Vegan Green Tomato Dal Curry

  • Yield : 4-6
  • Servings : 4-6
  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 60m

Pacha Thakkali is raw tomatoes or green tomatoes, Tamilians makes a wonderful kootu with this vegetable. 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. The mild tartness of this tomatoes makes 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.

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  • 8 Green tomatoes
  • 1/2cup Yellow moong dal (split peas)
  • 1/2tsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida powder
  • Few curry leaves
  • 15 nos Black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp Urad dal
  • 2 tbsp Channadal
  • 1/2 cup Grated coconut


Step 1

Rinse split peas (moong dal) and soak in 2 1/2 cups water for 30 minutes.

Step 2

Heat few drops of oil and roast the following ingredients then grind to a paste (place to one side): 15 nos Black peppercorns, 2 tsp Cumin seeds, 2 tbsp Urad dal, 2 tbsp Channadal, 1/2cup Grated coconut.

Step 3

Heat split peas (dal) and water, with salt and turmeric, until boiling. Reduce heat to medium and cook 15 to 20 minutes, until tender and thickened. Add more water, if necessary, to prevent drying out. mash the cooked dal.

Step 4

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil for tempering, add the mustard seeds (let them pop and crack to release flavour) ,urad dal, asafoetida powder and curry leaves. Immediately add chopped green tomatoes,salt and cook until the tomatoes turns bit mushy.

Step 5

Now add the cooked moongdal, grounded paste, enough water, give a stir. Cook everything in simmer until the veggies gets cooked. Serve warm with rice,rotis or idlies and dosas.

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