There were times when I used to come home so tired after work and the prospect of cooking dinner seemed liked the last thing I ever wanted to do… But being a person who loves home-cooked food, I used to buckle up and ponder what I could cook up in a jiffy with least effort. Invariably eight times out of ten, this dish pops to my head. Simple curry that can be made with some very basic ingredients found in any Indian kitchen! Takes about 20 mins and doesn’t need too much attention… My grandmother used to make this and I learned this from my mother… If you like tomatoes and ginger and need a quick accompaniment for your dosa, roti or idli…think no more… read below and try it out today!
Tomatoes – 4 to 5 Nos (Medium sized)
Green chillies – 2 Nos (for medium spicy)
Ginger – a 1.5 to 2 inch piece (finely chopped)
Jaggery – 1 small chunk (about an inch –this is also based on your desired sweet levels).
For tempering or tadka
Olive oil – 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds – a little bit.
Ulad dal – 1 tsp
Chana dal – 1 tsp
Cumin – 1 tsp (Optional)
Finely chop the ginger and set aside. Also chop the tomatoes well and keep it ready.
Take a kadai and first add the olive oil. Once the oil starts heating up add the mustard seeds and once it starts popping, add the remaining ingredients under the tempering section above. Once the dals start turning brown, add the chopped pieces of ginger and saute for about a minute. Then add the finely chopped tomatoes and drop in the small chunk of jaggery piece to it.
Add salt as required. Once the tomatoes are cooked well and the dish has the consistency of a curry, switch off gas and let cool. Serve and enjoy.
1) Those of you who do not want it to be sweet with the tangy flavour of tomatoes, can omit the jaggery .
2) If you like sweet-tangy-salty taste in dishes, go ahead and add the jaggery chunk. If you do not have jaggery – just add about 1 or 2 tsp of sugar as per your taste.
3) You can improvise the above basic dish depending on your taste palate. For eg:
a) We love both ginger and mint a lot..So I normally add lots of ginger and mint(chopped finely ) while cooking the tomatoes.
b) If you want a very spicy version, add chilli powder or increase the number of green chillies being used.
c) You can squeeze in a little bit of lemon juice if you want to!
d) You can add freshly chopped basil in addition to ginger if you like herbs( any herbs for that matter)…Just some ideas here.
The sky is the limit when it comes to your imagination. ! 🙂
Even if you do not add any extra ingredients, the above dish with the basic ingredients itself tastes great….
I serve it with dosa, idli, roti, bread…anything..simple dish in a matter of few mins. One of my all time favorites! Warm , fragrant and an easy one… 🙂