Collection of tomato recipes.
Tomato is a nutrient-dense superfood that is packed with a range of benefits. Tomatoes are a key ingredient when making a typical Punjabi curry. It is also used in many South Indian dishes. This is something you can always find in my kitchen.
Tomatoes originated from South America and the wild ones that grew there were small pea-sized. It was then introduced to Europe by the Spanish. They are cultivated in places with warmer climates. Tomatoes are relatively easy to grow and they flourish in our veggie patch during summer.
Benefits of tomato
Tomato is a nutrient-dense superfood that is packed with a range of benefits. It helps with controlling blood sugar, aids digestion, and helps build immunity. Tomato is a rich source of beta carotene which helps improve vision. It is also a great source of vitamins and antioxidants.
How to select tomato for these recipes
There are numerous varieties of tomatoes available. The best tomatoes are plump, bright, and juicy. Choose tomatoes that are slightly heavy for their size. The juicier the tomatoes, the heavier they are. The outer skin should be free from blemish or spots. Fresh tomatoes are slightly firm yet soft and slightly squeezes when pressed. Overripe tomatoes are great for making tomato puree or sauces. Good tomatoes also smell good. Smell the stem part of the tomato. It should have a strong aromatic earthy smell to it. The more fragrant the tomato, the tastier it is.
It is best to store tomatoes at room temperature. Never store the tomatoes in the refrigerator as they lose their freshness and taste. Tomatoes need to be placed in a cool place and not a cold place (the refrigerator). The cold temperatures of the refrigerator will make the tomatoes flavourless and give them a sandy or grainy texture. Place the tomatoes stem-side down in a dark and dry spot away from sunlight. Place the tomatoes in a single layer and leave them uncovered.
My collection of tomato recipes
Tomatoes are used a lot in Indian cooking and form the base of many curries. Here are some recipes where the tomato is the main ingredient. While the world debates on whether it is a fruit or a vegetable, try these delicious tomato recipes and enjoy.
Tomato Rice: Tomato rice or tomato bath is a popular dish from Karnataka, made with loads of tomatoes and freshly ground spices. This spicy, tangy dish is ready in no time and is a great weekday meal. They are great for lunch boxes too.
Instant Tomato Pickle: Tomato thokku or instant tomato pickle is a spicy tangy instant pickle that is served as an accompaniment. This instant tomato pickle is very simple to make and can stay fresh for up to one week in the refrigerator.
Mysore Rasam: Mysore rasam is a tangy lentil soup made with toor dal (pigeon pea), tomatoes, and a freshly ground spice mix called rasam powder. Rasam is referred to as ‘saaru’ in Karnataka. While a typical rasam is watery and served mostly like a soup, Mysore rasam is prepared thick and is served with rice.
Sourdough Sun-dried Tomato and Olive Bread: Small pockets of sweet-tangy tomatoes and fruity olives tucked in a loaf of tangy sourdough bread is something you don't want to miss. The crust of this sundried tomato and olive sourdough bread is soft, unlike regular sourdough bread. The crumb is super-soft with small bubbles from perfect fermentation. But my favourite part is the intensely tarty sun-dried tomatoes.
Paneer Tamatar Bhurji: Paneer tamatar bhurji literally translates to scrambled cottage cheese and tomatoes. Paneer that has two textures, one crumbled and the other diced in silky tangy tomato gravy is so so wonderful.
Tomato Soup: If there is one thing that most Indians order at a restaurant, it's this – tomato soup. It is an integral part of every Indian restaurant menu. Obviously, tomato is the main ingredient here. It is very important to choose ripe, juicy tomatoes to make this soup. This luscious, rich soup is so satisfying and comforting on a cold winter night.
Tomato Chutney: Hot, spicy, tangy tomato chutney is a perfect accompaniment with any south Indian breakfast. This vegan chutney is very easy to make and uses some basic ingredients. It can also be used as a spread to lift up the taste of a simple sandwich many folds.
Tomato Dates Chutney: The Bengali style tomato date chutney is a sweet, savoury, and tangy chutney. In a proper Bengali meal, this chutney is used as a palate cleanser and served along with papad just before desserts.
Homemade Tomato Puree: Tomato puree is a cooking essential made with ripe and juicy tomatoes. Tomato puree is made by briefly cooking the tomatoes, removing their skin, and then pureeing it. Tomato puree can be used to make the base of several curries. They can also be used to make sauces and soups.
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