Monday, April 6, 2009

Simple Tomato koottu (Thakkali koottu)

Many may be very familiar with a side dish made with tomato. Just posting this for the new chefs and for my record.
This is one of the most simple but delicious dishes made by my mom. I always consider this koottu as my mom's signature dish. Though the version seems so simple, I have never achieved the mom's touch in this koottu.
Whenever my mom ran out of any vegetables in her fridge, then she used to make a simple dhal and this thakkali koottu along with rice. I always love these kind of quick to fix recipes, as they won't demand me to stay in the hot stove for long hours. Just a gentle serving on plain steamed rice can do the magic. Good for a lazy cook. huh:)
A very simple dish but surely a mouthwatering one.

Thakkali koottu.

Ingredients:

Ripen Tomato - 4 (250 gms)
Green chilli - 4
Shallot onion - 6
Shredded coconut - 2 tbsp
salt - to taste
oil - 1 tbsp
mustard seed - 1/2 tsp
cumin seed - 1/4 tsp
curry leaf - 1 brig.

Method:

Chop the onion and tomato very finely and keep separate.
Heat oil in a wok.
Put the mustard seeds and after they crackle add the chopped onion, slitted green chillies, curry leaf . Fry till the onion gets soft. (Not red).
Then add the chopped tomato , 1/2 cup water, salt and cook covered, till the tomato turns mushy.
After the tomato gets cooked completely, add the cumin seeds, shredded coconut and heat for a minute. The consistency should be like a thick curry.
Switch off flame.
Tomato koottu is ready !

Serving suggestions:

Goes well with chapathi , plain rice , curd rice, any sambar rice.
Serves 4 people.
Time taken : 15 minutes.

Note:
The Vine tomato, Indian country tomatoes, cherry tomatoes or plum tomatoes add more taste to this koottu.
But the Bangalore tomato or Roma tomato won't bring the real flavor.

34 comments:

Priya said...

Lovely kootu, would love to have with hot rice n papads...delicious!

Asha said...

I am seeing loads of Tomatoes for cheap these days, it will be bountiful in Summer. Kootu looks yum, will try sometime later! :)

Gita's Kitchen said...

Even I too used to make thakkali kootu for a quick meal, I love this ckootu even for idlis, dosas, and pooris. Your dish looks delicious dear! Adding coconut is new to me, will try out your version soon :)

Subhie Arun said...

lovely kootu and lovely pics too.....thx for sharing...u have wonderful site wth wonderful recipes

Subhie Arun said...

lovely kootu and lovely pics too.....thx for sharing...u have wonderful site wth wonderful recipes

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ARUNA said...

Hmmmmm looks yummm vicky and i'm always game for any dish which has tomatoes. And as u said, this kootu goes well with steamed rice!

Deepa Hari said...

Lovely kootu Viki...looks yum...I am going to try this.

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

well i have done koottu with tomato da..will try out and let u know

Jaishree said...

Even I too used to make thakkali kootu .. Looks delicious viki:)

Malar Gandhi said...

Kootu sounds nice, though simple and easy fix when we ran out of veggies...yet it tastes better, unbeatable!

Ann said...

Tomato koottu looks rich and colorful vicky..love tomatoes in any form

Divya Vikram said...

Looks nice.perfect with idlies n dosas..

Smitha said...

Simple recipe. My sister is a big fan of tomato. She will love this recipe:)

Ann said...

I love this simple curry with hot and ghee rotis ;) totally Yum!

Superchef said...

looks delicious...i made a tomato onion sabzi yesterday for dinner..i didnt add any coconut to it.. maybe i can try your recipe as a side for rice! :)

Cham said...

When I am lazy i do this tokku! Good one

Ushanandini said...

Kootu is lovely! I'd love to eat it with dosai. My mom used to make this for idli.

Priya Sriram said...

Lazy cook? yep, thats me!! :D
This recipe from mom would suit me very well... :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Great looking koottu and simple too... I guess you are making me even lazy ha ha ha...

Varsha Vipins said...

Simple n yum dish..makes a great quick meal with rice..:)

Vandana Rajesh said...

Tomato kootu or tomato curry is a great combination with rice and even for chapati. Yummm...nice blog.

Meenal Mehta said...

looks good Vicky, thanks for sharing:)

Purva Desai said...

Looks ravishing red and tempting

RAKS KITCHEN said...

this is so different and looks good!

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely recipe...

Chitra said...

wow,this thokku is new to me. sounds good.will sure give it a try!!

Madhumathi said...

Yummy kootu..I like to have it with rotis :)

Akal's Saappadu said...

I like thakkali kootu with some main dishes too; it adds a little tangy taste to the meals. we do the same without the coconut;

it might sound simple but when well paired, it ends up delicious!

Premyscakes said...

This one of my fav dish too, my hubby is specialist in this.

Anu said...

I love thakkali kootu!!! Looks very yummy.

Ammu said...

Lovely kootu & my comfort dish too.

veggie belly said...

this sounds so quick and easy to make!

Prathibha said...

first time here.....kootu looks great...