Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tamatar ki Chatney | Homestyle Tomato Chutney

The most amazing and fresh winter vegetables line the outdoor vegetable markets in Delhi. Beautiful cauliflower, okra, green peppers, spinach, radish, pumpkin, beets, red carrot, and of course, juicy red tomatoes!! The cheap and surplus of tomatoes in the market were always a motivation to make chutneys, preserves, and jams! Yes, I remember tomato jam from my schooldays, when my benchmate introduced me to home made tomato jam filled between slices of spongy white bread. But I digress.

Every family seems to have their own version of tomato chutney. This is my take on a north-Indian style tomato chutney that my Mum made around Holi. It goes very well with a traditional Holi lunch - pooris (Deep fried Indian Bread), kaddu bhaji (Pumpkin Stir Fry), aloo rassa (Potato Curry) and raita (yogurt).

2 cups cherry tomatoes
5-6 pods garlic
1/2 cup raisins
1 tsp cooking oil
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp nigella seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
2 dried red chilies
Salt to taste
1 tsp Sugar

  1. Heat oil in a large steel pan. Reduce to a medium-heat. Then add the cumin, fennel, nigella, and fenugreek seeds and roast for 30 secs. Next add the red chilies and turmeric powder, followed by the garlic pods. Stir fry for 1 minute.
  2. Add the tomatoes with the salt and sugar and stir until they are coated with the oil. Cover and cook for around 20 minutes.
  3. Add the raisins, mixing them into the chutney. Cover and cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Add a spot of water if needed to continue cooking. Cook until the raisins are plump and juicy, and the chutney reaches a thickish consistency.
  4. Check for seasoning. Turn off heat. Cool completely and serve cooled. This chutney can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. 
And just in time for Holi, this recipe goes to Cooking with Seeds: Fenugreek hosted this month by SE @ Denufood, event developed by Priya @ Priya's Easy & Tasty Recipes. It also goes to JFI Fennel being hosted this month by Siri @ Siri's Corner . JFI is an event created by Indira @ Mahanandi

Happy Holi Everyone!!

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  1. yummy..wonderful recipe...thanks for sending it to the event !!

  2. Just wanted to let you know that the My Legume Love Affair 20 roundup is now live. Thank you for submitting your awesome recipe for homemade refried beans.

  3. Simple and healthy Chutney !!

  4. Tomato chutney.. looks awesome, simple & quick with fenugreek..sounds yummy too..

  5. my fav chutney..ur version looks delicious


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