Oct 252015

I don’t like to plan my meals…..its too much effort and time-consuming. I rather start my cooking by standing in front of my refrigerator doors wide open. I then ponder on what to cook with ingredients in my pantry and let my creativity take its shape. I reserve complex and elaborate dishes for holidays as I need to give its due justice by providing the required time in enjoying and savoring the dish rather than rushing through the meal. So most of my everyday meals are quick and easy which is much-needed for the tight schedule we seem to run in my family.


This recipe is one of the many recipes I learnt from my mother-in-law and I make it every now and then. Kootu is a tamil word which means mixed vegetables with lentils and coconut gravy. However, there are exceptions with certain vegetables like raw tomato, snake gourd, white pumpkin, radish, turnip etc which can be made in kootu form without adding other vegetables. This recipe can be made with radish also and doesn’t require grinding ingredients into paste. This dish can be served with both rice or roti which is an added bonus. Enjoy!!!


Tomato Kootu [Raw Tomato Gravy]


  • Green Tomato /Raw Tomato (unripe) -- 6 to7
  • Onion -- 1
  • Red Chillies --2
  • Mustard Seeds -- 1 tsp
  • Channa Dal -- 2 tsp
  • Urad Dal -- 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder -- 2 Tbsp
  • Asafoetida -- 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves -- few sprigs
  • Coconut Shredded -- 3 Tbsp
  • Rasam Powder -- 1.5 Tbsp
  • Oil -- 1 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp (divided)
  • Turmeric Powder -- 1 tsp
  • Cooked Toor Dal -- 1/2 cup (optional)
  • Salt -- as needed
  • Coriander Leaves -- 2 Tbsp (finely chopped)


  1. Wash and cut tomato into medium sized cubes. Set aside.
  2. In a wide pan heat 1 Tbsp oil and add mustard seeds. Let it splutter. Now add red chillies, channa dal, urad dal, asafoetida, curry leaves and fry for a minute until the dals turn slightly brown. Now add coriander powder and reduce the flame. Add few drops of oil more, if needed so that the powder doesn't burn. Now add shredded coconut. and fry till the coconut is slightly brown. Remove the dals and coconut mixture in a bowl or plate and set aside.
  3. In a wide pan or cooking vessel add remaining oil and add chopped onions and fry till they turn translucent. Add chopped tomatoes, salt, rasam powder, and turmeric and mix well. Close the lid and let the tomato cook until they turn soft but still can retain some of its shape.
  4. Now add dal+coconut mixture that was set aside earlier and cooked dal (if using) and mix well. Adjust salt to taste. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with roti or rice. Enjoy!!!







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  10 Responses to “Tomato Kootu [Raw Tomato Gravy]”

  1. I love this kootu and like you say it’s a huge bonus that it can be eaten with rotis as well as rice!

  2. I’m just like you, don’t like planning meals and looking into the fridge gives me lots of ideas 🙂
    I have quite a few green tomatoes that need to be used up. Will be making this kooru some time soon.

  3. Raw tomato gravy looks delicious.

  4. Raw tomato gravy looks delicious.I guess most of us cook without planning for everyday meal.

  5. Sounds so flavorful. A very different preparation with green tomatoes. Must try it.

  6. Very nice variation with green tomato.

  7. I can have this lipsmacking gravy with some rice and papads, mouthwatering here.

  8. perfect with rice for sure and easy to put together – must taste awesome

  9. Did you and when to add water?

  10. That’s a wonderful dish with green tomatoes..I haven’t used it much in my cooking, your gravy surely looks great!

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