Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tomato jam

  • Ripe and firm tomatoes - 750 grams
  • Sugar - 1 cup,heaped
  • cinnamon powdered - 1/4 tsp
  • ginger grated - 1/2 inch piece
  • lemon juice - 4 tsp
  • red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Wash the tomatoes well and chop roughly into pieces.
  • Add the pieces into a blender and make a puree.
  • Add the puree,sugar in a saucepan and stir on a high flame till the sugar melts.
  • Add cinnamon powder,lemon juice,grated ginger and cook on a medium flame stirring continuously till it becomes a thick solution.
  • Set aside to cool completely and transfer into a bottle.
Have with rotis/puris.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Carrot Palak curry

  • Carrot - 5
  • Palak - 5 small bunches
  • onion - 1 big,finely chopped
  • Green chillies - 4,chopped finely
  • tomatoes - 2,chopped
  • ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Jeera - 1 tsp
  • turmeric powder - a pinch
  • Salt - to taste
  • Garam masala powder - 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Fresh cream - 2 tbsp( optional, you can also add milk)
  • Peel off the skin and grate carrot.
  • Wash the palak well and chop well.
  • Heat oil in a kadai.Add jeera,when it splutters,add onion,ginger garlic paste,green chillies and saute for few seconds.
  • Add tomatoes and saute for few minutes.
  • Add chopped palak and saute for sometime.Add grated carrot,turmeric powder,coriander powder,salt and saute till the raw smell goes off.
  • Sprinkle garam masala powder and add fresh cream.
  • Mix well till it gets blended well with the carrot sabzi.
Serve hot with rotis.

Cream of tomato soup

Amidst the hike in petrol prices thing I found which is really cheap are the tomatoes....Here in Hyderabad ,you get 3 kgs of tomatoes for just 5 rupees!!!So its the time for tomato pickles ,soup,jam and lots is the recipe for tomato soup in hotel style..

This recipe serves 5 bowls.

  • Fresh ripe tomatoes - 10 medium sized (any variety,I have used the country ones)
  • onion - 1 big
  • Garlic pods - 6
  • cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • pepper corns - 10
  • Fresh pepper powder - 1 tsp( can be added later as per taste)
  • salt - to taste
  • butter - 1 tsp
  • oil - 1 tsp
  • turmeric powder - a pinch
  • sugar - 2 tsp( add more if the tomatoes are very sour)
  • corn flour - 1/2 tsp dissolved in water
  • Fresh cream - for garnishing
If you get celery ,you can add it for additional taste.

Bread croutons:
Chop the bread slices into cubes and roast it in a non stick pan with 1 tsp of ghee/butter.

  • Wash the tomatoes well and chop them roughly into pieces.Chop the onion too.
  • Heat a saucepan ,add butter and oil.
  • When its hot add cinnamon,onion, garlic pods,(celery if available) and saute till it turns translucent.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes,turmeric powder,pepper corns and saute for few seconds till the raw smell goes off.
  • Add little water , 1 tsp of milk and cook covered for 5 to 10 min till the tomatoes get cooked completely.

  • Set aside to cool.After it cools down to room temperature ,strain the excess water and keep aside.
  • Add the residue in a blender and make a puree.
  • Add the puree with the strained stock in the same saucepan with salt,sugar and pepper powder.
  • Adjust water if its too thick.The consistency should be slightly watery.
  • Stir and cook till it boils.

  • Add the corn flour syrup and mix well.Add 2 tsp of fresh cream and switch off in 10 sec.
Serve the yummy soup piping hot .Garnish with bread croutons and a tsp of fresh cream.

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