Patcha thakkali kootu

Green Tomatoes taste good before they are ripened and can be used as a main ingredient. Cooking that with Indian spices and lentils makes a tastier side-dish.

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Preparation Time : 5 mins

Cooking Time : 10-15 mins

Serves : Family of four

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Main Ingredient : Vegetables
Recipe Type : Dinner Lunch

Ingredients :


  • Green tomatoes - 200g or 4
  • Mung dal - 75g or 1/3 of a teacup
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Dry red chilli - 1 for medium spicy and 2 for very spicy
  • Grated coconut - 1 tblsp
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few (optional)
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Water - as required

Method :
  1. Rinse the dal and drain it.

  2. Chop the vegetables into 2cm cubes.

  3. ** Heat a pressure cooker pan on the stove.

  4. ** Add dal, about 150ml of water and half the turmeric powder.

  5. ** Cover and pressure cook. Switch off after first whistle and open when the pressure is gone. Do not open the pressure cooker when there is any pressure left.

  6. In a separate pan, cook the vegetable with salt and rest of the turmeric powder.

  7. Grind coconut, fennel seeds and chillies with 1-2 table spoon of water into a smooth paste.

  8. Add the ground mix and cooked dal to the pan of cooked vegetables and let it cook for 1-2 minutes.

  9. Heat a frying pan. Add oil. Season with mustard seeds and curry leaves.

  10. Add this seasoning to the cooked vegetables and dal pan.

  11. Stir and serve.

Notes : Replace dry red chilli with the green chilli if you prefer green chilli. It is suitable for Rice and Sambar, Mung Dhal curry, Rasam, Dhal, Tamarind Egg Curry, Tamarind egg omlette curry or Garlic curry. Please try Spinach and Dhal curry 02, Snake gourd curry or Marrow lentils curry for the variation. Green Tomatoes can be replaced by Marrow/pumpkin/bottle guord/Snake gourd.

Other Names : patchai thakkali kootu


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