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Pacha thakkali curry | Raw tomato curry | Raw tomato in coconut gravy | Kerala Green Tomato Curry

Pacha thakkali curry recipe with detailed photos and description.

Pacha thakkali curry is a Kerala dish made with raw or unripe tomatoes, coconut and spices. It uses unripe tomatoes, coconut and spices. Pacha thakkali curry follows a typical Kerala village style preparation. It is usually served with steamed rice. Let us learn how to prepare pacha thakkali curry at home.

    What is pacha thakkali?

    Pacha thakkali represents the green tomatoes or unripe tomatoes. Usually, we buy ripe, bright red tomatoes from the market. But in some season, we will get unripe tomatoes also. We can easily incorporate the ripe tomatoes in any type of veg or non-veg gravy. But the unripe ones are firm and tasteless compared to the ripe ones. Luckily, we have a huge list of Kerala recipes using green unripe tomatoes.

    How do you make raw tomato curry?

    This raw tomato curry is a village style preparation. It utilized finely ground coconut. We call this type of curry as thenga aracha curry in Malayalam. The coconut will be made a fine paste along with spices. In this recipe also, the tomato is cooked till soft and then mixed with the coconut paste. It will be further tempered using curry leaves, mustard seeds and curry leaves.

    Pacha thakkali curry | Raw tomato curry | Raw tomato in coconut gravy | Kerala Green Tomato Curry 

    Kerala style raw tomato curry

    Preparation time: 10 minutes / Cooking time: 15 minutes / Total time: 25 minutes


    • 4 raw tomatoes
    • 1 small onion, peeled and thinly sliced
    • 3 green chilies
    • 1 cup water
    • salt to taste
    To grind
    • 1 cup grated coconut
    • 4 shallots, slit
    • 3 garlic cloves
    • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
    • water 3/4 cup
    For seasoning
    • 2 tablespoon oil
    • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
    • 1 spring curry leaves
    • 2 dried red chilies

    How to make pacha thakkali curry

    Pacha thakkali curry preparation follows typical Kerala village style preparation. This recipe can be divided into three steps. 
    1. Cooking tomato with spices
    2. Making the coconut paste
    3. Seasoning

    Pacha thakkali curry preparation with step by step photos

    1. First, we will cook the green tomatoes with spices. In an earthen pot, put tomatoes, green chili, onion, garlic cloves and salt. Add salt to taste. Cover the pan and keep the pot over high flame till the gravy boils and then reduce flame to low and cook till the tomatoes turn soft.

    2. Meanwhile, take coconut, shallots, garlic, cumin seeds and turmeric powder with enough water to a thick paste. 

    3. Once the tomatoes turn hot, mix the ground paste. Cover again and cook till the coconut leaves its raw taste.

    4. After switching off the flame, prepare tempering.  In a small pan, heat oil. When the oil turns hot, put mustard seeds. The mustard seeds will crackle instantly. When the crackling stops, put dried red chilies, and curry leaves.
    5. Pour this mix over the curry and cover with the lid. Keep covered and set aside for five to ten minutes and serve with steamed rice. Enjoy.

    Happy Cooking


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