Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spicy Tomato chutney II

We have by now at least read or heard about the mine disaster in W.Va which killed many miners. I felt sad and thought to myself that it is impossible to even imagine the loss and suffering the family is going through and that is probably how much thought I gave for the issue. It hit me real hard when in a radio program one of the commentators said and I am paraphrasing "how many Americans understand or even think about the lives of the miners when they turn on their lights everyday".

In the same vein how many of us think about the trials and tribulations of inventors before they get their inventions into the market. We were watching a movie "Flash of genius" based on the life of inventor Bob Kearns. What is his invention? You are driving in heavy rain and it is raining heavily and you can't see a thing, you extend your hand and turn on the windshield wiper, that's when you should think of him. Credit for his invention did not come easily. The big auto used his invention without giving him credit and the cases were in the court for many many years.

We have all seen the high emotions that we bloggers go through when we suspect someone has copied our recipes or pictures without giving due credit. I am not condoning the practice but a little perspective will go a long way.

I am sorry if I have wrecked your moods but will make it up with this spicy tomato chutney. This chutney is my attempt to recreate the taste from memory after tasting it at a potluck and not being able to locate the maker. When DH asked if I had made the same chutney, my mind screamed Yes! I might have said it aloud too but don't remember. I was glad there was acknowledgment for my invention ;)

Spicy Tomato Chutney
1. 1 cup chopped tomatoes
2. 1/4 cup chopped red onion
3. 2 tbsp grated coconut (or even 3 tbsp)
4. 1/2 tbsp channa dal
5. 1 tsp urad dal
6. 4 red chilies
7. a few pepper corns
8. a few coriander seeds
9. a few cumin seeds
10. 10-15 curry leaves
11. a small 1 inch piece of tamarind
12. salt to taste

1. In a pan heat a tsp of oil, saute the 4-9 and set aside (the dals should get a golden color)
2. Add the onions and saute till they are brown.
3. add the curry leaves and tamarind and saute for a minute.
4. Add the tomatoes and saute till they are soft and mushy.
5. Add the coconut and give a good mix, add the salt and let it cool.
6. Blend the dals first but not to a smooth powder but a bit coarse for texture.
7. Add the rest of the ingredients (avoid adding any water) and blend till the tomatoes and onions are completely blended. (The texture does not have to be very smooth but if you want it smooth that is fine too.)


  1. I was hoping they could be in the underground refuge chamber which the officials were hoping too but alas it did not happen.
    My heart goes out to the families of the miners.

  2. a few years back we tasted and similar looking chutney in a restaurant in ooty. we visited the place just to have this one. will try n let you know.

  3. woooow,,,loooks soo colourful and spicy tomato chutney...dear my mom too make tomato chutney like this very spicy with superb taste,,sure it will taste nice with hot hot idlies...even 1 or 2 extra idlies will go silently inside dear,,,

  4. Adding coriander seeds to tomato chutney sounds interesting...will try this chutney soon, definitely a delicious chutney..

  5. minings accidents are always so deadly and yet not uncommon. its sad. i haven't seen the movie you talked about, but sounds like an interesting one. Coming back to the cheerful part, your tomato chutney invention is fantastic.. looks like a perfect combo with some freshly steamed idlis.

  6. This chutney looks delicious. I can have this with thayir saadam or plain rice & ghee

  7. There are lots of people we don't think about, take just for granted, or even recognise their existence. There's a piece by Vir Sanghvi today in Indian Express on how the paramilitary forces are one such lot -

  8. Mmmm the chutney sounds really spicy and tasty!

  9. Sra, totally agree, sadly most of us live with the attitude out of sight out of mind.

  10. My roomie used to prepare similar chutney, infact she used to prepar a gravy type chutney and serve with Rice and it went off well too !!

  11. This is my fav chutney of all .. It looks perfect . That said it now reminds me to make this chutney for dinner .

  12. It's a pity that the govt didn't do more to force the company to implement more safety precautions than just issuing a fine.. maybe this could'v ebeen prevented.

    Chutney sounds really good and it's great that you were able to recreate it so perfectly... :) the simple joys.

  13. I was hoping on till Friday, that the 4 of them would have reached the Safety Chambers. The news really had me very sad.

    Kudos for your invention :-) Now if some big giant name steals it, sue them :-D

  14. there are so many versions of this tomato chutney & I love each one of it

  15. Flash of a genius sounds interesting, will keep that in mind. I like this variation of tomato chutney (with coconut in it). Bookmarking it to try it.

  16. Idli chutney is the ultimate combo..U remember there was something similar in Utah 1-2 years ago and they never found them? Sad...

    SKC :)

  17. Oh that was really disturbing :( But this type of accidents occur more often in India, where the safety measures are below average :(((

    fiery and yumm chutney..

  18. Nice version of tomato chuteny. Never tried adding coriander seeds. Next time ll try this recipe.

  19. I make a similar kind sans the coconut and the tamarind. Love the way you write and relate events and incidents and thread them in together in your post.

  20. ooh..the tomato chutney sounds a must try.

    I think till pain does not affect us directly all of us seem to forget about it within a couple of minutes...unless you have been thru it before. What really gets my goat is when people soothe you and tell you things will be fine is beyond annoying! Do you remember the flight that dissapeared i thing going from really took me a long time to get over it...i could not imagine how heartbreaking it would have been for the say bye at the airport! and that was the last time you ever see them...terrible. Well...i will get off my soapbox now ;)


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