firstly, prepare the masala by grinding all the ingredients listed for masala paste.
now heat the oil and add in 1 tsp mustard seeds, ½ tsp urad dal, ½ inch cinnamon stick and few curry leaves.
allow to splutter.
furthermore saute in 1 finely chopped onions.
also add in 3 finely chopped tomato and saute well.
saute till the tomatoes turn soft and mushy.
furthermore, add in ½ tsp turmeric, ½ tsp red chilli powder, ½ tsp sugar and salt to taste.
saute till the oil releases from sides.
now add in prepared masala paste and 1 cup water.
mix well and adjust the consistency as required.
further, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or more till the coconut gets cooked well.
finally, add in coriander leaves and serve tomato kurma along with idli, dosa or idliyappam.