Luscious red tomatoes paired with fragrant coriander, the result is a flavourful chutney. My younger one wanted tomato chutney and the elder one wanted a green chutney; I was running short of time and threw both together – result was something all of us liked !
- Ripe red tomatoes ( any variety) - 2 big or 3 medium
- Green chillies – 3 (can add or reduce according to taste and heat)
- Coriander leaves – chopped roughly, 1 cup
- Fresh Coconut – grated, 1/4 cup
- Salt – 1/2 tsp
- Vegetable oil – 1/4 tsp
- Vegetable oil – 1/4 tsp
- Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
- Urad dal – 1/4 tsp
- Hing powder – a tiny pinch
- Curry leaves – 4-5 torn up
- Wash and pat dry tomatoes. Quarter them.
- Wash green chillies and chop up.
- Remove roots of coriander, rinse thoroughly, drain and chop roughly.
- Grate coconut, measure out 1/4 cup.
- Heat up oil in a small frying pan, add green chillies, step aside.
- Tip in chopped tomatoes, toss to coat oil evenly.
- Add the salt now, and fry for a minute more.
- When the tomatoes are squishy, (in a minute or two) add the chopped coriander and switch off flame.
- Let it cool, add grated coconut and grind to get a fragrant chutney.
- Heat oil, add ingredients for seasoning in order and pour over chutney.
- Serve with flair as accompaniment for idli, dosa, paratha, steamed rice, sandwiches, well, just about anything!
- Coriander (both leaves and seed) help regulate blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin production.
- Volatile oils found in the leaves seem to have antimicrobial properties.
- Coriander reduces lipid peroxides in cell membranes, thus inhibiting free radical formation.
- In a study conducted on rats fed with high fat diet, adding coriander to the diet increased the HDL and lowered levels of LDL cholesterol.
- Besides these benefits, coriander is also good source of dietary fibre, magnesium, manganese and fair source of iron.
- A compound called dodecenal isolated from coriander, has been found to be more effective than antibiotics in fighting salmonella infection.
- A drink of coriander seeds boiled with water (in the proportion of 2 tbsp seeds per litre of water) cures urinary tract infection rapidly.
- Apart from these amazing uses of coriander, it is also a flavanoid and phytonutrient dense food. I guess all this information will prompt us to use more of coriander in our daily foods.
- Benefits of tomatoes have been discussed earlier, hence I am not repeating it here.
- Addition of coconut, though minimal, will increase the fat content of the chutney. One alternative is to use chutney dal in place of coconut. The taste does differ, but provides a healthier alternative.