Friday, February 24, 2012

Thakkali Kai Kootu-Green Tomato Kootu Recipe

Thakkali Kai Kootu is prepared with raw tomatoes (nattu variety) or unripe tomatoes. It is a great accompaniment with rice. This is my mother-in-law's recipe, so naturally it is my husband's favorite. Today let us learn how to make green tomato kootu following our easy green tomato kootu recipe.

Thakkali kai kootu-Green Tomato Kootu(use green tomatoes and not half ripe which I have used for tomato decoration)

Thakkali Kai kootu Recipe

Prep time - under 15 min
Cook time -
under 15 min
Serves -4

Ingredients needed

Raw tomatoes or green tomatoes - 1/2 kg (500 grams)
Tur dal - 1/3 cup
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Salt as required

Fry and grind

Oil - 1 tsp
Bengal gram (kadalai paruppu) - 1 tbsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Red chillies - 4-5
Raw rice - 1/2 tsp (used for thickening)
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup

For the seasoning

Oil -1 tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Hing - a pinch
Red chilli - 1
Curry leaves- few


Cut each tomato into 8 pieces and keep it aside.

Pressure cook dal with a pinch of turmeric powder till soft. Mash it well.

Heat a tsp of oil, fry bengal gram, coriander seeds, red chilli, raw rice till dal turns golden brown.Then add grated coconut and fry for a few more minutes. After it cools, grind it to a smooth paste with little water and keep it aside.


In a pan, add tomatoes, turmeric powder, needed salt and just enough water to cover the tomatoes. Cook tomatoes till soft.

Then add the grounded paste, cooked dal and bring it to boil.

Season with the ingredients mentioned under seasoning. Check for salt.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice.


  1. Very nice kootu, have been wanting to try this and of course, always the moms recipe is the husband's favorite..

  2. nice yummy kootu! like the funny tomato face too :)

  3. I have a feeling that i'm going to love this one even more! Can't wait to try it this kootu!

  4. I have had this as masiyal, never as kootu.. good one again padhu :)

  5. nice in laws recipe has to be the hubby fav.....its a fact of life!

  6. this looks awesome n delicious......


  7. never cooked with green tomato.. looks yummy

  8. This looks very tasty! I am sure it is a crowd pleaser!

  9. Never made dal with green tomatoes..looks yumm

  10. This sounds so yummy, and that tomato looks so cute!

  11. This kootu looks so flavourful and delicious.

  12. Please let me know how this receipe can be prepared without coconut

    1. You can skip the coconut and add another 1 tsp of rice or rice flour.

  13. Fantastic. Always wanted to do this, finally got to it.


Thank you for dropping by my blog.Hope you enjoyed reading the recipes.Your feedback and comments are appreciated. Comments with links to external sites will be deleted.