Raw Tomato Dal (Kootu)

Raw Tomato Dal is one of my favourite dishes. This is an excellent side dish for chapatis. Needless to say, this dal goes well with rice too.

Ingredients: (Translation)
Raw Tomatoes- 4-5(big)
Moong Dal- 1 cup
Mustard seeds- 1 spoon
Curry leaves- 5-6

For masala paste:
Dhania -1 spoon
Red chillies- 1-2 as per taste
Chana dal- 1/2 spoon
Udad dal-1/2 spoon
Coconut- 1-2 spoons (Optional)

Pressure cook the moong dal. Take about 2-3 drops of oil and roast the masala ingredients (except coconut). Grind to a fine paste in the mixie after adding coconut and sufficient water. Heat a spoon of oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafotedia. Cut each raw tomato into 8 equal pieces and add in the kadai. Please note that we are cutting big pieces since tomatoes lose water and shrink on being cooked. Add salt to the tomatoes and let them get cooked. Finally, add in the cooked moong dal, salt and the ground paste and let the dal come to a boil. The salt being added here is for the moong dal since we have already cooked the tomatoes with salt. Depending on your chosen consistency, water can be added if the dal is a bit thick. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Few tips for this dish:
1.Select only green tomatoes which are a bit hard.
2.Make this dish within 1-2 days of buying the green tomatoes, else the tomatoes start ripening and the taste of the dish will change.

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Ideasmoney said...

This is my favorite dish.!

Shyam said...

Argh, I'll have to grow my own tomatoes before I get any green ones... got to wait till next year to try this dish! :) I'm bookmarking it.

Asha said...

Excellent! I have plenty of green T's and it's MWed!!Looks yum:))

bee said...

i have so many raw tomatoes, that this recipe is going to be made soon. moong and raw tomatoes has gotta be a great combo. thanks.

Happy cook said...

I can never get raw tomtoes so it just drooling in your picture is the best option.

Pooja V said...

fantastic recipe; Best way to combine moong n tomatoes !

Suganya said...

I love raw tomatoes. They naturally add the tang dal needs. The spice combination sounds great! I have never tried dhania with raw tomatoes.

Jyothi said...

wow! even here I will get more green tomatoes. Looks great. Very soon I will try this. Thanks for sharing.

Timepass said...

Thks all. I did not expect such a response to this recipe.

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