Monday, December 28, 2015

Onion Tomato Chutney

A warm hello to all the blog readers in this lovely wintry festive season. I recently had 'Dosas' and 'Idlis' in one of the local roadside food joint in Hyderabad. What a terrific preparation I must say!! It is worth watching how they prepare so many of those lovely mini dosas on the big 'Dosa' pan kept in open for the customers, dropping dollops of Amul butter and Cheese on the various ordered dosas. Your appetite just doubles up seeing those preparations. Apart from the coconut chutney, they were also serving 'Onion-Tomato' chutney which was so tangy and yummy adding up to the taste of Dosas. I asked one of the guy standing on the other side of preparation counter about the ingredients they had put in it and here I am now sharing that lovely recipe with all you people here. It is a wonderful addition to your home-made South Indian food. I even sometimes have it with my regular 'Dal-Roti' also. It is so easy to prepare and tastes yummy.

List Of Ingredients

  • Sunflower Oil-2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida- A pinch
  • Garlic Paste-1/2 tsp (Garlic Cloves- 4 to 5)
  • Chana Dal-1 tsp
  • Dried Red Chillies-1
  • Chopped Large Onion-1
  • Chopped Medium Tomatoes-2
For tempering
  • Oil-1/2 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds-1 tsp
  • Lemon Juice-1/2 tsp (optional)

Steps to Prepare:

Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, asafoetida and red chillies. When the seeds begin to crackle add chana dal and garlic paste. Stir for 10-15 seconds.
Add chopped onion to the above spices. Cook till onion turns pink and mushy.
Add chopped tomatoes and let them cook on low flame till the tomatoes are mushy. Switch off  the flame and let the mixture cool for sometime.
Add the roasted spices, onion and tomato mixture to a blending jar.
Blend well to get fine thick paste like consistency.
At the end, squeeze half a fresh lemon over it. You can skip this step if the tomatoes are sufficient ly sour. Temper it with some roasted mustard seeds.

Enjoy this chutney with your Dosa/Idlis/Uttapam!!

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