What started out as a personal site is now a resource pool for lovers of Indian vegetarian foods. You will find recipes of authentic healthy and tasty Indian foods, a whole range of southern Indian flavors in particular. Some are a mix and match of spices I grew up with new ones I have discovered. Over time, this site will expand to other cuisines, all vegetarian.

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Green Tomato Curry

Flavorful and Aromatic Green tomatoes Curry - Southern Indian Style

Ingredients:

  • 6 green tomatoes, cut into cubes
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup dry unsalted peanuts
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 Tbsp urad dhal
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cumin
  • 1 Tbsp fresh coriander
  • 2 tsps. red chilie powder
  • 2 Tbsps. of olive or canola oil
  • 1 tsp. asafoetida/hing
  • Salt to taste
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • Fresh coriander leaves

Method:
Dry roast a portion of the cumin and coriander. Coarsely grind the two.

Heat oil in a wok or pan. Add mustard seeds, let them crackle. Add the remaining cumin and coriander seeds. After they turn golden brown, add the onions. Sauté the onions until translucent. Add the tomatoes, turmeric, chilie, hing and salt (as required). Mix well and cook tomatoes until soft but not mushy..

Remove from stove. Spread the remaining coriander, cumin powder and coarsely cracked peanuts over the cooked tomatoes. Mix in. Add the curry leaves and coriander leaves.

Great side dish for chapathis or rice dishes.

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The spice box on the right is a must in a kitchen that desires Indian food.

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