Tomatillo/ Thakkali Kai Kootu

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Steaming hot kootu in a pot.

Tomatillo pairs beautifully with the Thuvaram Paruppu/Thur Dhal in this Kootu to make a luscious and comforting food on a nice warm spring day in Seattle. My husband and daughter are at home today~both enjoying their Spring Break. Wish I could take a break too.

I decided to clean up our house for
Varusha Pirappu / Tamil New Year so decided on this Kootu to make it simple and less time consuming in kitchen.
Athai made the kootu with Thakkali Kai/Raw tomatoes. Thakkali Kai/Raw tomatoes are a rare find in Seattle so I used tomatillos and the taste was similar to what Athai made.
When using
Thakkali Kai/Raw tomatoes, double the quantity because Tomatillo is more tart in taste when compared to Thakkali Kai/Raw tomatoes.

List of ingredients:
  1.  3 tomatillos or 2 cups chopped tomatillos.
  2. 1/2 cup Thuvaram Paruppu/Thur Dhal.
To Grind:
  1. 1 tablespoon kadalai paruppu/bengal gram
  2. 2 red chillies
  3. 1/4 cup grated coconut.
For Seasoning :
  1. 1/2 teaspoon Mustard
  2. 1/2 teaspoon Broken Ullutham paruppu/urid dhal .
  3. few curry leaves.
Cooking Procedure:
  1. Cook the paruppu/dhal with turmeric powder in a pressure cooker and keep aside.
  2. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a kadai/pan and fry the kadalai paruppu/bengal gram, red chillies and grated coconut to light brown color. Grind when cool and keep aside.
  3. Heat 2 tsp of oil in a kadai or pan , add the seasoning and when the ullutham paruppu/urid dhal turns light brown, add the chopped tomatillos. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked paruppu/dhal .
  5. Add the ground coconut mixture, asafoetida and salt .
  6. Simmer for about 5 minutes and serve.
Serve with rice or chappati.
Tomatillo Kootu - Our lunch today.


  1. wow!looks so delicious!!!love the pictures

  2. yummy kootu! pics are great.

  3. Look so delicious , never made anything with tomatillo.

  4. gonna try this for new year's too. great idea.

  5. seems to be a very tasty kootu. I will def try this. photos are very nice

  6. I've made kootu with so many vegetables but never with tomatillo. That is such a great idea! I'm going to try it when I can.

  7. I tried tomatillo rasam once, but it did not taste good, I think the measurements I used were not right. As you have mentioned it was very tart. I will follow this recipe exactly. Your pot also looks tooooo good.

  8. Madhuram,Nandini,TBC,Arundathi and Cham-Do try and let me know.

  9. Hi Cilantro, I finished cooking this kootu just now and it tastes awesome. It is definitely very sour than the regular tomatoes, but I like it very much. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Thanks Madhuram for the feedback. Glad you liked the kootu.


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