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.

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.

This Wednesday I am paired with Suchitra (EC) of Simple Indian Food. 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. Knowing the Blog Hop schedule in advance has tremendous advantage, I planned to kill 2 birds with 1 stone – cover the blog hop wed with Radhika & Suchitra in one go & satisfy V’s hunger pangs.

What I love about South-Indian cuisine is use of minimum oil & plenty of veggies. Keeping this in mind, I promptly shot off a mail to Suchitra. She very helpfully guided me to 3-4 recipes loaded with veggies, out of them 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) –

Recipe Source – Suchitra of Simple Indian Food

Ingredients –

  • 4-5 – Raw Tomatoes, hard
  • 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 Chillies
  • 1/2 tsp – Chana Dal
  • 1/2 tsp – Urad Dal
  • 1-2 tsps – Grated Coconut
  • 1 tsp – Oil

Method –

  1. Pressure cook the dal with salt.
  2. Heat few drops of oil in a wok & roast masala ingredients except coconut.
  3. Once cool, grind to a fine paste along with coconut. Add water if required.
  4. Heat oil in a pan & add mustard seeds, curry leaves & asafoetida.
  5. Slice each tomato into 8 pieces & add in the pan. Add salt & allow tomatoes to cook.
  6. Now add dal & masala paste. Adjust salt if required.
  7. 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.