10 November, 2011

Tangy Tomato Curry

'Drooliciously' tart.

And quick and easy to make.  The tangy quotient can be taken to a whole new level by using 'naati' tomatoes instead of the 'phaa-ram' (farm) ones, if your taste-buds can handle it.


1.  Tomatoes  - 5 medium sized, chopped
2.  Onions - 3 medium sized, chopped
3.  Fresh Coriander leaves (Cilantro) - 1/2 cup (optional, or to taste) - chopped
4.  Fresh green chillies - 3 medium, finely chopped (optional)
5.  Cumin seeds - 1/2 tspn
6.  Haldi (Turmeric Powder) - 1/2 tspn
7.  Oil - 2 tspns

This will serve 5-6 as an accompaniment.

Here it is in pictures -


Heat the oil in a heavy-based non-reactive pan.  I used stainless steel.

Add the cumin seeds.  When they start crackling, add the onions (and green chillies, if using),

And fry till well-browned.

Then add the tomatoes and haldi powder.

 A good stir and let it cook till the tomatoes are thoroughly soft.

Then let it simmer some more.  Cooking the tomatoes like this (till the cells break down, and in a bit of oil) also improves the concentration of bioavailable lycopene which is fat-soluble.

Traditionally, at this stage, a half of cup of water gets added to thin it down, but I keep it thick.  The chopped coriander is gets added next.

Then the salt, followed by a good mix.

If you remember, I always have to make two versions, the spicy and non-spicy. So, in a few drops of oil in a small tempering ladle,  I fry the chopped green chillies, and mix into about half the quantity - that will make it pretty hot (without anyone realizing that it was a quick fix!). This can also just be kept on the side to be added to individual taste. (A little goes a long way - at least with Bangalore green chillies!)

And it's done!

Goes with anything!


  1. Hi Ila! First of all, congrats on such a good blog. It is informative, well-written, healthy and wow!! has simple recipes. :D Even someone like me would be tempted to try them out especially because your very nice photographs are so encouraging. I am sure that your steps in pictures will serve Y1 and Y2 very well. I will remember to come back every now and then. Good luck! Cheryl

  2. Cheryl! You've gone and put a huge big grin on my face! I do hope you get encouraged to try something from here! Am equally delighted to hear the optimistic view about Y1 and Y2's possible future interest! :) Thank you, thank you!



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