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tomato fry kerala style recipe

Tomato Fry Side Dish For Chapathi & Poori

Tomato fry is a quick, easy and delicious South Indian Kerala style dish which you can enjoy as a side dish with chapathi, poori etc.
You can make this dish spicy or you can make it mildly spicy if you wish.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword tomato fry
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 236kcal


  • 1 onion
  • 4 tomatoes medium sized
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tbsp freshly crushed ginger
  • 2 teaspoons garlic (freshly crushed or powdered)
  • 1 green chilies sliced lengthwise
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper ground or powder

For Seasoning

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (or little more as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • 4 dry red chilies broken
  • curry leaves a few


  • To make the tomato fry, first peel and slice the onions, keep aside.
  • Chop the tomatoes in medium sized pieces (don't chop them into small pieces) and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a large pan and add mustard seeds.
  • When the mustard seeds splutter, fry the broken red chilies and curry leaves (make sure there is no water in the leaves) for a few seconds.
  • Add the sliced onions and saute for few minutes until the onions are transparent in color or lightly browned for best results.
  • Add salt, ginger, garlic and sliced green chili, saute for another 1 more minute.
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes and little more salt and mix everything well.
  • Cook in low to medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are lightly cooked and the juice from the tomatoes start to come. We do not cook this dish more than this, as we need the dish to be a dry dish without gravy, so we just need the tomatoes to be cooked and we can stop cooking at this point.
  • Add a little more oil to the dish if needed, stir everything gently and switch off the stove. Keep the pan away from heat we don't want the dish to be overcooked.
  • Sprinkle the black pepper powder (if using) to make it more easy, or you can serve it as it is as a great side dish for chapathi, poori, appam, idiayappam or rice or dosa if you like!


Tomato fry is very delicious when made using fresh tomatoes and green chilies which gives it a spicy and tangy flavor which goes great as a yummy and easy side dish with chapathi or poori. However if you don't want it spicy, you may adjust the spiciness by reducing or avoiding the chilies.


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 391mg | Potassium: 953mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 2905IU | Vitamin C: 170.8mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1.7mg