Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sweet Tomato Pachadi

I love this pahadi/chutney/jam or whatever you call it that they serve at most tamilian weddings.  The guy who serves this generally puts half a teaspoon of this chutney on your leaf and vanishes even before you can think of calling him back for a little more.  And considering the other sweets and  food they serve, you would feel a glutton asking for a second helping.  I was really glad when Jeyashri Suresh gave a link to the article that appeared about her in The Hindu that featured this recipe.  And I made this right away... and had a generous helping, enjoying every bit of it.


Ingredients:

Tomatoes - 4
Tomato purée - 4 tbsp ( the tomatoes I used where not very juicy)
Sugar - about 1/2 cup - taste for sweetness and add if necessary
Dates - 2-3 deseeded *
Cashew - few
Raisins - few
Ghee - 1 tbsp

Cut the tomatoes into small pieces.
Take in a pan.  Add 1/4 cup water and sugar and simmer for about 20 mins or more
To speed up the process you could microwave it for a while
I added some purée here.
Make sure the tomatoes really get mushy.  Add more sugar if required.
Bring the mixture to the consistency of a thick chutney.

Take a tablespoon of ghee. Heat.  Add cashew, raisins and dates - separately - and add to the chutney.


I made this at lunch time and it was fabulous with curd rice!
You could have it with puris and rotis too.

Note -
These are approximate measures.  If you want to make it more like jam you would need about 1 1/2 measures of sugar to the tomato pieces.
* I did not have dates, but it still tasted good.

25 comments:

  1. Wow this is tempting me so much...

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  2. Oh my! These look very much tempting and look so good

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  3. this looks so tangy and delicious..now I have to try this soon:)

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  4. awesome.chutney looks so delicious. As usual nice recipe

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  5. Looks very nice. I love the pachadi too. I did not know tomatoes were involved in the recipe. I was given a totally different recipe from our family wedding cook. I will have to dig up the recipe and see carefully his ingredients.Thanks for posting this one, I will try this one for sure. I love the pachidi and 1/2 tsp never used to cut it for me.

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    1. Please share the recipe you have. Would love to try that too.

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  6. How tasty this pachadi will be now, its quite a must in our family weddings too..

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  7. Hi Radha ,

    Sweet tomato pachadi looks awesome.

    Really mouth watering!!!

    Nice recipe Radha , Keep in touch...

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  9. Yes, I remember having this only in weddings, and as a kid I would be hoping for a second serving, looks lovely..

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  10. I too make a dish using tomatoes almost the same way ...I do not use tomato puree, rest of the ingredients remains the same :-) the pachadi looks absolutely delicious !!!!!!!!

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    1. I would not have used puree either, but the tomatoes were strangely not juicy. However, the puree did add a nice texture to the pachadi

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  11. delicious and awesome pachadi.. love to try it..

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  12. Sounds so much like a halwa! Never been to Tamil weddings so never knew about this dish :(

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  14. this is new to me, looks so yummy :)

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  17. one of my favs.. looks so yummy.. :)

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