10 Curry Recipes without Tomatoes

5 Jul

Sometimes the universe sends you many little signals nudging you towards a certain action.

Last month I was swapping recipes with a colleague for quick lunchbox ideas when she asked: "Don’t you make anything at all without tomatoes?" I had been describing to her my red capsicum curry. Her remark made me pause and reflect. Yes, I am partial to tomatoes.

When I go to the grocery store, I pick and choose vegetables depending on whatever I plan to make over the next few days. Tomatoes are exempt from this ritual. At the tomato stall I pop in a dozen in my basket without a thought. I did the same last month. When the time came to pay the bill, I got a shock. Tomatoes were Rs.70/- a kilo!

Yesterday, I met an old friend who is on a thyroid treatment that advises avoiding tomatoes.

I HAVE to turn to recipes without tomatoes.

Luckily, an assortment of “no tomatoā€¯ recipes is right here on The Steaming Pot. If you too are looking for Indian curry recipes without tomatoes, try…

Aloo Mooli Kadhi Aloo Mooli Kadhi: Potato Radish Sticks in Gramflour Curry
Okra with Ginger Coriander Sesame Okra with Ginger, Coriander, Sesame Seeds and Olive Oil
Paneer Butter Masala Paneer Butter Masala
Stuffed Baby Eggplant in Peanut Sesame Sauce Stuffed Baby Eggplant in Peanut Sesame Sauce
Palak Paneer Palak Paneer
Methi Chhole: Fenugreek Leaves and Chickpeas Methi Chhole: Fenugreek Leaves and Chickpeas
Easy Cheesy Zucchini Easy Cheesy Zucchini
Nenua Chana: Sponge Gourd with Chana Dal Nenua Chana: Sponge Gourd with Chana Dal
Aloo Posto: Potatoes in Poppy Seed Paste Aloo Posto: Potatoes in Poppy Seed Gravy
Dahi Arbi Dahi Arbi: Colocasia in Yogurt Sauce


Check out the other round-up posts on The Steaming Pot: 7 Must-Try Potato Recipes for Dinner, 10 No Onion No Garlic Recipes, 7 Indian Meal Ideas for Vegetarians.

7 Responses to “10 Curry Recipes without Tomatoes”

  1. Rhonda December 13, 2016 at 5:00 AM #

    Thanks for the recipes! They look great!

    By the way, you can make curry without tomato. Before tomato was introduced to India, Tamarind was the base. Just thought I’d let you know. :)

    • p February 28, 2017 at 11:49 AM #

      I use that trick too but I find I don’t get the bulk and so I have to chop extra onions. I can’t eat tomatoes – so sad.

  2. p February 28, 2017 at 11:47 AM #

    I have tomato besan corn soya mushroom baingan fish wheat allergies. Sometimes drastic things happen. So thanks.

  3. Sowmya July 29, 2017 at 7:17 AM #

    Thanks for the recipe list. It’s costing an arm and a leg to buy tomatoes here in Bangalore.

    • S July 29, 2017 at 8:23 AM #

      Hi Sowmya, Glad you found it useful. Pretty much the same elsewhere in the country too. Someone from Patna sent me this on WhatsApp ;)

      Tomatoes Costly

  4. Vinita Tripathi October 26, 2017 at 4:35 PM #

    My daughter is undergoing a treatment that does not allow her to eat any tomato, yogurt or mango powder or any khatta for that matter. It is really challenging to cook without khatta.
    Although traditional cooking like nenua chana or, dum aloo would not use tomato. I guess it more the influence from North.

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