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Tomato Chutney

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Tomator Chutney or pickled tomato is a typical Bengali preparation, which is served to finish off the Bengali meal, just before serving dessert. It is very delectable with a sweet and sour taste. You can adjust the sweetness according to your preference by adjusting the quantity of sugar.
Ingredients
  Tomatoes 6 Medium, cut in quarters
  Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Oil 2 Tablespoon
  Bay leaves 2 Medium
  Turmeric powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (or more, as per taste)
  Salt To Taste
  Raisin 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), soaked in warm water
Directions

GETTING READY
1) In a bowl, soak the raisins in warm water for 15-20 minutes. Drain the raisins and place aside.

MAKING
2) Add the oil in a skillet and heat over high heat.
3) Add the mustard seeds and bay leaves, wait for splattering the mustard seeds.
4) Add the tomato pieces and sauté in hot oil.
5) Reduce the heat to medium and season the tomatoes with turmeric powder and salt.
6) Cover the skillet and simmer for 10 minutes. Occasionally check the tomatoes and stir well, so that they do not get stuck with the skillet.
7) Remove the cover , add the raisins and blend the tomatoes with a spatula.
8) Add the sugar and combine thoroughly, until it completely dissolves.
9) Cook the chutney for another 5 minutes or so, until it reaches desired consistency. The chutney should be thick and sticky.
10) Transfer on a bowl and allow to cool at room temperature before placing inside refrigerator to chill.

SERVING
11) Serve the Tomator Chutney chilled at the end of any Bengali meal or with paratha or luchi or khichuri.

TIPS
You can add soaked cashew nuts and dates to the chutney to make it more delicious. For extra flavor, sprinkle roasted cumin seed powder on the chutney, as garnish.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Bengali
Course: 
Side Dish
Taste: 
Sweet Sour
Dish: 
Chutney
Occasion: 
Durga Puja
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Tomato
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Story
Tomator Chutney is a favorite of my family, particularly the kids. I prepare this often and store in an airtight container inside the refrigerator to use throughout the week. This preparation is essential with Khichuri Bhog, which is prepared for any Puja offering. I am sure you are going to like this typical Bengali chutney preparation.

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Lakshya's picture
THANKS! Reminds me of my childhood in Bengal, eating Khichuri and chutney in the Durga Pujo Pandal on Maha-ashtami Bhog