Thakallikai Kootu is a South Indian Dal main course dish that is prepared with unripe tomato. Its spicy as well as tangy . Very simple dish that requires exactly 25 minutes to prepare and cook.
While you pressure cook the moong dal , chop the tomatoes into quarters and prepare the kootu paste. This kootu paste requires a tablespoon of homemade Rasam powder / satthumadhu podi , you can also use add store bought rasam powder or sambar powder .The time taken to pressure cook the dal and to release the pressure will take about 12-15 minutes and the time taken to cook the entire dish will take about another 10 minutes. Thus the total time taken will be 25 minutes.
|Unripe tomato||300-400 grams|
|Cooked moong dal||1-2 cups|
For the paste
|Toor dal||2 tbsps|
|Saathumadhu podi / rasam powder||1 tbsp|
|dry red chillies||4|
|Grated coconut||2 tbsps|
|Ghee/ clarified butter||1 tsp|
|Ghee / clarified butter||1 tsp|
|Mustard seeds||1 tsp|
|White urad daal||1 tsp|
- Pressure cook the moong dal with required amount of water up to 4 whistles . Add little turmeric to this.
- Take a kadaai , and add a tablespoon of oil , and all the ingredients given under “for the paste” , except coconut and rasam powder and saute them until they turn golden brown. While adding salt add it wisely , because we add salt to cook the tomatoes too.
- Take a blender jar and add the roasted ingredients with grated coconut and rasam powder , add little water and grind it to a smooth paste.
- Take a vessel / pot , keep it on low flame . Add 1 1/2 cups of water and add the chopped tomatoes . Add little salt.
- This takes about 6-7 minutes to cook. Stir the tomatoes while cooking them , do not mash them.
- Check if the tomatoes are cooked. Insetr a knife in one of the pices and see if it goes in easily , in that case the tomatoes are cooked.
- Now add the cooked dal to this and stir.
- Now add the ground paste to this and stir. Allow it to boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Take the same kadaai used to roast the ingredients for the paste for tempering. Add all the ingredients given under “tempering”.
- Add this tempering to the kootu.
- Serve it hot with plain white rice.
Do not cook the dal and tomatoes together , as the tomatoes will be mashed to a pulp. This dish requires the tomatoes to be just about tender.
I sometimes pressure cook 1 handful of toor dal and moong dal and make this kootu , which is also equally tasty and you can also have the goodness of 2 different dals.