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Thakkali kootu
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Thakkali kootu recipe

Easy to make Coconut based Kootu recipe with tomato and moong dal
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: easy lunch recipes, healthy recipes
Servings: 4
Author: Jeyashri suresh


  • 1 cup tomato cubes
  • ½ cup yellow moong dal
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp asafoetida
  • Salt as needed
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • Few curry leaves
  • 1 red chili
  • ¼ cup coconut
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds


  • In a vessel add the moong dal and wash it well
  • Add 1 cup of water, ½ tsp turmeric powder, and 2 pinches of asafoetida.
  • Pressure cook this for 4-5 whistles.
  • Keep the cooked dal aside.
  • Grind the coconut, green chili, and cumin seeds into a fine paste.
  • In a pan add coconut oil. Add mustard seeds, urad dal, red chili, asafoetida, and curry leaves.
  • Once the mustard seeds crackle and urad dal turn golden brown add the cubed tomatoes.
  • Saute this for 2 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of water to this.
  • Add the salt.
  • Let this boil for 3 minutes.
  • Now add the cooked dal to this.
  • Mix well and add the ground coconut paste to this.
  • Add water to adjust the consistency.
  • Let this boil for 3-4 minutes.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Garnish with few curry leaves.
  • Tomato kootu | thakkli kootu is ready.



1. You can add 1 tsp of sambar powder after adding the tomatoes.
2. Tomato kootu | thakkali kootu pairs well with plain rice and chapati too.