Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tamatar ki Chutney(Indian style tomato Dip)

Tamatar ki chutney is a Hyderabadi alternative to sambar,khatti dal and rasam, typical accompaniments to rice along with curries.Although it is paired with khichdi which I had posted previously it tastes good with steamed rice too.It is simple to make and you could make it on days when you are lazy to reach for that pressure cooker to make sambar,or dal based accompaniments, or simply when it is raining tomatoes in your garden.

8-10 large tomatoes
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 inch piece of ginger
salt as required
1 tsp oil

For the Seasoning/Tadka/Baghar
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
5-6 curry leaves
2 cloves of garlic crushed
2 dried red chilles
a pinch of black gram seeds(urad dal)
1 tbs oil

Procedure: Cut tomatoes into four pieces and put it a pan with the turmeric, chilli powder, salt and ginger and some oil and let it cook with a little water on a slow flame till tomatoes get mushy
and you can mash them up with the back of a stirring spoon and remove the ginger piece.If you are still feeling lazy, then you could blend it after cooling, into a smooth pulp.Take a non stick pan and heat the oil and add all the ingredients listed under seasoning and when they crackle and sizzle with a nice aroma just add the tomato pulp and stir to combine all ingredients and you have it ready to serve in a bowl.

Variation: You could add two green chillies to the cooking tomatoes if you wanna spice things up.

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