Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tomato Chutney - South Indian Style

Pin It Now! Last weekend was packed with several potlucks and birthday parties. That left no time for me to do any grocery shopping. Besides pantry staples like onions , tomato there were not many veggies at home. So the challenge for yours truly - to get by a week without grocery shopping.
     Every evening the pantry would be ransacked to find whatever needed to be used up. Actually its pretty amazing what you discover to make a wonderful meal. I found several different legumes ,cheese.frozen pesto and flours.

     For a weekend brunch I used an instant uttapam packet to make some onion uttappams. To go with that there was tomato chutney south indian style. And its recipe is what I shall share with you today.
The original recipe is from DK of Chef In You. I am fillled with much gratitude everytime we enjoy this one. Its made its appeareance quite a few times now.
Now for the recipe :-

 3 tomatoes diced
 1 onion diced
 1/2 an inch ginger
 4-5 tbsp fresh coconut ( I use the frozen one )
 2 crushed red chillies ( more if you like spicy )
 1 tsp sambar powder
 1/2 tsp chilli powder
 salt to taste
 2 tbsp oil

 For tempering :-
 1 tsp mustard seeds
 2 tsp urad dal
 5-7 curry leaves
 2 tbsp oil

 1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro

1. In a pan heat some oil. Add the tomatoes,onions,ginger and dry red chillies and saute till tomatoes are cooked. Let cook for sometime.
2. In a blender add the above mixture,coconut,salt, sambar powder and chilli powder. Blend till a smooth paste. Transfer to a bowl.
3. Splutter the mustard seeds in oil. Add the urad dal, curry leaves and allow the urad dal to brown.
4. Add the tempering and cilantro to the blended mixture. Check for salt. Serve with dosa or idli.

We love the smoky and burnt taste of the urad dal. It pairs very well with the tangy tomato. You can add more ginger to get a nice hot chutney.

Want some ?

 Goes to this month's Healing Food - Tomato event started by Siri of Siri's Corner.


Aparna said...

amazing pics...u r not only a good cook but ur photography skills r also improving...10/10 on presentation!

PJ said...

Lovely clicks and yummy chutney.Thanks for sending it to the event :)