I love looking for connections in cuisines from around the world. It helps me understand that although we are different, we underlying fundamentals are the same.
One such connect is noticed was in the Mexican salsa and our South Indian Tomato Gojju.
The fundamental base being tomatoes, onions, lemon and cilantro. This beautiful condiment is a great snack to eat at any time of the day, accompanied with chips, crispy dosa(rice pancakes) or even steamed rice.
Got a few overripe tomatoes? Turn them into a Gojju( as it is called in south India).
It is a healthy dish that can be stored in your freezer for weeks, which in books, is a winner as it helps me on those days where I am just too tired to cook.
Tomato Gojju recipe:
1. Finely chop an onion, green chilli and garlic.
2. Finely chop 4-5 tomatoes(it helps if the tomatoes are a bit overripe).
3. In a frying pan, add a teaspoon of oil and once hot, throw in a teaspoon of mustard seeds and urid dal.
4. Once brown, add the finally chopped ingredients from step 1 and fry till cooked.
5. Add a teaspoon of tumeric, chilli powder and a teaspoon of tamarind paste.
6. Finally add the tomatoes and cook until the mixture becomes a paste.
7. Add finely chopped cilantro or curry leaves based on your preference.
8. Serve with a crisp dosa and enjoy!