Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tomato Chutney

Recipe No: 82
This is my favorite chutney to eat with Dosa and Idli. I usually make this when tomatoes are really plump and ripe. It is not desirable to use canned tomatoes for this particular dish.
Ingredients                                         Serves 4
  • Oil…………….................2 Teaspoons
  • Urad Dal……….............1 Tablespoon
  • Grated Coconut…….....1/4 Cup
  • Sliced Onion…………….1 Cup
  • Chopped Tomato……...3 Cup
  • Red Chilly Powder…….3/4 Teaspoon
  • Salt…………………………1/2 Teaspoon or to your taste
Method of Preparation
  1. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a pan on medium high heat and fry Urad Dal for 30 seconds.
  2. To the Urad Dal add grated Coconut and fry till the water content is gone. Don’t brown.
  3. Remove the coconut mixture into the bowl of a blender.
  4. In the same pan add another teaspoon of Oil and saute the Onion till it starts to wilt. Don’t saute for too long.
  5. Add the chopped Tomatoes and saute till it is also heated through.
  6. Switch off the flame and blend the tomato mixture together with the coconut mixture, Chilly powder and Salt to a course consistency. There is no need to add more water as the water from the tomatoes and onion will be enough.
  7. Serve it hot or at room temperature with Idli or Dosa.
  • I love to keep this course as I can bite the Urad Dal and Coconut here and there. But the consistency is entirely up to your liking.
  • If fresh coconut is not available, it is perfectly okay to use unsweetened dessicated coconut.
  • Do take care while blending hot things. Leave a small space open so that the vapor can escape. Cover that space with a piece of cloth or a kitchen towel to prevent hot liquid  from splattering out.

Make it enjoy the deliciousness and
serve it to your family with love…


Liz said...

This is pretty much the way I make. The only difference is that I saute all the ingredients together in the same pan until cooked, add a bit of chopped celantro (whenever I have it in stock!), and grind. My son MUST have this with dosa/idli; and if I don't add celantro he'd ask "where are the green spots?"!
Great going Asha. Good luck with your challenge

Asha said...

Thank you Liz...Next time I will try it with Cilantro

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