Showing posts with label Tomato. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tomato. Show all posts

Sunday 29 October 2023


Its a classic Sicilian starter or a side dish.

The sweet and sour dish is eaten with bruschetta,  meat or fish, rice or pasta. It’s a type of vegetarian relish, some add fish to the dish. It’s made with egg plants , bell peppers, celery, tomatoes, zucchini, onions, olives, capers etc. Apart from the vegetables white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar is added for the tanginess and honey, raisins or sugar is added to the dish for sweetness. Some time pine nuts are also added. Each house has their own variant of making Caponata. This dish is eaten when warm, room temperature or cold .. this dish can be cooked a day prior and refrigerated and eaten the next day. 

3 Long Eggplant cut into cubes 
1 Yellow Zucchini cut into cubes 
1 small Red Bell Pepper cut into half and sliced 
1 Onion cut into half and sliced 
1 Celery stalk sliced 
5 to 6 crushed Garlic 
4 tbsp Green Olives sliced 
Few fresh Parsley for garnishing 
2 tbsp Capers or Pickled Green Peppercorn 
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Pepper corn crushed 
4 tbsp White wine vinegar or Red wine vinegar 
3 tbsp Tomato sauce 
1 tbsp Honey 
2 tbsp Olive Oil 
Sprinkle little salt and drizzle little oil on the egg plants and zucchini, grill the vegetables at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes. Keep them aside. Take a pan, add the olive oil, add the onion, garlic,  bell pepper, and celery, sauté until the onions are lightly browned. Add the olives, capers or pickled pepper corn, tomato sauce, white wine or red wine vinegar, honey, salt and crushed pepper. Stir and sauté for few seconds, add the grilled egg plants and zucchini. Stir and cook for another minute. Sprinkle fresh parsley. Let the dish come to a room temperature, serve the dish with bruschetta. 

Thursday 20 October 2016

Maccher Dopiaza / Fish Dopiaza....

Dopiaza means 2 onions. It is a  South-Asian Curry dish. This dish was accidentally innovated in the kitchen of Mugal Emperor Akbar. This dish is very popular in countries like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and is adapted as per the communities living in that place. 
The onions are used in two stages. It is prepared with a large amount of onions, once caramelised and another with onion paste. This dish is usually made with non vegetarian ingredients mainly meat,but now a days vegetarian Dopiaza is also made. A souring agent is added to the dish.The other ingredients which are used are meat, onions, ginger and garlic paste, whole spices and powder spices. 

Here I have made Fish Dopiaza in Bangladeshi style. I have used Katla Fish. Any other fish like Rui, Prawns,Telapia,Bhetki can be used to make this dish. I have used tomatoes, but it can be replaced with curd or both can be used in equal proportion. 

8 pieces of Katla Fish marinated with 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder and Salt. 
1 tbsp Ginger - Garlic and Green Chilli paste 
1 small Onion paste
3 medium size Onions cut into thick sliced 
2 medium size Tomatoes cut into thick sliced or 1/2 cup Curd or 1 Tomato and 1/4 cup Curd 
2 Green Chillies silt
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Cumin powder 
1/2 tsp Coriander powder 
1/4 tsp Garam Masala powder 
1/4 tsp Pepper powder 
1/4 tsp or more Red Chilli powder as required
1/2 tsp Sugar 
Salt to taste 
2 Cloves
1 Green Cardomom
1 small stick Cinnamon 
5 to 6 Peppercorn 
2 Bay leaves 
Mustard Oil for Frying the Fish 
4 tbsp Oil taken from the same oil in which the fish was fried 
or Ghee for the Gravy 

Take a pan, add oil and heat it till the smoking point. Reduce the heat. Fry the fish pieces till light golden brown in colour. Remove the fish pieces and keep it aside. Remove the excess oil from the pan leaving 3 tbsp of the oil or ghee can also be used. Add the cardomom, cinnamon, cloves and pepper corn. Sauté it till it crackles. Add the green chillies and bay leaves. Sauté it for another few seconds. Add the sliced onions, sauté it for a minute, add the sugar. Sauté it till the onions become pink in colour. Add the onion paste and ginger - garlic - chilli paste. Sauté it for 2 minutes till the masalas starts to separate from the oil. Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, cumin powder,coriander powder, pepper powder, garam masala powder and salt. Stir and cook for a minute. Add the tomatoes or curd, stir and cook for 2 minutes till the tomatoes become mushy. Add a cup of water and let the gravy simmer for a minute. Arrange and place the fried fish in the gravy. Cover and cook for 2 minutes. Turn the fish pieces and cook for another 2 minutes. Serve it hot with hot steam rice or paratha. 

Sunday 16 October 2016

Tomato Khejur Aamshottor Chutney.....

Sweet chutney is a must have Bengali delicacy enjoyed at the last course of the meal with papad. There are various types of chutneys which are served for meals during celebrations and festivals. Tomato, date and dry mango pulp chutney is one of them. It can be kept for approximately 2 months in the refrigerator in a glass bottle. It is so scrumptious that it can be enjoyed with paratha, roti, luchi or just eaten like that. It is aways better to make it a day before as the taste enhances as it is stored. 

For the Spice Powder 
2 tsp Panch Phoran ( Equal portion of Nigella seeds, Celery seeds, Feaugreek seeds, Fennel seeds and Cumin seeds) 

The seeds are dry roasted and ground to powder. 

For the Chutney 
250 grams Ripe Tomatoes cut into pieces
1 tsp Ginger minced or paste 
1 cup of Dry Mango pulp / Aam Papad pieces 
1 cup of Dates / Khejur cut into pieces 
1/2 cup of Raisins / Kishmish
1/2 cup or more Sugar as per taste
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 
1/2 tsp Salt 
1/2 tsp Panch Phoran 
2 Dry Red Chillies 
2 Bay Leaves 
2 tbsp Mustard oil 

Take a wok, add oil and heat it well. Add the Panch phoren. Let it crackle. Add the dry red chillies, bay leaves and ginger paste. Sauté it for a minute. Add the tomatoes. Stir it, add salt and turmeric powder. Stir it, add the dry mango pulp, dates and raisins. Stir it and cook it for 2 minutes. Add the sugar, stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of water, stir, cover and cook till all the ingredients combines together and it becomes mushy. Add the panch phoran powder. Mix it well. Let it cool. Serve it with any meal. 

Tuesday 19 July 2016

Chickpea and Cottage Cheese Salad with Raw Mango and Coriander Chutney Dressing...

Chickpea and Cottage Cheese Salad with Raw Mango and Coriander Chutney Dressing...
This salad has an Indian touch made with green raw mango and coriander leaves chutney with a drizzle of mustard oil for flavour.... This can be served as a vegetarian starter dish.

For the Dressing
1 small bunch of Coriander leaves chopped
1 small Raw Mango chopped
2 Green chillies
1 small piece Ginger sliced
Salt to taste

Take a grinder and add coriander leaves, green chillies, raw mango, ginger and salt. Grind it into a paste. 

For the Salad
2 cups of boiled Chickpeas
1 cup of Cottage Cheese cut into small pieces
2 Cucumber cut into small cubes
2 Tomatoes cut into small cubes
1 Onion chopped
Few Coriander leaves chopped
1 tbsp Lime Juice
Green Chutney
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Mustard Oil

Take a bowl. Add the chickpeas,  cottage cheese, onion, tomato, cucumber and coriander leaves. Mix it.  Add the salt and lime juice. Mix it. Add the green chutney and mustard oil. Mix it. This salad can be served as a vegetarian starter. 

Sunday 1 May 2016



It is a traditional dish of Jordan and Palestine. The dish includes meat, rice, and fried vegetables placed in a pot, which is then flipped upside down when served, hence the name maqluba, which translates literally as "upside-down".When the casserole is inverted, the top is bright red colour from the tomatoes  and rest covered with other vegetables. It is usually served with either Yogurt or simple Arabic salad...
Net Source
Today I have made Veg Maqluba..and have adapted the recipe as per the availability of the ingredients in my kitchen...
1 1/2 cups Basmati Rice washed and soaked for 30 minutes
2 big size Potatoes peeled and cut into thick rounds
2 Eggplants cut into thick round
1 Cauliflower cut into medium florets
3 Tomatoes cut into thick rounds
1 Onion chopped
2 Garlic Clove chopped
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Cumin powder
1 1/2 tbsp Baharat powder
1/2 tsp Pepper powder
1/2 tsp Allspice powder
***1/2 tsp Cloves powder
     1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder
     1/4 tsp Nutmeg powder***
2 Bay Leaves
Salt to taste
4 1/2 cups of Vegetable stock or water
2 tbsp Oil
Oil to fry the Vegetables
1 tbsp Butter, melted
1 tbsp Almond and Pistachio flakes
Few Raisins and dry Berries  for garnishing

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pot, add bay leaves, onions and garlic, stir for 2 minutes.  Add salt, pepper, turmeric powder, cumin powder, allspices powder and baharat powder. Add 4 1/2 cups vegetable stock and let simmer for 10 minutes. Keep it aside.
Take another pan, heat the oil for frying. Add the  eggplant slices and fry it from both sides until golden brown. Take it out and on an absorbent paper, keep it aside. Fry the cauliflower florets and keep it aside. Fry the potatoes and keep it aside.
Take a heavy bottom pot. Grease it with butter. Arrange the tomato, eggplant, potatoes and cauliflower in layers. Pour 1/2 the stock, add the rice and then pour the remaining stock. Cover it and cook it on a low flame. Till the rice is cooked. Let it cool a bit, then carefully flip it up-side down on a serving platter. Garnish it with raisins, berries, almond and pistachio flakes. Serve hot with fresh yogurt or Arabic salad.

Baharat Spice powder
1 tbsp Coriander seeds
2 tbsp Cumin seeds
2 tbsp Pepper Corns
1 tbsp Cloves
2 to 3 sticks of Cinnamon
4 Cardomom
2 tbsp paprika / chill powder
1 small Nutmeg

Blend all the above spices in a blender. Store it in a dry glass container.


Saturday 12 March 2016

Ajarian Chirbuli

Ajarian Chirbuli

I found this dish while net researching. 
It is a dish from Georgia’s Ajara region. The eggs are made with tomato and walnut sauce. It is a popular breakfast dish. Different versions of Chirbuli are made in different regions of Georgia. It is worth the try. 
5 Eggs 
1 Big size Onion chopped 
3 Ripe Tomatoes chopped 
2 Garlic Clove chopped 
2 tbsp Basil Leaves chopped 
2 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped 
10 Walnut Kernels ground 
Salt to taste 
1 tsp Red chilli powder 
1 tsp of Corn flour
2 tbsp Butter

Melt the butter in a pan. Add the chopped onion and garlic. Saute it till light golden in colour. Add the tomatoes. Stir it. Add the corn flour, salt and chilli powder. Stir and continue cooking on low flame, stirring it frequently for 2 to 3 minutes. Add ground walnuts, coriander and basil into the pan and stir again. Carefully crack the eggs and add it on the chirbuli sauce. Let it cook for 3 minutes till the eggs are cooked.  Serve it hot.

Friday 19 February 2016

Palak Paneer Idli ( Punjabi Dakshini Delight ) served with Garlic Tomato Chutney

Spinach (Palak) is a rich source of Iron. Here is an unique healthy recipe for you from my kitchen that is a fusion of Punjabi and Dakshini Cuisine. 
For the Palak Paneer Idli
1 Kg  Idli Batter 
1 bowl Spinach chopped
1 bowl Cottage cheese  crumble 
1 Tomato chopped
1 Onion chopped
1 Green Chilli 
2 Garlic cloves 
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1/2 tsp a Chilli powder
1/2 tsp Cumin powder 
1 tbsp Oil 
1 tbsp Ghee
Handful of Spinach chopped 

Add 1 bowl spinach, tomato, onion, green chilli, garlic, salt, garam masala, chilli powder and cumin powder in a blender. Blend the ingredients into a purée. Take a pan, add oil, heat it. Add the purée and cook for 5 minutes. Add the cottage cheese, mix it. Take it of the flame. Add the purée into the idli batter, adjust the salt if need, add the chopped spinach. Mix it. Take the idli mould, apply ghee and pour in the batter. Steam the idlis. Once done, serve it with tomato chutney. 
P.S. It can be done with left over Palak paneer, mash the paneer in the left over Palak paneer before using. 

Garlic Tomato Chutney 

1 Garlic pod peeled and clean 
6 Dry Red Chillies
2 Tomatoes chopped 
Salt to taste

Add the above ingredients in a blender and blend it into a paste. 

For seasoning 
1/2 tsp Panch Phoran 
2 Dry Red Chillies Broken into pieces 
2 Pinches of Asafoetida 
2 tbsp Mustard Oil

Take the a pan, add the mustard oil, add the chillies and the Panch Phoran. Let it crackle, add the asafoetida. Sauté for few seconds, add the paste and cook it till the oil starts to saperate from the paste. Serve it with the idlis.

Wednesday 3 February 2016

Instant Vermicelli Dosa served with Tomato Chutney

Instant Vermicelli Dosa served with Tomato Chutney 

Vermicelli Dosa
4 cups Vermicelli (Boiled in water and strained)
1 cup Idli Rawa
1 cup Rice Flour
1/4 cup Desiccated Coconut
1 cup Curd
1 Onion chopped
3 Green Chillies chopped
2 tbsp Coriander Leaves chopped
Salt to taste
1 tsp Eno
Ghee to Drizzle

In a mixing bowl, mix all the above ingredients, except ghee. Add water little at a time to make a thin batter. Let the batter stand for 30 minutes. Heat a skillet. Pour 2 ladle of the batter on the skillet, spread the batter on the skillet, let it cook for a minute on low heat,  drizzle ghee on the dosa and let it cook till brown on one side.Flip over and cook on the other side. Serve hot  vermicelli dosa with tomato chutney.

P.S. Before making the next dosa, wipe the skillet with wet cloth, or else if the temperature is high, the dosa will not spread properly.

Tomato Chutney
4 Tomatoes chopped
1 Onion chopped
10 Garlic cloves crushed
1/4 cup Coriander Leaves
5 Green chillies
Salt to taste
Few Curry leaves
1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
1 Red Dry Chilli broken into pieces
2 Pinches of Asafoetida
1 tbsp Sesame Oil

In a grinder, add tomatoes, onion, green chillies, garlic, coriander leaves and salt. Grind it into paste. Add little water. Take a pan. Add oil, let it heat. Add mustard leaves, curry leaves, dry red chillies and asafoetida. Let the mustard seeds crackle. Add the chutney. Let it simmer on low flame for 5 minutes. Serve hot for Vermicelli Dosa....

Sunday 10 January 2016

Chilli Cauliflower Bread Sticks with Marinara sauce

Chilli Cauliflower Bread Sticks with Marinara sauce
1 big size cauliflower, cut into small florets and minced
1 tsp Pickled Red Chill sliced or Green chillies chopped
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp Pepper powder
Salt to taste
3 Egg whites beaten
1/2 cup + 1 cup Mozzarella cheese

Cook the minced florets in a pan till tender. Remove cooked cauliflower from pan and cool it . Place the cooked  cauliflower in a towel and holding by the ends,  squeeze the liquid out of the cauliflower. No water should remain.Transfer the cauliflower to a mixing bowl along with 1/2 cup cheese, italian seasoning, chilli, pepper and salt and mix it well. Gently fold in the egg whites.  Transfer the cauliflower mixture into the baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes, at 200 degrees celcius in a preheated oven.  Remove from the oven and top with remaining 1cup cheese. Bake for another 5 minutes or until cheese turns golden brown. Cool it. Cut it into breadsticks and serve hot with marinara sauce.

Marinara Sauce
2 cups of Tomato seeded and diced
2 onions chopped
1 garlic clove  minced
1/4 tsp of each dry Oregano and Basil
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp Pepper powder
1/2 tsp Sugar
2 tbsp Olive oil

Heat oil in a saucepan.  Add onions and garlic and sauté until translucent. Add tomatoes, oregano, sugar and basil and simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Cool it. Add the sauce in the blender.. Blend it until it becomes into a puree. Add it back in to the saucepan and simmer for 2 minutes. It is  ready to be served...