Sev Tamatar ki Sabji | Sev Tameta Nu Shaak

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A shaak is a type of a vegetable preparation or sabji in Gujarati cuisine. There are many shaak variations that are found across the different regions in Gujarat itself. Most of them are easy to prepare and simple recipes. Just like this Sev Tameta Nu Shaak which is an all-time favorite of this particular community. This is basically a Sev Tamatar ki Sabji which is a sweet, spicy and tangy tomato curry generously topped with crispy Sev. This one surely is a super quick recipe too, yet is a 10/10 in flavors and textures.

sev tamatar ki sabji garnished with sev and coriander leaves and served in a white bowl with text layovers.

About Sev Tamatar ki Sabji

Translating the Gujarati Sev Tameta Nu Shaak in English would simply mean a delicious tomato (tameta) curry preparation with sev (tiny, crispy, fried, spiced gram flour vermicelli).

The Gujarati word ‘nu’ means ‘of.’ So, put together, it becomes a curry of tomatoes and sev and thus Sev Tamatar ki Sabji in Hindi.

Since the time I had started blogging, I had been getting a lot of requests to post the recipe of this particular Sev Tamatar Sabji. In fact, one of my readers also requested for a dhaba style version of this dish.

However, what I have posted here is a simple no onion, no garlic recipe. This is an easy-peasy, no frills curry recipe that gets done in about 20 to 25 minutes.

This Sev Tamatar ki Sabji is absolutely brilliant, especially because of the sev that adds heaps of flavor and texture to the dish. If you live outside India, you can easily purchase it from an Indian grocery or Indian sweet shop or can order online as well.

sev for sev tameta nu shaak.

The variety of sev that I have added in this Gujarati Sev Tamatar Sabji is a slightly thicker than the fine sev variety that we use for chaat dishes like Sev Puri, Bhel Puri, etc. But do use a slightly thicker variety of sev as the thinner ones may dissolve in the curry.

The sev need to hold shape and should not dissolve or disintegrate in the sabji. You can even use the gathiya to make this dish. Gathiya is thicker and spiced with carom seeds which will give a different taste then sev.

Sev Tameta Nu Shaak tastes fab with bajra roti, soft phulka or chapati. You can even relish the lovely flavors of this sabzi with some simple, comforting Thepla or bread slices.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Sev Tamatar ki Sabji

1. The recipe contains not many ingredients. Basically chopped tomatoes, ginger and green chilies. Tomatoes form the main base of this curry.

chopped tomatoes, chopped ginger and chopped green chilies for making sev tamatar sabji.

Sauté Spices

2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds and let them crackle on low heat.

crackling mustard seeds in hot oil in a pan for making sev tamatar sabji.

3. Then, add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and sauté for a few seconds or till they change color and splutter.

cumin seeds added to the pan for making sev tamatar sabji.

4. Next, add 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger, ½ teaspoon finely chopped green chilies and a pinch of asafoetida (hing).

Stir and sauté on low heat for 10 to 15 seconds or till the raw aroma of ginger goes away.

finely chopped ginger, finely chopped green chilies and asafoetida added to the pan for making sev tamatar sabji.

Make Sev Tamatar ki Sabji

5. Add 1.5 cups of chopped or finely chopped tomatoes.

chopped tomatoes added to the pan for making sev tamatar sabji.

6. Stir and then add below listed spice powders:

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder

To make the dish more spicy, you can add up to ½ teaspoon red chili powder.

spice powders added to the tomatoes in the pan.

7. Stir and mix. Sauté for a minute on low heat.

sautéing tomato mixture in the pan for making sev tamatar sabji.

8. Then, add ¾ teaspoon sugar and salt as required.

sugar and salt added to tomato mixture.

9. Stir and sauté. You have to stir a few times so that the tomatoes get cooked evenly.

sautéing tomato mixture.

10. Sauté till the tomatoes soften and become mushy.

sautéing tomato mixture.

11. Then, add ½ cup water.

water added to tomato mixture.

12. Stir to combine evenly.

water stirred well with the tomato mixture.

13. Bring the Sev Tamatar Sabji to a simmer on low to medium heat. Switch off the heat and check the taste.

Add more salt and sugar, if required. You can make the curry thicker, if you prefer.

simmering sev tameta nu shaak.

14. When done, pour the curry in a serving bowl.

cooked tomato curry in a bowl.

15. Sprinkle sev all over on and serve immediately. Add sev just before serving or else it will get soggy. Also garnish with coriander leaves.

Since we prefer the crispiness of the sev, I have added them while serving. If you want, you can add the sev when the tomato gravy is done and cook for a minute or two.

tomato curry topped with sev.

16. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve Sev Tamatar ki Sabji with Phulka or Chapati or Bajra Roti or Jowar Roti.

sev tameta nu shaak garnished with sev and coriander leaves and served in a white bowl.

Expert Tips

  1. The recipe is made without onion and garlic. You can opt to add both onion and garlic if you prefer. Adding these two ingredients will change the taste and flavor of the shaak.
  2. You can always make this dish spicier by increasing the quantity of green chili and/or red chili powder.
  3. Once the tamatar sabji is cooked, adjust the salt and sugar, if needed. You can even make the consistency thicker, if you wish.
  4. To enjoy the crispiness of the sev, sprinkle it on the tomato shaak just before serving, or else it will get soggy. Instead of sev, you can also use gathiya. The gathiya can be mixed with the curry.
  5. Use tomatoes that are overly sour or too tangy. A bit of sweetness in the tomatoes is preferred. If the curry becomes very tangy, increase the sugar by a bit.
  6. You can also opt to use jaggery instead of sugar. Add jaggery according to your taste preferences.

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sev tameta nu shaak recipe

Sev Tamatar ki Sabji | Sev Tameta nu Shaak

Called Sev Tamatar ki Sabji in Hindi and Sev Tameta nu Shaak in Gujarati, this spicy, tangy, sweet tomato curry is topped with sev (fried, crispy, gram flour vermicelli). This recipe is made without onion and garlic.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine Gujarati
Course Main Course
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 3
Units

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups tomatoes – finely chopped or chopped, or about 250 to 275 grams
  • 1 teaspoon ginger – finely chopped, or about ¾ inch ginger, peeled & finely chopped
  • 1 green chili chopped or ½ teaspoon, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 pinch asafoetida
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder – to make spicy add ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • ¾ teaspoon sugar or add as required
  • ¾ cup Sev – slightly thick variety, can add sev as required
  • ½ cup water or add as required
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander (cilantro), for garnish
  • salt as required

Instructions
 

  • First rinse and then finely chop the tomatoes, ginger and green chilli.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and crackle them on low heat.
  • Then add cumin seeds and sauté till they change color. This takes a few seconds.
  • Then add chopped ginger, green chilies and asafoetida. Stir and saute on low heat for 10 to 12 seconds or until the raw aroma of ginger goes away.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes.
  • Stir to mix. Add the spice powders – turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and cumin powder.
  • Mix very well. Sauté for a minute on low heat. Then add salt as required and sugar.
  • Mix and continue to sauté. You have to stir a few times so that the tomatoes get cooked evenly.
  • Sauté on low to medium heat till the tomatoes soften and become pulpy or mushy.
  • Then add water. Stir to combine.
    You can make the curry more thick also, if you prefer, by adding less water.
  • Bring the tomato curry to a simmer. Turn off the heat and check the taste. Add more salt and sugar if required.
  • When done, pour the tomato curry or sabzi in serving bowl/bowls.
  • Sprinkle sev evenly all over on top of the curry.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve the Sev Tamatar ki Sabji or Sev Tameta nu Shaak with phulka, chapati or methi thepla or bajra roti.

Notes

  • Instead of sev, you can use gathiya. If you add gathiya, then mix it with the curry or gravy. 
  • Use fresh, ripe, juicy, red tomatoes that are not very tangy. A slight sweetness in the tomatoes is preferred for this curry. If in case the curry becomes very sour, then increase the amount of sugar.
  • You can also use jaggery instead of sugar. If you are not a fan of sweet taste in the curry, feel free to omit adding the sugar. 
  • For a spicy curry, increase the amount of green chillies and red chilli powder. 
  • I have not added onion and garlic, but you can add these two ingredients. 

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Sev Tamatar ki Sabji | Sev Tameta nu Shaak
Amount Per Serving
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 2193mg95%
Potassium 1359mg39%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 22g92%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 18235IU365%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.2mg13%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 7mg35%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Vitamin E 23mg153%
Vitamin K 70µg67%
Calcium 215mg22%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 29µg7%
Iron 11mg61%
Magnesium 102mg26%
Phosphorus 203mg20%
Zinc 3mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Sev Tamatar ki Sabji from the archives first published on December 2014 has been republished and updated in January 2023.

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  1. Very nice, I was looking for no onion no garlic recipes and I found it. Awesome recipe good taste. send more recipes which takes no time in preparing

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