One of the most popular ingredients in our Indian vegetarian cooking has to be the Tomato. All over India, it is commonly made into curries, side dishes, and the like with different regions using them in their own ways.
Tomatoes have numerous health benefits as detailed in this informative slide show from the WebMD website.
Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for dishes made with these health-filled tomatoes such as:-
Today's recipe is for Tomato Saaru from my Home State of Karnataka. It is an aromatic and tasty accompaniment to hot steamed rice. I have adapted this from this YouTube video from Bhat'nBhat. It is interesting to see Sudarshan Bhat explain the process in his own special, rustic way.
Since we use pepper and spices to make this Saaru/rasam, it is most welcome during the rainy and winter months.
Tip: in case the tomatoes are not sour enough, you may like to add a little tamarind juice.
I am sure you will like this Tomato Saaru as much as we did.
- Tomatoes, 3
- Jaggery, grated, 1 tbsp or to taste
- Ginger, 1/2 " piece
- Turmeric Powder, 1/2 tsp
- Curry Leaves, 1 sprig
- Coriander Leaves, 2 tbsp,
- Salt, to taste
- Coconut Oil, 1 tbsp
- Toor Dal, 4 tsp
- Byadgi Red Chillies, 4
- Coriander Seeds, 1 tsp
- Cumin Seeds (Jeera), 1/2 tsp
- Pepper, 1 tsp
- Fenugreek Seeds (Methi), 1/4 tsp
- Asafoetida, (Hing), size of a pea
- Mustard Seeds, 1 tsp
- Dry Red Chillies, 1, broken into half
- Curry Leaves, a few
- Coconut Oil, 1 tsp