In every corner of the world, food brings families together. It transforms strangers into friends, inspires traditions, and heals from the inside out.

We have asked our friends in India to share the recipes for some of their favorite dishes. Read on, and you will learn how to make tomato curry, shared by Julia, a dear friend of Rising Star Outreach and the wife of one of our incredible employees in India. The smell of this meal often lures her two children into the kitchen in the morning. Her husband helped her perfect this recipe, drawing inspiration from his childhood memories of his own mother preparing the same breakfast.

simple Indian recipe for tomato curry


4 tbsp of vegetable oil
1/4 tbsp of mustard seeds
7-8 curry leaves*
1 green chili
3 medium sized red onions
3 medium sized tomatoes
2 tablespoons of masala or chili powder
1/2 cup of water
salt to taste
*if you can’t find whole curry leaves in your local grocery store, you can order some here!



1. Heat the oil in a pan on medium-high heat.
2. To the heated oil, add the mustard seeds, green chili (cut in half), curry leaves (leave whole), and the onions (finely chopped).
3. Stir occasionally and cook until the onion turns golden brown.
4. Add the tomatoes (finely chopped) and cook them on medium heat until they are soft and slightly smash them.
5. Add the masala (or chili powder) and stir to incorporate.
6. After a few minutes, add the water and continue cooking at a low simmer until the curry reduces and the oil comes to the surface
7. Add salt to your taste

Tomato is undoubtedly the star of this dish, but it shines thanks to the aromatic Indian spices. Tomato curry is enjoyed with dosa, chapati, rice, or idly. Speaking of idly, click here to read an inspiring short story that involves an idly breakfast! 

We are excited for you to enjoy this taste of India! We will continue to share recipes in the hopes that you gather around the table with the people you love and think about your friends in India who happily and eagerly share these recipes with you. While the world is large, the space between us doesn’t have to be.

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