Monday, August 8, 2022



There are few vegetables that are more visually appealing than the bright red tomatoes! In our Indian vegetarian cooking, you will find very extensive use of tomatoes.

This article in gives details of just how good tomatoes are for our health. 

Elsewhere in this blog, you will find many dishes made with tomatoes as the main ingredient. Some of them are:-

Today's recipe is for Shahi Tamatar which roughly translates to a "royal dish made with tomatoes". I have adapted this from a recipe shared by Bharti Ahuja Dar in a cooking group in which I am a member. 

We enjoyed this dish as I am sure you will too!


  • Medium Sized Tomatoes, 5 or about 300 gms
  • Peanuts, 2 tbsp
  • White Sesame (Til) , 2 tsp
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 2 tbsp
  • Green Chillies, chopped, 2
  • Asafoetida ( Hing), 1/4 tsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1 tsp or to taste 
  • Cumin (Jeera) Seeds, 1 tsp
  • Medium sized Onion, sliced, 1
  • Dry Red Chillies, broken into halves, 2
  • Curd, 1 cup
  • Garam Masala Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves,1 sprig
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, 2-3 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp


Wash the tomatoes, remove the heads and pierce the tomatoes from the top in a few places. Keep aside
Slice the onions
Chop the green chillies
Whisk the curds

In a pan, dry roast the peanuts, sesame seeds, and coconut gratings till they turn slightly golden
Allow it to cool
Then transfer to small mixer jar, add chopped green chillies and a little water and grind to a smooth paste. Keep aside. 
Heat oil in the same pan and add cumin seeds and when they sizzle add the asafoetida and the broken red chillies
To this add the sliced onion, a little salt. Saute till they turn slightly golden 
Next add chilli powder, turmeric powder, and curry leaves and mix well 
Now add the freshly ground paste of coconut-peanut- sesame seed and mix well
Add a little water to get the desired consistency
Bring to a boil, then lower the flame and cook covered till the gravy thickens
Add the whisked curds and mix well
Add the tomatoes, cover and cook on low flame till the tomatoes get cooked and become soft but retain their shape 
Turn off the heat 
Transfer the Shahi Tamatar to a serving bowl
Sprinkle the garam masala powder
Serve hot with rotis or paranthas

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