My Grandma used to prepare this for me each time I went to Chennai during my summer vacations. She is no more! But my mother makes it every time I demand for it. This is mom made which I picked up when I had gone home to see my parents.
It's delicious & simply irresistible!
- Ripe Tomatoes - 1 kg
- Red Chilli Powder - 3 tbsps
- Jaggery - 100 gms
- Asafoetida - A pinch
- Tamarind - 25 gms
- Salt - As per taste
- Oil - 100 gms
Grind the tomatoes & the tamarind to make puree. On low flame keep a wok & pour the tomato puree, add salt, asafoetida & red chilli powder. Cover the wok with a lid for 2 minutes. Now take off the lid & pour some oil. Break the jaggery into small pieces & add it to the puree. Do not pour all the oil in one go. Slowly once in a while keep adding 2-3 spoons & cover it with a lid for a few minutes again repeat the process till all the oil is consumed. Now let it cook on low flame till it gets thick & starts leaving the wok. It should not stick to the wok. Your tomato preserve is ready within 1 hour if prepared on gas stove. In a microwave it will take around 15 minutes only.
- The red chilli powder can be used according to your tolerance to its taste
- The shelf life of this preserve is over a month
- You can use it as a jelly/jam on toast or with rolls & chappatis
- I enjoy it with Idlis & Dosas too