Cook's Hideout: Cherry Tomato Kurma

August 04, 2015

Cherry Tomato Kurma

Blogging Marathon# 55: Week 1/ Day 2
Theme: Healthy Family Dinners
Dish: Cherry Tomato Kurma
For the second day of  'Healthy Family Dinners', I have a creamy and delicious kurma made with cherry tomatoes. This dish can be served with either rotis or simple vegetable pulao.
Cherry Tomato Curry
I have been cooking a lot with cherry tomatoes lately like this cherry tomato pachadi or this cherry tomato & kale pasta. I make sure to keep some handy to make quick pasta sauces or toss into salads for a juicy bite.

Cherry Tomato Curry
Recipe for this kurma is from a Telugu cooking show. The original recipe had double the amopunt of cashews, coconut and poppy seeds used. But I lightened it up and used much less to make it a little more healthy, but without compromising on the taste. Addition of mint and cilantro makes the dish serve fresh and tasty.
I made a simple vegetable pulao with brown rice and it makes for a filling and delicious meal. It can be served with roti or paratha too.
Ingredients: Serves 2~3
Cherry Tomatoes - 1cup
Onion - 1 small, finely chopped
Green chilies - 2, slit
Ginger+garlic paste - 1tsp
Cashews - 3tbsp
Dry grated coconut - 2tbsp
Poppy seeds - 2tbsp
Yogurt - 3tbsp, whisked
Turmeric - ¼cup 
Red Chili powder - ½tsp (adjust as per taste)
Ground Coriander -  ½tsp
Garam Masala -  ½tsp
Mint leaves - 2tbsp, finely chopped
Cilantro leaves - 3tbsp, finely chopped
Cloves - 2
Cardamom pods - 2
Cinnamon stick - 1" stick
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Salt - to taste

  • Chop few of the tomatoes in half and make a slit in the remaining.
  • Dry roast cashews, dry grated coconut and poppy seeds until lightly golden. Cool and grind to a smooth paste adding just enough water.
  • Heat 2tbsp oil and 1tbsp butter in a pan, add cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and cumin seeds. Add onions, green chilies and ginger+garlic paste. Saute until onions turn lightly browned around the edges.
  • Add the cashew-coconut paste, turmeric and salt. Cook for 2~3 minutes.
  • Next add the cherry tomatoes and salt.
  • Cover and cook till the tomatoes start to burst and get tender, about 5~6 minutes.
  • Next add the whisked yogurt, ground coriander, garam madala, chopped mint and cilantro. Cook for 3~4 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with rice or roti. I served with brown rice pilaf.
Cherry Tomato Curry

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 55.


  1. Cherry tomato kurma looks stunning.Very nice clicks..

  2. A perfect accompaniment with pulao.

  3. delicious looking kurma..perfect with pulav..

  4. Love your cherry tomato recipe collection. Inspires me to use them in stuff other than pizzas! Will try this for sure!

  5. Wow I love your cherry tomatoes..are these from your backyard too?..delicious recipe..


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