Tomato Palya

MIL is not just a sweet person but also a super cook. I have always wondered how her signature dishes taste consistently awesome every time she makes them, anytime, anywhere! Me..I get lost if I do not find my measuring cups and spoons :)
This time around I measured all the ingredients so as to never go wrong.
Honey adores Tomato Palya. I like it too. It goes very well with Chapatis and a dollop of ghee. 

We will need,
Tomatoes (Plum or the Jamoon variety )    3 large
Onion                                                        2 large
Oil                                                            4 tbsp
Green Chillies                                            4-5
Channa Dal                                                1 tsp
Urad Dal                                                    1 tsp
Curry leaves                                               a handful
Sugar                                                         1 tsp
Huli Pudi / Sambar Powder                        2 tsp
Mustard Seeds                                           1/4  tsp
Cumin                                                        1/4 tsp
Hing                 a dash
Salt  to taste

  • Dice tomatoes and onions roughly. Slit the green chillies.
  • Heat oil a Wok. Throw in the mustard seeds, cumin and the hing. Once they splutter, add the channa dal and urad dal. Saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Now add the curry leaves and green chillies. Stir for a minute and add the onions. 
  • Once the onions are translucent, about 5-8 minutes add the tomatoes with their juice.  Toss in a pinch of salt. Cook covered for 5-10 minutes.
  • Now add the Huli Pudi and sugar and mix well. 
  • Cover and cook till the tomatoes are soft. Most often than not tomatoes are juicy and does not need additional water to cook but if the mixture becomes dry before the tomatoes are done add half a cup of water.
  • Once the tomatoes are done, adjust salt and serve hot with fresh chapatis.


Pushpa said...

Tomato palya looks delicious...

Lakshmi said...

Tomato palya anytime with chapathi or rice tastes good. It looks delish in the picture.

Hari Chandana P said...

Tomato Palya looks so tempting and perfect.. thanks for sharing dear !!

Unknown said...

Drooling here. Superb photography i must say. Very tempting.One of my favorites

Chitra said...

My mom makes this but she add red chilly powder instead of sambhar podi. wil try ur version :)

Sudhir R said...

Good Shot again!! Looks invinting, We have our version of this called tomato Chuteny, goes well with Bagare ki Kichadi.

Pavani said...

Palya looks amazing. So simple to make, yet soo delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Nisha said...

Sounds yum

AJ said...

I sometimes make this tomato chutney to go with parathas!!

Recipeswap said...

Tomato palya looks delicious,longtime sice i made it.

Kannada Cuisine said...

Thanks folks..

Someone said...

i didnt see the current cook time, or should i eye ball it?

Kannada Cuisine said...

@Chris...just eye ball it...should not be more than 15 minutes..

Unknown said...

Please post the recipe for Huli Pudi/Sambar Pudi.. I searched the blog and I could not find any recipe for that..

Unknown said...

I love tomato palya, will try tonight thank you :)


buday said...

I ve this bookmarked , follow it every time . It is a nice recipe ( tsps of oil could be reduced )