Oct 20, 2012

Green Tomato Gashi

Green Tomato  Gashi

(A tasty main dish with green tomatoes, tur dal, coconut paste & seasoning.  Gashi is a main curry in Konkan  cuisine of Cochin GSBs) !!

Serves: 4


1/2 cup ( 100 g ) tur dal, Indian standard measuring cup of 100 ml / 4 oz capacity

1 1/2 cups water / 250 ml

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1/4 teaspoon oil

Other ingredients

3 green tomatoes, cut into ½ - inch thick slices or cubes or any other shape

2 potatoes, cut into slices or cubes (or 2 drumstick)

For Coconut paste:

1/2 cup (5 tablespoon  75 g ) grated coconut

3/4 teaspoon red chilli powder

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

2 tablespoon water

Make a smooth and thick paste of above ingredients with water in a small mixer bowl.


For the  dal:

Wash and clean dal. Soak in a pressure cooker for half an hour with turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon oil and 1 1/2 cups water and cook for 15 minutes or till done ( reduce the heat to medium after 2nd whistle and cook for 10 minutes ). Allow the cooker to cool naturally.

For the  gashi:

In a wide bowl,  mix boiled dal, potato pieces (or drumsticks), green tomato slices and  salt to taste.  Mix all the ingredients well. Cover with a lid and cook on low to medium heat for 15 minutes or until 3/4 done and potato softens (or you can also add separately boiled potato pieces).

Add coconut paste, adjust with extra 2 – 3 tablespoons water mix well and cook on a low heat for 8 - 10 minutes.

For Seasoning (phann):

1 tablespoon oil

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

½ teaspoon jeera (cumin seeds)

6 curry leaves


Heat oil in a frying pan. Add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add  jeera  and curry leaves.  Saute on a low heat for  2- 3minutes until fragrant and crisp. Pour the seasoning over tomato  gashi and mix well. Serve with rice.

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