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 again..like 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 said..here is what I did to prepare my Tomato chutney 😀 Enjoy!!!
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.