Raw Tomato Dal (Kootu)

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Raw Tomato Dal (Kootu) is a recipe made by combining a coconut based paste with cooked dal. Variations to dal are native to various parts of India, this one is a variation from Southern India.

The recipes of Panchmel Dal, Dal Makhani and Split Moong Dal Pakora Curry – Taazi Mangori are some recipes of dal from different parts of India.

As I rambled in coconut rice post, when in Rome behave like Romans, so when my partner was another South Indian I choose to expand my skills with another of their delicacy.

What I love about South-Indian cuisine is use of minimum oil & plenty of veggies. I chose Raw Tomato Dal as I thought it will go well with Coconut Rice. If I erred in combining the 2 then please excuse me women.

Raw Tomato Dal (Kootu)
Raw Tomato Dal (Kootu)

Raw Tomato Dal (Kootu)

Raw Tomato Dal (Kootu) is a recipe made by combining a coconut based paste with cooked dal. Variations to dal are native to various parts of India, this one is a variation from Southern India.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4

Ingredients

for the dal (kootu)

  • 4-5 raw tomatoes
  • 1 cup split moong dal
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • a pinch asafoetida

for masala paste

  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1-2 red chilies
  • ½ tsp chana dal
  • ½ tsp urad dal
  • 1-2 tsp grated coconut
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

Instructions

for the masala paste

  • Heat few drops of oil in a wok & roast masala ingredients except coconut.
  • Once cool, grind to a fine paste along with coconut. Add water if required.Heat oil in a pan & add mustard seeds, curry leaves & asafoetida.

for the dal

  • Pressure cook the dal with salt.
  • Slice each tomato into 8 pieces & add in the pan. Add salt & allow tomatoes to cook.
  • Now add dal & masala paste. Adjust salt if required.
  • Adjust consistency as required. I made it little thinner as we were going to have it with Coconut Rice.
Raw Tomato Dal (Kootu)
Raw Tomato Dal (Kootu)

It was a lovely combination of Raw Tomato Dal & Coconut Rice. Thank you ladies for introducing me to such lovely dishes.

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  1. Nice and healthy kootu

  2. I love this for lunch, yummy!

  3. yummy looking kootu and like u said hearty, healthy n comforting !

  4. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal says:

    wow, that is very new, never cooked with green tomatoes before, so a good one to start with :)

  5. healthy delicious and always welcome dal :)

  6. Yummm…Healthy, delicious, comforting :))
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  7. wow! its yummy tasty no words to tell

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