Tomato chutney

I call myself an imitation cook, as I know I am not talented like my mom or grandmother to come up with creative versions.I have neither learnt the basics..I copy 😀

I have struggled years to come up with a good version of idli batter..and I still can’t get it right. Sounds simple for some but I think this is also to do with “haath ka jadoo”.

Anyways coming back to why I am imitation cook I said I copy. Now I am always on the look for good recipes that inspire me and I try my best to add my twist and replicate. I am getting better in few aspects 😉

I tried this tomato chutney and absolutely loved the taste. I applied this on my sandwich and grilled like a panini..that was yum! So if you were thinking about how to replace your mint chuntey..try this with Tomato chutney.

All is what I did to prepare my Tomato chutney 😀 Enjoy!!!

Ingredients –

Olive Oil – 1 tbsp (I am bit stingy on oil intake..add 2-4 tbsp for your version)
Cumim seeds – 1/2 tsp
mustard seed – 1/2 tsp
Red Chillies – 3-4 (add more if you like spicy)
Corriander leaves – 1 small bunch
Hing – pinch
Garlic – 4-6
Ginger – 1/2 inch
Green chillies – 2
Almonds – 8
Urad Dal – 2 tbl sps
Tamrind – 1 small lemon size
Tomatoes chopped – 6-8 (I had a box of cherry tomatoes and I used them all)
Mint – 1/2 bunch

In a pan add oil and when it is hot, add the above ingredients in the same order. Cook the tomatoes till the water evaporates and it is mashy.
Cool this and make a paste like chutney.

Next for tadka – heat oil again another 1 -2 tsp (;P), add urad dal and curry leaves and pour this tadka over chutney and enjoy with bread or rice. I also love this with yogurt rice.

You can keep this for more than a week in refrigerator as it is well cooked.

Hope you all try and let me know how you like it.


My iPhone Apps

Apple’s new iPhone and for few Android phones changed the way we live. I am hooked on to my phone for everything from calendar lookup,, email, music, maps, video. I wanted to share my favorite apps. Here is my top 10 must have’s.

1. Calendar – I forget everything easily..if it not on my calendar alert..expect forgotten 😉
2. Email – All my personal emails are only checked on my phone..the problem is I forget to respond at times as I might be always checking in a hurry 😦
3. Youtube – Love watching my cooking videos and for my son he loves watching them too along with some kids videos.
4. What’s app – It is a blessing. Now I can chat, group chat with all my closest friends, best friends, family..this is a app I love!!!!
5. Facebook – yeah I browse through the feeds when I can like my emails 😉
6. Saavn – I am finally able to see what’s new out there in hindi and listen to them..
7. Solitaire – I love playing the game.
8. Browser – I can really search anything that is on my mind..sometimes I have all 8 parallel sessions open 😀
9. Cut the rope, Cooking dash and many other games I have graduated 😀
10. Maps – what would I do if not for maps and direction?

What is your favorite?

Looking for a new start :-)




I have been reading blogs for many years and always wondered if I can ever be in that state of mind to be able to share anything. I have few inspirations among friends and from my favorite blogs I read. So finally…here I am starting with a new thought for a new change in me…to that I want to share the quote with my friends who are reading this..there is always a new beginning.