Chutneys are very popular in India and you can make one with almost any vegetable. Tomatoes are so refreshingly tasty that you can add them to any recipe and not mess it up. See my Variation on Red Pepper Chutney. This version of the tomato chutney is not only easy and fun to make but tasty as well.
3-4 medium tomatoes
1-2 tsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
touch of turmeric
pinch of asafoetida
salt to taste
Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Add turmeric and asafoetida. Add chopped tomatoes and cook on medium until all the moisture evaporates. Tomatoes should be pretty mushy. Remove from flame and cool.
Meanwhile heat 1 tsp oil and fry the cumin, mustard and fenugreek seeds till lightly brown.
There are multiple alternatives to this chutney at this point:
- You can add salt and some red chilli powder to the cooked tomatoes and mix well and add the seasoning, garnish with some chopped cilantro and be done.
- For a smooth chutney you can blend the tomato with the jalapeno and cilantro, add salt and seasoning and be done.
Done either way tomato chutney is delicious and can be enjoyed with rice, roti, dosa and any number of ways!