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Tomato Gojju - A curry from Karnataka

A spicy sour and sweet curry made using cherry tomatoes, a delicious accompaniment to plain rice. A perfect recipe for a lazy day!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine south indian
Servings 4 serving


  • 3 cups Cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Cooking oil
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek seed
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seed seeds
  • pinch Asafoetida
  • 2 sprigs Curry leaves
  • 3 - 4 dried red chillies
  • 1 - 2 tbsps jaggery Crushed
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1.5 - 2 cups Water


  • Halve the cherry tomatoes. You can leave some of them whole if you wish.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan or kadai.
  • Add the fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and curry leaves. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the asafoetida and red chillies.
  • After sauteeing for few seconds, add the whole and chopped cherry tomatoes, salt, jaggery, rasam powder.
  • Add 1.5 cups water, cover and bring to a simmer.
  • Cook until the tomatoes are softened. Check for seasoning and adjust if required. The end taste must be a balance of spicy, salty and sweet.
  • Remove into a serving bowl and serve hot with steamed rice.


Serve it with steamed rice, or broken wheat along with a dry vegetable dish.
If you don't have cherry tomatoes, use regular tomatoes, quartered.
Check the other veg recipes from Karnataka on Saffron Trail:

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