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Tomato Saaru

  Tomatoes 2 Large
  Green chilies 2
  Dried red chilies 2
  Cumin seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Coriander seeds 1 Tablespoon
  Tamarind paste 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Mustard seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Curry leaves 4
  Grated coconut 1 Tablespoon (Fresh/Frozen)
  Ginger 1 Inch
  Jaggery 1 Tablespoon
  Cilantro 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Asafoetida 1 Pinch
  Salt To Taste
  Coconut oil 3 Tablespoon

Dice the tomatoes, roughly chop the cilantro.
Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds.coriander seeds, green chillies, red chillies, chopped ginger one by one and saute till the coriander seeds turn light brown. Add coconut and saute again for few seconds. Keep it aside and allow it to cool. Grind to a smooth paste by adding little water.
Heat one cup of water in another deep vessel and add diced tomatoes, salt and jaggery. Cook till the tomatoes are soft.
Add the ground masala along with chopped cilantro, and tamarind paste. Add enough water to make it medium thick and bring it to a boil.
Lower the heat and cook for about 5 minutes.
Now heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add curry leaves and asafoetida. Saute for about 5 seconds. Pour it over the tomato mixture and cover the pan immediately. Serve hot with steamed white rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Everyday, Party, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
20 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 170 Calories from Fat 122

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 14 g21.8%

Saturated Fat 11 g54.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 119.9 mg5%

Total Carbohydrates 12 g4%

Dietary Fiber 4.1 g16.5%

Sugars 6.3 g

Protein 2 g4.8%

Vitamin A 24.2% Vitamin C 46%

Calcium 5.3% Iron 9.1%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Jayashree's picture
I tried this and it came out very good. I fried some long sliced onions and added them while boiling tomatoes and had this with rice and like a chutney for dosa, it was good. Thanks.
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
Thanks for trying the recipe Jayashree. I like it too. It is served with rice in the temple at my natice.
Radzie's picture
Hi Sarita.. We try something similar at home, but to go with Roti and Chappathi; with the difference we limit the usage of spices. Great recipe, will have to try it for lunch once!
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
Thanks Radzie, Do try and let me know.
srividya76's picture
Nice recipe Sarita. Thank you for posting.
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
Thanks Srividya.
Chinmayi's picture
Hi Sarita... Can you tell me, if traditionally, any type of Daal (eg. toor daal - in a very small quantity) is used over & above the ingredients you listed? Thanks.
Tomato Saaru Recipe