Tuesday 8 October 2013

Pacha Thakkali Kootu/Thakkali Kaai Kootu/Green Tomato Kootu

Pacha Thakkali is raw tomatoes or green tomatoes, we Tamilians makes a wonderful kootu with this vegetable. Whenever the green tomatoes shows their heads in our home garden, my mom make this delicious and fingerlicking kootu. Kootu is a South Indian semi gravy like accompaniment served usually with rice.This dish is usually made with vegetable,lentils and spices-coconut paste. I rarely get this pacha thakkali here and this time when i went to Indian groceries,i got few super fresh raw tomatoes, back home i prepared this delicious kootu . The mild tartness of this tomatoes make this kootu seriously very delicious.

This kootu will have sourness and spiciness together and goes awesome with rice.I used black peppercorns for a mild spiciness to this kootu, if you want it more spicy you can also add dry red chillies and deduce the amount of black peppercorns.Personally i love to have this kootu with idlies and dosas, especially this kootu goes awesome with crispy dosas, my favourite combination. If you are making this kootu with pacha thakkali, serve this dish with a spicy side dish like potato roast or egg roast, am sure you will definitely  have a satisfy meal.

4nos Green tomatoes (country tomatoes)
1/4cup Yellow moong dal
1/4tsp Turmeric powder
1/2tsp Mustard seeds
1/2tsp Urad dal
1/4tsp Asafoetida powder
Few curry leaves

To roast & grind:
10nos Black peppercorns
1tsp Cumin seeds
1tbsp Urad dal
1tbsp Channadal
1/4cup Grated coconut

Heat few drops of oil and roast every ingredients given under the list 'to roast and grind'.

Grind it as fine paste and keep aside.

Meanwhile cook the moongdal with turmeric powder in a pressure cooker until 3whistles, once the pressure gets released, mash the cooked dals.

Heat enough oil for tempering, let crack the mustard seeds,urad dal, asafoetida powder and curry leaves.

Add immediately chopped green tomatoes,salt and cook until the tomatoes turns bit mushy.

Now add the cooked moongdal, grounded paste, enough water, give a stir.

Cook everything in simmer until the veggies gets cooked.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

my mom used to make this with fresh tomatoes from our garden... almost forgot these kind of wonderful recipes :(