A month ago my dear friend and neighbour, Namita invited us over for dinner. It was the day of holi and we were tired after the day-long celebrations. We had a colored, water-filled bash in the apartment, after which we went to a couple of places to wish family members. By the end of the day I was glad I was invited for dinner as I didnt have the stamina to cook.
Namita had made an array of tradional Konkani dishes. After a discussion with her I learnt that Konkani food is fairly simple and very nutritious. They dont believe in using too much oil or spices. I noticed that the food had a flavor thats different from the other South-Indian cuisines.
Tomato Saar for instance is one such simple curry which uses the usual South-Indian ingredients like tomatoes, coconut , chillies and curry leaves yet it manages to create a never-before taste. After we returned from her place I tried this Saar out and it was an instant hit at home. Ever since we have made it almost four times and still cant seem to get enough of it.
- 4 big ripe tomatoes
- 3-4 finger like pieces of coconut
- 2 green chillies
- 1/4 teaspoon methi seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon rai
- Few curry leaves
- Boil the tomatoes with green chillies till they are soft. Save the boiled water.
- In a little bit of oil roast the methi seeds to golden color.
- Grind the boiled tomatoes, chillies with methi seeds and coconut in a mixie jar.
- Now in the previously saved boiled water add the ground mixture and give it another boil.
- For the tempering heat oil. Add rai, curry leaves and pour over the saar.