Sunday, January 31, 2010

Tamata pachadi / Tomato chutney


Tamata pachadi / Tomato chutney

Another of everyone's favorite. This is going to be my 10th blog post...wow...10 posts already...these posts went by fast..lol.
Another easy recipe and also a versatile dish. Goes along with any food nicely. Eat it with Dosa, Idli, Rice or Roti, tastes good with anything. The healthy side of it, its all tomato and tomato is one of the antioxidant foods which boosts the immune system.I read somewhere that cooked tomatoes are better and the heat allows more good and preferable antioxidants in tomatoes to be made available to the body for easy absorption when eaten with oil. Another good ingredient in this chutney is garlic. Garlic is also known for it good and very good qualities :), and I like mine garlicky!!! you can adjust the spice to your taste.

Ingredients:

4-5 tomatoes
6-8 big garlic cloves
4-5 green chillies
small lemon size tamarind ball
Salt to taste
2 tbsp oil

Tempering:

1/2 tbsp mustard seeds
1/2 tbsp chana daal
1/2 tbsp urad daal
1/4 tbsp jeera
4-5 red chillies
5-6 curry leaves

Method:

In a pan, heat 1 tbsp of oil, add the chana daal and urad daal and let them brown. Add the garlic, tomatoes, green chillies and tamarind. Let everything cook and come together, that is let most of the liquid that came from the tomatoes dry up. You can add the salt too. Remove from heat and let it cool.
Grind this adding some water. Heat the other tbsp of oil and add the mustard seeds and jeera, let them splutter before adding the red chillies and curry leaves. Stir this into the ground tomato pachadi / chutney and your chutney is yours to enjoy!!! :)


Tip: This is good for about a week in the fridge.

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