Apr 1, 2007

Simply savory - Tomato Koshimbir

Before I start blabbering, a small announcement. I will be going to India for a month long trip and will be off blogging. Anyways, I will be visiting all your blogs to see what’s cooking in your kitchens:)
When “Tomatoes” was declared as the ingredient for this month’s JFI, I thought of all the dishes I could cook. I wanted to cook something exotic for this event, but I was busy and could not come up with something exquisite. Anyways, I finally thought that I wouldn’t be sending any entry for the event. I was sulking yesterday, and today was even worst. That’s when I remembered taking some snaps. For JFI, I am presenting a very simple recipe that is ready in 10 mins. Mom used to make this often as a replacement for sabzi. This would normally happen when she was running late in preparing dinner.

I don’t know what Koshimbir really means, but I think it is a salad to which you add tadka. You can make koshimir using any combination of veggies. We usually made tomato or cucumber koshimbir. This koshimbir tastes great with chapattis or rice. Here’s what you will need:

1.1 tomato
2.1 onion
3.½ cup crushed groundnuts
4.¼ tsp red chilli powder
5.Salt and sugar to taste
7.½ tsp mustard seeds
8.Pinch of asafetida
9.¼ tsp turmeric powder
10.¼ tsp lime juice

1.Finely chop the onion and tomatoes. Combine them in a bowl.
2.Add crushed groundnuts, red chilli powder, salt, and sugar to the tomato-onion mix. Mix well.
3.Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds. When they crackle, add asafetida and turmeric powder. Pour this to the tomato-onion mixture. Add lime juice and mix well.
4.You can also add chopped coriander leaves to enhance the taste.

This is my entry for JFI: Tomatoes hosted by RP of My Workshop.

Safety moment in my kitchen

Yeah, I know I am late. And I hope that Jyothsna accepts my late entry. Here are a few tips for general safety in the kitchen:
1.Do not lift the lid of the cooker immediately after the whistles. Let the pressure subside for 15 minutes. Always remove the whistle and then take off the lid.
2.Do not keep hot pans in the sink and start the tap. The steam may hurt your hands.
3.Don’t be careless while using knives and forks. Don’t keep them on beds, sofas, or chairs. You know what will happen if you do:)
4.Check that your fire alarm is working fine.
5.Use gloves while cleaning the cooking range. Harmful chemicals in the cleaning soap may hurt your palms.
6.If you are done with frying, be extra attentive to switch off the gas. My friend’s kitchen caught a fire as she forgot to turn off the gas after frying.
7.Double-check to see if you have turned “On” the right stove. In US, we have the concept of “Front” and “Rear”. Often, it is confusing to know which gas is on.
8.Always use your baking gloves while removing anything from oven.
9.Unplug electrical appliances after use.
10.Clean up your kitchen if you happen to break some glass.
Wish you all happy and safe cooking!

To all those who believed that I was going to India, WISH YOU A HAPPY FOOL'S DAY!:)


Jyothsna said...

Simple and easy recipe :) And very good tips for the Safety Event!!

Sharmi said...

Hi Swaps, Nice Entry. Very simple and yummy looking.


musical said...

Ah! new and beautiful design Swapna. Koshimbir-now thats one yummy entry.

I love the choice of colors on your blog.

Richa said...

hey swapna, i was about to send you my list of things to get from bombay and now you say it's a joke, not fair!
koshimbir looks yummy, i too make this substituting the red chilli pwd with green chili in tadka.

trupti said...

Lovely recipe...peanuts and tomatoes...never had those together before.Thanks for such an easy recipe, will come in handy for busy days.


Sia's corner said...

tamata, onion, chilli powder, lime juice, peanuts = koshimbir
same as above+puff rice = churumuri. my fav street food:)

Sachin said...

Hope you didnt try this april fools thing with mom :)

Waise i liked the old design better, why did you change it?

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

First time to ur blog......Ur koshimbir is different and nice recipe...........