Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Green Tomato Sweet and Spicy Curry

Green Tomatoes Sweet and Spicy Curry is a bit sweet curry/menasukai/kairasa/gojju. Tomatoes are from our garden and makes me more happy to tell you Thats a nice thing to have plants at home. You can just pluck it and prepare it.

I have used green raw tomatoes, colocasia stems (which are also from our home garden) and some spices which adds to the taste.
Green tomato curry taste like menasukai as we say in Kannada which is one of the traditional dish. Menasu Kai (green chilly) is very famous and a must dish during feast. It has savoury, sweet and spicy taste.
Let us see some benefits of using " Turmeric powder " in our cooking.
Turmeric/Haladi/Yellow Powder has been used in India as spice and medicinal herb for thousands of years. The Curcumin is the main ingredient in turmeric and it has anti inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It helps the body to fight against infections and has the ability to repair the damages caused. It also helps to improve brain function and lower the risk of brain disease. It lowers the heart diseases. It is also said that turmeric helps to prevent cancer. Turmeric is a good remedy for joint inflammation. It helps to control diabetes, reduces the cholesterol level in our body and a good immunity booster.
Let us see the recipe now : Happy to use tomatoes which are grown in our garden.

Things Needed :

To Cook :
Green Tomatoes : 10 to 12 (Small sized)
Kesuvina Dantu/Colocasia stems : 1 Cup
Jaggery : 2 Tablespoons
Tamarind Pulp : 2 Tablespoons
Salt : As required

For frying : Spices :
Methi/Fenugrik Seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1Teaspoon
Channa Dal : 1 Teaspoon
Red chilly :Byadagi chilly : 5 to 6
Coriander Seeds : 1 Tablespoon
Jeera : 1/2 Teaspoon
Sesame Seeds/Ellu/Til : 1 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
Ingh/Asafoetida : A pinch

For Grinding :
Coconut : 1/2 Cup
Fried spices
For Seasoning :
Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh /Asafoetida : a pinch
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6

Method :

1. Wash and cut tomatoes and colocasia stems into small pieces. (Remove the outer layer of colocasia stems before cutting into small)

2. Soak gooseberry size tamarind in hot water for 5 minutes and squeeze out the pulp and keep the pulp aside.
3. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon of oil, 1/4 teaspoon of methi/fenugrik seeds.
Fry it till they turn slightly brown. Add red chilly and fry for 30 seconds.
4. Add Urid dal, channa dal and fry nicely. Add coriander seeds and sesame seeds. Fry for a minute.

5. Add curry leaves. 1/2 teaspoon of jeera/cumin seeds and put off the fire. Add ingh.
6. Mix all the ingredients well and let it cool. Grind it with little water and remove from the mixi jar.
7. Add coconut to the fried ingredients and grind it nicely with required water.

8. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add 1 teaspoon of oil and mustard seeds. Let it splutter.
9. Add curry leaves and ingh/Asafoetida, cut tomatoes and colocasia stems. Mix it nicely and fry.
10. Fry nicely for 5 minutes and add tamarind pulp and jaggery. (2 to 3 tablespoons).
11. Add little turmeric powder and required salt. Let it cook till it turns soft.

12. Add ground spice coconut mixture and mix it well. Boil it for 3 to 4 minutes.

13. Shift the ready " Green tomato Sweet and Spicy Curry" to a serving bowl.

14. Serve with the main dish you have prepared.

Note :

Adding colocasia stems is optional. Adding more/less jaggery is optional. Adding more/less chilly is optional.
Time  30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4. 
Home grown tomatoes from our garden.

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My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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