Friday, November 11, 2011

Thakkali kootu (Tamatar Subzi)

      This tomato side dish goes well with dosa, iddly, chappathi, poori or it can be used as a salad. This is my husband's favourite side dish.
thakkali chutney
Thakkali kootu/tamatar subzi
1      onion (big)chopped.
2       med tomatoes.
3-4   slit  green chillies
1tsp  chili powder .
1/4   tsp turmeric powder.
2      tbs water.
2      tbs oil.
1/4   tsp mustard seeds.
1/4   urud dal.
1tsp lemon juice/tamarind 
salt   to taste.
few   sprigs  coriander leaves.
few   curry leaves.


1. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add mustard seeds and urud dal after the seeds splutter add the onion, curry leaves and green chillies.
2. In low/medium heat fry the onion till it becomes nice golden brown in color.
3. Add chili powder, turmeric powder and salt.
4. Cook till the masala powder combines well with the oil and the onion.
5. Add the tomatoes and fry for few min's, add few spoons of water, lower the stove's heat and cover the pan for  few minutes.
6. After the tomato gets cooked and the oil starts coming out, stir it and check for salt.
7. Add lemon juice/tamarind paste.
8. Garnish with cilantro/coriander leaves.

Tips for taste:

In some parts in South Tamilnadu (India) and in Srilanka people add a dry fish powder called maasi/maldives fish powder, that takes this dish to another level. As far as i know we can still get this fish in tuticorin. This recipe is without that fish-pure vegetarian ingredients.                                                              

If the seeds of the green chilis are removed it'll get milder.

tomato kootu
tomato chutney

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