Tomato Saar

Tomato saar.
Delicious spicy curry with ripe tomatoes from Maharashtra cuisine.

According to Wikipedia Maharashtra is the name of a state of India and its language is Marathi. In area it is the third-biggest state of India. Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra. Pune is the cultural and educational capital.
The food of Maharashtra is different in each place. The people in the Konkan region eat more rice and the ones near the ocean eat a lot of fish. In eastern Maharashtra, most people eat a lot of wheat, jowar, and bajra. Other important things people eat in Maharashtra are lentils, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, chilies, garlic, ginger, and aamras. Many people also eat chicken and mutton.

Tomato is known scientifically as Solanum lycopersicum, the tomato is the berry of a plant from the nightshade family, native to South America. Despite technically being a fruit, the tomato is generally categorized as a vegetable.

Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.

They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.
Source

This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Maharashtra cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is Priya Mahesh. Who blog at Www.at200deg.com
Priya gave me two easy to use ingredients hing or asafoetida and jeera or cumin. And I gave her turmeric and ginger. Check out her blog for the amazing recipe she shared with these ingredients.

You may like some more tomato recipes here

Marinara sauce

Tomato coconut chickpea curry

Onion tomato chutney or dip

Tomato cilantro egg drop soup

Bitter gourd with tomato

This tomato saar goes well with hot steamed rice. I have added kokum in it. I love the mild tangy taste of kokum. But if you don’t have kokum, use tamarind paste or you can skip it if you don’t like tangy taste.

Recipe

Tomato – 4 medium

Water – 2 cup

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 2

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coconut – 1/2 cup, finely chopped or grated

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 12

Dry red chilli – 1

Hing or asafoetida – a pinch

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Jaggery powder or sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Kokum – 2 – 3 pieces, optional

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped + to garnish

Method

1. Wash the tomatoes well. Make a cross-shaped incision or make X with a knife at one end. Don’t make too deep cut.

2. Boil 2 cup water in a pan. Add the tomatoes in it. Boil for 6 – 8 minutes or until the skin starts to separate. Don’t discard the water we will use it.

3. Let the tomatoes cool down. Discard the stem. Peel and grind into a smooth paste.

4. Grind the coconut, green chilli and ginger. Make a smooth paste. You can add 2 – 3 garlic cloves if you want. I didn’t.

5. Add cumin powder and keep aside. If you are using whole cumin add it with coconut, chilli and ginger and grind.

6. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds.

7. When the seeds start to splutter add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

8. Add dry red chilli. Now add hing or asafoetida and curry leaves.

9. Add coconut, chilli, ginger, cumin paste and turmeric powder. Mix well.

10. Saute till the mixture dried up.

11. Add ground tomatoes, salt, kokum and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix well.

12. Add the water we have used to boil tomatoes. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes.

13. Remove from heat. Garnish with coriander leaves.

14. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Notes

1. Add green chilli according to your taste.
2. If you don’t have kokum then you can use 1 teaspoon tamarind paste or if you don’t like tangy taste skip it.
3. Use fully ripe red tomatoes to make tomato saar.

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Mango Sesame Chutney

Mango sesame chutney.
A lip-smacking delicious chutney from Andhra Pradesh cuisine.
This chutney is very easy to make. Just grind all the ingredients and add the tempering. You will love with nutty flavour of sesame. You can use it as a dip with any snack.

Tanginess of raw mango and the taste and flavour of chillies, curry leaves and sesame seeds made the chutney lip-smacking.

For some more chutney recipes click on the name below.

Date raisin jaggery chutney with mango bar

Water chestnut or singhara chutney

Onion tomato chutney or dip

Peanut chutney or dip

Mango raisin chutney

For recipe swap challenge I was searching for recipes on the blog of Aruna Panangipally. Who blog at aahaaramonline.com
I was paired with her. I made her falafel but I have also bookmarked this mango sesame chutney. And made it in small quantity. Just loved it. So want to share it for my readers. You can check out the original recipe from Aruna’s blog.

You can make it double if you want. But I like to make my chutney or dip in small quantity and make every time fresh. You can add some more chillies if you want your chutney spicy and hot.

Recipe

Raw Mango – 1/2 cup, peeled and chopped

Sesame seeds or til – 2 tablespoon

Turmeric – a pinch

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Salt to taste

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Curry leaves – 4

Method

1. In a grinder grind chopped mango, sesame seeds, green chilli with turmeric and salt.

2. Add water to make thick paste.
When the mixture becomes smooth take out in a bowl. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

3. For tempering heat oil in a small pan.

4. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.

5. Add dry red chilli and curry leaves. Fry for few seconds.

6. Add the tempering to the chutney. Mix well.

7. Your mango sesame chutney is ready. Serve with idli, dosa or any snack.

Note

Add chilli according to your taste. If you like your chutney hot use more chilli.

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Parippu Vada Or Lentil fritters

Parippu vada or dal vada/lentil fritters.
Crispy, crunchy, spicy, flavourful and delicious snack from Kerala cuisine.
Very easy yet super yummy fried snack. Serve it as a snack with evening tea or enjoy as a side dish with dal chawal or lentil curry and steamed rice.
You can make delicious curry with this vada if you want.

This week our 157 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #OnamRecipes.
I was about to skip this week’s bloghop due to renovation of my house. I don’t like to miss these weekly bloghop. So sharing one of my favourite snack from Kerala cuisine. Easy and quick to make and delicious. You need only chana dal or split chickpeas/Bengal gram and some aromatic spices. A best accompany with dal chawal or lentil curry and steamed rice. You can use chilli according to your taste. If you want your vada more spicy, you can add 3 – 4 dry red chilli or green chilli or both. I have used both. I like my vada mildly spicy so used 1 green chilli and 1 red chilli.

Recipe

Chana dal or Bengal gram/split chickpea – 1 cup

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 1-2 finely chopped

Dry red chilli – 1 chopped

Curry leaves – 1 spring

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful

Asafoetida or hing – a pinch

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Salt to taste

Oil for deep frying

Method

1. Soak the Bengal gram or chana dal for 2 – 3 hours.

2. Chop cilantro or coriander leaves and curry leaves.

3. Grind soaked dal into a coarse paste. Don’t add water and don’t make it smooth.

4. Take out the ground dal in a bowl.
Add chopped curry leaves, cilantro or coriander leaves, salt, grated ginger, chopped green and red chillies, Asafoetida or hing and cumin powder.

5. Mix well. Make small balls and flatten them with your palm. Make small thin patties for crispy vada.

6. Heat sufficient oil in a pan. Oil should be enough hot.

7. Slide the patties into the hot oil.

8. Fry on low medium heat until the vada becomes dark golden brown.

9. Flip and fry the other side.
Remove from oil.

10. Serve hot with any chutney or sauce. Or serve as a side dish with dal chawal or lentil curry and steamed rice. You can sprinkle little black salt or chaat masala before serving.
Enjoy….
Happy Onam.
Wishing everyone a blessed Onam in advance!

Notes

1. You can add finely chopped onion and minced garlic in the batter if you like.

2. Oil should be sufficient hot.

3. You can add little green peas in the batter.

4. If you like you can make curry with these vada. Make a gravy with onion garlic tomato or only ginger tomato whole spices gravy and dip the vadas in it.

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Peanut Potatoes / Fasting recipe 

Peanut potatoes or potatoes for fasting days.

Shravan is considered an auspicious month for the Hindus. Many people observe fast on every Monday during this month. Fast to learn self-control and detoxify the body. So fasting is not to torture ourselves. A proper diet is important to keep ourselves healthy and energetic.

Generally people eat potatoes, sabudana/sago or tapioca, buckwheat flour or kuttu atta, water chestnut flour or singhara atta, barnyard millet or vrat ka chawal/sama rice, fried food, sweets etc.

I have shared some more fasting recipes here.

Water chestnut and coconut cake

Barnyard millet fried idli 

Potato and barnyard millet cutlets

Singhara atta or water chestnut laddu

I am sharing a simple potato recipe today. Simple and easy yet lip-smacking taste.



Recipe 


Boiled potatoes – 8-10 small

Roasted or fried peanut – 1/4 cup

Clarified butter or ghee – 2 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Rai or black mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 10-15

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Grated ginger – 1-2 teaspoon

Chopped green chilli – 2-3 chopped

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Rock salt or sendha namak to taste

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Chopped cilantro 2 tablespoon, optional



Method 


Peel the boiled potatoes. Make half. If potatoes are too small use whole.

Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Let them splutter.

Add curry leaves, asafoetida, chopped green chilli and grated ginger. You can add 1-2 dry red chilli with these.

Fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the potatoes, rock salt, cumin powder,  black pepper powder. Fry till the potatoes becomes light brown.

Add fried or roasted peanut. If you like also add some fried cashew nuts.

You can use crushed peanut too.

Mix well. Saute for 1-2 minutes more.

Add lemon juice and mix well.

Remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more rock salt and lemon juice if require.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and lemon wedges. If you have fresh grated coconut spread over it.

Serve hot.

Note –

You can use fried cashew nuts instead of peanuts, or use both. Add a fistful grated fresh coconut to make it more yummy.

You can use oil instead of ghee or clarified butter.

If you are not making it for fasting then add 1-2 teaspoon chaat masala too.

In place of lemon juice you can use dry mango powder or amchur or anardana powder/dry pomegranate powder.

If you want it hot add 1 teaspoon red chilli powder in it.

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