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Green Tomato dal – paccha thakkali kootu

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One of the best dishes from Southern USA that we have enjoyed is ‘fried Green tomatoes’. This compares to the ‘bajji’ of Southern India where we slice vegetables and dip them in a chickpea batter and deep fry. We make potatoes, plantains, onions, eggplant etc.

Southern Fried Green tomatoes are batter fried, slices of fresh green tomatoes. It is the perfect accompaniment to afternoon chai 😄

When you grow tomatoes in your garden, there can suddenly be a huge bounty of tomatoes ready to ripen. At this time, its best to consume them before ripening, a.k.a as ‘green tomatoes’. 

Here is one ‘dal’ dish with green tomatoes. A totally unique dal, which is a South Indian recipe. It has ground fresh coconut added along with cooked dal and tomatoes. Channa dal is used in this recipe, since it has a nice chewy bite and does not over-cook. Fresh and juicy Green tomatoes take seconds to wilt down and become soft. This creates the perfect bite – chewy, firm channa dal, with soft sour green tomatoes. Finish off the dish with a puree of coconut ground with peppercorns and cumin to add the flavor and spice. Thats it, this dish comes together very quickly. The only time needed is for the dal to cook. Enjoy this dish with either rice or bread. 

Note- if using frozen coconut, thaw it before grinding 

Check these other south indian vegggie dishes –

South Indian mixed vegetable kurma

Chaote dal

Green Tomato dal

Here is one ‘dal’ dish with green tomatoes. A totally unique dal, which is a South Indian recipe. It has ground fresh coconut added along with cooked dal and tomatoes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Channa dal
  • 3 Green Tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 4 tbsps Coconut grated fresh
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Whole Peppercorns
  • Salt

To Season –

  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad dal

Instructions

  • Cook the channa dal in a saucepan with water
  • Meanwhile grind to a smooth paste with water – coconut, cumin and peppercorns; set aside 
  • Add the diced Tomatoes to the cooked dal and cook for few minutes until soft
  • Add turmeric powder and salt and mix well 
  • Add the ground coconut paste and bring to a very low boil 
    Turn off heat

To Season- 

  • Take a small cast iron pan, add oil, mustard seeds
  • When the mustard crackles, turn off heat, add the urad dal and let it turn golden
  • Add the season to the dal mixture
  • Green Tomato dal is ready to serve

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