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Cauliflower Thakkali Kootu – Cauliflower Tomato Curry

Kootu is a South Indian dish made of vegetables and lentils along with spices. You can serve kootu with rice and papad or stir fried vegetables. Today I am sharing the recipe for tomato cauliflower kootu with split pegion peas.

Preparation time:  40 minutes

No. of servings: 4

Spice level: 3.5 out of 5


  • Cauliflower florets – 1 cup
  • Tomatoes – 4
  • Split pigeon peas or toor dal – 3/4 cup
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Channa dal or Split Bengal gram – 1 tbsp
  • Urad dal or split white lentil – 1 tsp
  • Dry red chili – 4
  • Black pepper – 1/2 tsp
  • Shredded coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Whole tamarind – 1 tbsp
  • Cilantro for garnishing


  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Pinch of asafoetida

Method of Preparation:

  1. Wash toor dal and cook along with turmeric powder in a pressure cooker or boil until cooked.
  2. In a frying pan, add a tsp of oil and heat it.
  3. Add coriander seeds, channa dal, urad dal, dry red chilies, black pepper and fry till the dal is golden brown. Finally add coconut and toss for a few seconds and remove from heat and transfer it to a plate.
  4. Let it cool and grind them to a coarse paste.
  5. In a cup of warm water, add the whole tamarind and make juice. Filter it to get clear tamarind juice.
  6. Heat tamarind juice in a sauce pan along with half a cup of water.
  7. Cut tomatoes into big pieces and clean the cauliflower florets by adding it to hot water for 2 minutes.
  8. Add the tomatoes and drained cauliflower to the boiling tamarind water and let it boil for 5 minutes.
  9. Mix the ground paste and cooked dal together and add it to the saucepan and mix well.
  10. Bring it to a boil and remove from heat. Kootu is ready.
  11. Heat a tsp of oil in a seasoning pan and add mustard seeds.
  12. Once they splutter, add urad dal, curry leaves, asafoetida and transfer it to the kootu when lentils become golden brown.
  13. Garnish with chopped cilantro.


  1. Slurp and delicious Kootu… yum… 🙂

  2. I love this veggieful dal dish..looks yummy!

    • What a wonderful word you invented–Veggiful !

  3. peferct one and love to have with rice

  4. Never made this way… thanks for sharing… this looks delicious

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. A very tasty and flavoursome veggie curry! Excellent clicks too.

  6. Nice curry with cauliflower..

  7. Wow this sounds so flavourful n delicious…pairs well both for rice and rotis

  8. wow they looks so yummy, lovely clicks as well!

  9. Slurp fingerlicking kootu,soooo tempting..

  10. im sure it would be awesome with rice and indian breads…

  11. Lovely kootu, I also make it without Tamarind. Next time definitely going to try your way.

  12. Kootu looks very nice. Mouthwatering…

  13. yumm, thats a delicious looking curry. but y do you call it kootu?

  14. delicious curry..yumm!!

  15. What a delicious curry! Love the vegetables you included!

  16. wow, so mouth watering, love it.

    • Yeah i agree with you….

  17. tasty curry !!! thanks for the recipe…… got anymore recipe… if you do then can you put more on similar to it…

  18. Hi,
    I have tried it yesterday for the first time and it came out superb.My husband just loved it.Thanks.