June 28, 2007

Tomato Bhaji

I've been trying to christen this dish and finally settled on the most uninnovative name if there ever was one. Last week, I had to cook just for myself as S was traveling. I looked in the fridge and found a huge bag of tomatoes. So, I thought, "Why not make a curry of sorts with just tomato?" Egged on by the success of the capsicm curry, I decided to make this. And guess what? It turned out just fine.


3 Tomatoes, chopped

To be ground to a paste:

1 tbsp Coconut, scraped

1 Onion
1/2 tsp Ginger Paste
1/2 tsp Garlic Paste
1/2 tsp Green Chilli Paste

1 tsp Oil

1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
7-8 Curry Leaves
1/4 tsp Chilli Powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/4 tsp Cumin Powder
1/4 tsp Coriander Powder
Salt to Taste

Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds and asafoetida. When the mustard splutters, add the curry leaves and fry for a minute. Add the ground paste, chilli, turmeric, cumin and coriander powders. Fry this for 1-2 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and salt and fry for another minute or two. Cover and cook with a little bit of water if you like.

I had this with rotis for lunch, though my guess is that it would make a nice side dish with rice as well. I am sure it will taste nice if mixed with steaming hot rice and had with some appalams.


bee said...

i've had a similar dish with idlis. quite good.

Raaga said...

@Bee: I must try that too. I can practically eat anything with anything :-) as a child, I actually ate a chapati with papad!! But this dish with idli/dosa will actually taste good.

Srivalli said...

the dish looks yummy....will try..thanks!


Lata said...

We make this at home too but we don't chop tomatoes and we put them as whole cut in either 2 slits or 4. And we call it tomato masala. Will try this kind sometime.

Raaga said...

@Srivalli: Let me know how it turns out :-)

@Lata: that should be nice too. I'll try with whole tomatoes.


I love the taste of tomatoes ...I will try this the next time hubby is out ;-)

Arundathi said...

yup - sounds similar - tastes so good and lasts quite a while in the 'fridge