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Tomato Koottu / Thakkali Koottu

Thakkali (Tomato) Koottu is one of my favorite dishes from my Mom. Though I like every single dish my mom prepares, this one is always my special dish. I’d asked my sister to let me know the recipe and she had sent a recorded voice message from my mom and sent me in whatsapp! haha… If this had happened two years ago I might have talked in favor of gadgets in Neeya Naana (a Tamil talk show) in which I’d actually spoken against gadgets. 😀

As I didn’t cook beyond five standard dishes with slight variations, I’d decided it’s high time for me to try something new and so is this Koottu 😀 It will take 45 minutes to cook it. Here is the recipe, if you like to give it a try!

Necessary items:

1. Tomato (6-8 depends on size of Tomato and number of people) – I used 8 tomatoes for a count of 4.

2. Kadalai paruppu (Bengal Gram)

3. Payatham paruppu or Paasi Paruppu (Green Gram )

4. Uluttham paruppu (Black Gram)

5. Curry Leaves, Chilly, Coriander Leaves, Mustard, grated coconut

Pre-Cooking steps:

1. Cut the tomatoes into small pieces

2. Steam Bengal gram and Green gram together in pressure cooker upto 6 whistles

Cooking steps:

3. Saute Mustard, chilly (cut it small), curry leaves, bengal gram and black gram until it turns brown

4. Mix the cut tomato in pan with the above and stir it frequently for 15-20 minutes until the fresh tomato smell fades away

5. Add necessary salt, little turmeric & a tea spoon of Sambhar powder

6. Once fresh tomato smell has gone, mix the steamed bengal & green gram in the pan and stir it

7. Add grated coconut and coriander leaves (if not readily available it’s ok to skip coriander leaves) and stir for 5 minutes.

8. oh! that’s it… only 5 steps to cook.

9. Comment here after you’d tried it 🙂

It came very well for me and it tasted just like my mom’s preparation 🙂

Check out this video as well 🙂


Tomato Thokku/Thakkali Thokku

haha… never thought I would make such a post. Just a try! Ever since I came to US, I miss the varieties of food my mom use to prepare and some food items which she prepares specially for me. Every weekend my mom use to prepare a different type of food mix which I use for the whole week in Bangalore where I used to stay.

Though my room mates makes a varieties of food everyday in their turn, which makes me feel like I’m at home, It’s been 4 months since I came here and started feeling about the varieties of food items my mom makes for me.

One of the simplest and easiest preparation is Thokku. I’d asked my mom when I called her and asked about the preparation steps. I’d said ‘oh.. ok.. ok…’ for all the steps she said and didn’t do on the say I’d called her. Then I thought to make it after 4 days & the sad part is I’d forgot what all she said 😀

Again called today and asked the same steps & I gave it a try. The taste is 70% close to what my mom makes. Just for a timepass took photos and videos of what I’d prepared. This thokku will taste very good with Dosa, Idly, Chappathi, all Upma varieties, with curd rice and it’ll be very good with white rice.

Thokku will serve good for a week without keeping it in refrigerator & if climate is not so hot.

Incase if you want to try, here are the simple steps to make this mouth watering Thakkali Thokku.

1. 5-6 Tomatos

2. Salt

3. Red Chilly

4. Tamarind (if you’re using Tamarind paste, use 1/2 spoon for 6 tomatos, That’s what I used 😀 )

5. Mustard

6. Asafoetida

7. Sunflower oil

4 simple steps for preparation

1. Grind the Red chilly, salt & Tamarind together

2. Mix Tomato with this and grind again (Don’t add water)

3. On a Pan, add more oil and saute mustard and asafoetida

4. Mix the grind-ed tomato in the pan and boil it for 25 minutes. (stir frequently)

5. Wash your plates & get ready to eat.

Here is the video…. Leave a comment if you liked it.