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‘This tomato chutney is such a nostalgic dish for me’: Padma Lakshmi shares recipe from her new book

"My mom used to cook it for weeknight during when I was growing up and we would use it on everything from roti to scrambled eggs," she said

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
August 31, 2021 4:40:41 pm
padma lakshmiPadma Lakshmi shared an easy recipe from her new book. (Source: Padma Lakshmi/Instagram)

Model and TV host Padma Lakshmi loves cooking, and her weekly cooking videos on social media are proof enough. This time, Padma, whose new graphic book for children, Tomatoes for Neela hits the stands on August 31, shared an easy recipe that can be prepared in a jiffy.

Interestingly, the recipe also features in the book and is her mother‘s, which she used to prepare on busy weeknights.

“We made Neela’s tomato chutney from my book! This tomato chutney is such a nostalgic dish for me. My mom used to cook it for weeknight during when I was growing up and we would use it on everything from roti to scrambled eggs,” she captioned the video on Instagram.

She suggested that the recipe can be prepared with the help of children and is also suitable for them to have as it is “mild”.

 

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Ingredients

Neutral oil like canola or sesame
Onion, finely chopped
Garlic, finely minced
Ginger, finely minced
Cayenne
Turmeric
Curry leaves, few
Salt
Tomatoes, chopped
Ground pepper
Sugar or jaggery or brown sugar

Method

*In a hard-bottomed pan, pour some oil. Once the oil heats up, put mustard seeds. Let it crackle. Put cumin seeds.
*Add finely chopped onion. Let the onions turn translucent. Add minced garlic. Add minced ginger.
*Add spices starting with cayenne, turmeric, and a pinch of salt.
*Add chopped curry leaves and tomatoes.
*Use a pestle and mortar to grind fresh peppercorns. Add to the dish. Check for salt and add accordingly.
*Let it cook for 30 odd minutes.
*To balance the taste, add a pinch of sugar, or brown sugar, or jaggery. Add some more fresh curry leaves.

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