Saturday, 5 October 2013


Hi guys, I once was asked by a friend whether I knew how to make South Indian food, and I told him that my South Indian cooking really sucks. Knowing that he would have really loved to have my South Indian food, I felt that I just had to try out this easy South Indian style tomato curry with lemon rice. My cousin loves these sorts of healthy foods, and her birthday happens to fall on 10th October.

So, I thought why not try this? It was great seeing the different flavours come together in a perfect harmony of tastes and create this beautiful curry-rice. I really enjoyed eating it.

Tomato Curry
1 1/2 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera: Hindi)
1 tsp mustard seeds (rai: Hindi)
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1 green chilli, finely chopped
6-8 curry leaves
2-4 large tomatoes, blanched and chopped
Pinch of asafoetida (hing: Hindi)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi: Hindi)
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/4 red chilli powder
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Water as required
Vegetables of your choice, prepared beforehand (I used drumstick, eggplant, potatoes, long beans, carrots and okra)

1. Heat oil in a pan, and add in cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Once it splutters, add asafoetida and curry leaves. Cook for 2 minutes and BE CAREFUL THAT IT DOES NOT BURN!
2. Add onion and ginger-garlic paste. Saute them slightly. Add in green chilli.
3. Put in tomato, turmeric and red chilli powder. Add water and let it cook till tomato softens.
4. Season with salt and pepper. Add vegetables and water and let it cook till everything is mixed together.
5. Add garam masala and vegetables.
6. Serve hot with lemon rice.

Lemon Rice
3-4 cups rice, cooked
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds (rai: Hindi)
1 whole dry red chilli
1 tbsp ginger paste
1 green chilli, chopped finely
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi: Hindi)
Pinch of asafoetida (hing: Hindi)
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tsp tamarind chutney
1 tbsp cashewnuts

1. Heat oil and add in all ingredients. Mix in rice properly, a little at a time.
2. Serve hot.

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