Feb 12, 2011

Tomato Herb Chutney

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 !
tomato herb chutney
You need
  1. Ripe red tomatoes ( any variety) - 2 big or 3 medium
  2. Green chillies – 3 (can add or reduce according to taste and heat)
  3. Coriander leaves – chopped roughly, 1 cup
  4. Fresh Coconut – grated,  1/4 cup
  5. Salt – 1/2 tsp
  6. Vegetable oil – 1/4 tsp
For seasoning
  1. Vegetable oil – 1/4 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  3. Urad dal – 1/4 tsp
  4. Hing powder – a tiny pinch
  5. Curry leaves – 4-5 torn up
quartered tomatoes
 To assemble
  1. Wash and pat dry tomatoes. Quarter them.
  2. Wash green chillies and chop up.
  3. Remove roots of coriander, rinse thoroughly, drain and chop roughly.
  4. Grate coconut, measure out 1/4 cup.
  5. Heat up oil in a small frying pan, add green chillies, step aside.
  6. Tip in chopped tomatoes, toss to coat oil evenly.fried ingredients
  7. Add the salt now, and fry for  a minute more.
  8. When the tomatoes are squishy, (in a minute or two) add the chopped coriander and switch off flame.
  9. Let it cool, add grated coconut and grind to get a fragrant chutney.
  10. Heat oil, add ingredients for seasoning in order and pour over chutney.
  11. Serve with flair as accompaniment for idli, dosa, paratha, steamed rice, sandwiches, well, just about anything!
 tomato herb chutney
Nutri notes
  • 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.


Simply delicious said...

Gr8 recipe...simple,healthy n delicious...tnx 4 sharing D:

Rajani said...

Wow,that was real quick! Thanks, Where can I post comments on your blog? You have a great space.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Rajani
Very nice chutney...I like the recipe and the spicing.
I am off blog and will be back by end may.
I have posted photo on my Sunderban trip...you must see.
Have a nice weekend

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Rajani
I just forgot ..thank you so much for the note on Coriander ..it is very informative indeed.

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Priya said...

Thats a delicious chutney,love it..

divya said...

Wow simply superb..

jayasree said...

I also make a similar chuntey. Sometimes I add an onion too. Liked the nutri notes on coriander.

Mangala Prabhu said...

Hi Rajani, your creativity saved the day, 2 birds in one shot ;) I will definitely try this recipe out today because I have a bunch of coriander leaves in the fridge. I was reading through your nutri-notes and was wondering what chutney dal is. Is it chana dal?
Thanks for sharing an amazing recipe!

Panchpakwan said...

Healhty and delicious chutney..