6 January, 2015
Roasted Tomato Salsa (Bhune Tamatar Ki Chutney)Comments : 1 Posted in : Bachelor's Room, Chutneys, Health Garden, Tango Lounge on by : Isha K Tags: Black salt, Cumin, Tomato
Sometimes I feel this world would be incomplete without tomatoes, don’t you also feel..?? I mean, if tomatoes won’t exist, then what else.. Imagine the world without ketchups, salsa, soup, great tomato delicacies and even La Tomatina festival of Spain :P. This incredible fruit or vegetable which is still a confusion, though, has some magical flavor which puts life into your food. It is the base of many recipes and could be cherished raw also, and if we talk about the health benefits then they are loaded with many of them.
This chutney or salsa is the great accompaniment with Daal Bati, Daal Chawal, Nachos, Chillas, Khakhra, Thepla, paranthas, Missi Roti and almost everything plus it is so colorful ^_^. This chutney is the traditional recipe of my family still filling our stomachs with all its love and memories and now sharing with all of you. The recipe is very simple, exquisite, full of flavors specially the smoky flavor you get from roasting the tomatoes and is made with love, even bachelors can do it without any fuss. All you need is some good tomatoes, onions, green chilies, and coriander leaves. It tastes better when prepared with an Indian variety of tomatoes, which simply means, Desi tomatoes easily available with sabjiwalas.
Tomato: 15 No. Small size & 10 Nos. If you are using medium sized tomatoes.
Shallots or simple onions(small) : 4 Nos. Finely chopped
Green Chillies: 3-4 Nos. Finely Chopped
Coriander Leaves: Finely Chopped
Salt: to taste
Black Salt: 1 teaspoon
Oil/Olive Oil: 1 Tablespoon
Cumin Seeds (Jeera): 1 Tablespoon
1. Wash the tomatoes and roast them in an open flame. Earlier choolha or angithi was used, but nowadays they rarely exist. Avoid ovens to roast your tomatoes, they will not give you that smoky flavor which you can manage with your gas stove, similarly like which you get in baingan ka bharta. You don’t have to apply oil to the tomatoes, just simply put them on the stove on low to medium flame, keep turning them upside down. The outer skin will turn black when they are roasted. You can see it in the above pictorial collage.
2. Till then chop your onion, green chillies and coriander leaves. I’ve used 2 shallots also which are also known as Madras onions, they are mild in taste. If you don’t find shallots, then you can also use the simple onions which are available in your kitchen.
3. When tomatoes are fully roasted then peel off the black part, it is quite messy but I love it clearing off because I know what I am gonna get over, the yummiest chutney of this world.
4. Then squeeze and mash the tomatoes, add finely chopped onions, green chillies, coriander leaves, salt, and black salt.
5. Take your tempering pan, heat oil and add cumin seeds (jeera). Put this tempering into salsa.
Your smoky, roasted tomato chutney is ready to serve and relish.
Tomatoes were first originated in South America and its use as a food originated in Mexico, that’s why it is also used as a main ingredient in some of the Mexican delicacies. There are a large variety of tomatoes which are grown throughout the world, also sometimes in greenhouses during winters where the climate is extremely cold. Tomatoes are super healthy, they have Vitamin C, they are fat-free. One serving of red, ripe, raw tomatoes (one cup or 150 grams) is a good source of Vitamins A, C, K, folate and potassium. Tomatoes are naturally low in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories.
On top of that, one serving of tomatoes gives you 2 grams of fiber, which is 7% of the daily recommended amount. Tomatoes also have a relatively high water content, which makes them a filling food. Tomatoes can help you lose weight. If you are on a sensible diet and exercise plan, build lots of tomatoes into your everyday eating. They make a great snack and can be used to “bulk up” salads, casseroles, sandwiches and other meals. Because tomatoes contain lots of water and fiber, they are what Weight Watchers calls a “filling food,” one of those foods that fills you up fast without adding a lot of calories or fat.
Good fact for those who are very particular about their skin and hair, start having tomatoes for sure. They make your skin look great and remove the tan you get. Tomato lycopene also makes skin less sensitive to UV light damage, a leading cause of fine lines and wrinkles. Tomatoes will even make your hair look better.The vitamin A found in tomatoes works to make the hair strong and shiny. (Sorry, tomatoes cannot help much with thinning hair—but they will make the hair you have look better!)
It also makes your bone stronger. The vitamin K and calcium in tomatoes are both very good for strengthening and repairing bones. Lycopene also has been shown to improve bone mass, which is a great way to fight osteoporosis. So these soft soft tomatoes make your bones stronger.Tomatoes are a natural cancer fighter. Lycopene (again!) can reduce the risk of several cancers, including prostate, cervical, mouth, pharynx, throat, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectal, prostate and ovarian cancer. Tomatoes’ antioxidants (vitamins A and C) fight the free radicals which can cause cell damage.
Being a good source of chromium, they also help in reducing blood sugar. Tomatoes can improve your vision. The vitamin A that tomatoes provide can improve vision and help prevent night blindness. Recent research shows that consuming tomatoes may help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a serious and irreversible eye condition.They can reduce chronic pain also. If you are one of the millions of people who deal with mild to moderate chronic pain (such as from arthritis or back pain), tomatoes may be a pain-buster. Tomatoes are high in bioflavonoids and carotenoids, which are known anti-inflammatory agents. Chronic pain often involves chronic inflammation, so attacking the inflammation is a good way to fight the chronic pain. (Many commercial drugs that fight pain are actually anti-inflammatory drugs.) Avoid tomatoes if you have kidney and gall bladder stones.You can have tomatoes in many ways:1. Use them in salads. Add a pinch of black salt to it.2. Make Sandwiches with tomato3. Take it as a stew or soup.4. If you are an egg lover then add it to your scrambled egg recipe, I always add them.5. Make pasta in tomato sauce.6. Make stuffed tomatoes.6. Make salsa or chutney, and do try this Roasted Tomato Salsa. 🙂