree along with turmeric powder and salt. Mix well. Add a cup of water. Close with lid and bring to boil.
  • Meantime, grind the coconut into a fine paste and add to the boiling mixture. Stir well and allow to boil for further two to three minutes.

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