This is an absolutely easy recipe that can be made with a few ingredients and under 30 minutes. Tastes wonderful with any dry side dish – be it non veg (beef sukka, chicken sukka) or veg (sonay sukhe). You can drink it up – freshly made & piping hot, if you have a cold – perfect to get rid of a stuffy nose, headache and the works. The amount of peppercorns used in this preparation may seen too much, however, surprisingly it doesn’t feel enough in comparison to the tang provided by the tomatoes. But do play safe if you must and reduce the quantity. I recommend you keep freshly ground/pounded pepper handy to sprinkle later if you must. Don’t use store bought pepper if you can help it.
Tomato Saar (with pepper & cumin)
Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 10 mins | Serves 4
- 3 medium sized tomatoes * see notes
- 1 tablespoon peppercorns *see notes
- 1 teaspoon cumin/jeera
- 2 cups water
- 1-2 tablespoons tamarind juice (optional) * see notes
- 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder (or to taste) (optional) * see notes
- 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves for garnishing (optional)
- salt to taste
- oil for seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin/jeera
- 1 sprig curry leaves
1. Wash the tomatoes and transfer into a deep pan. Add enough water to cover them and bring it to a boil. Allow to boil for 5 minutes or till you see the skin cracking up – retain the boiled water and transfer the tomatoes into a bowl of fresh water.
2. Skin the tomatoes and rinse the skin in the boiled water and discard. Chop the skinned tomatoes and grind them along with the peppercorns and cumin to a fine paste. It is ok if one or two peppercorns remain whole.
3. On a medium flame heat the oil for seasoning in a kadhai/wok or a heavy bottomed pan and toss in the 1/2 teaspoon of cumin and fry for a couple of minutes, reduce the flame add the curry leaves and the ground paste for a couple of minutes. Fry for about 2 minutes or till the oil leaves the masala. Add 2 cups water, salt to taste and bring the mixture to a boil.
4. Optional step: Depending on how sour the tomatoes are adjust the taste by adding tamarind juice if required. Adjust the spiciness by adding chilly powder.
5. Turn off the flame, garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with rice.
1. Preferably use juicy round tomatoes that are just ripe.
2. Increase the peppercorns to a total of 2 tablespoons if you like a spicy saar. Alternatively use the chilli powder to adjust the spice – this is a better option than increasing peppercorns as it can turn very spicy