A basketful of tomatoes that was sitting on my counter-top for a while. Tired of the typical dishes with tomato, I wanted to try something that I have not with tomato. This unassuming vegetable, which serves as the base for most of Indian dishes hardly takes the center-stage. Au contraire, Tomato Bhartha is all about tomato and just tomato. The sour and sweet taste of tomato is unmistakable and if you like tomatoes, you will fall in love with this simple yet satisfying dish.
Boil a cup of corn with a pinch of turmeric and 1/2 tsp of salt with little water till the corns are semi-cooked. You can skip this step if you are using frozen corn.
Saute a chopped onion and 1/2″ ginger with a tsp of cumin seeds in oil and a tsp of coriander powder, chilli powder and garam masala and continue cooking.
Add about 6 medium-sized, roughly chopped tomatoes and let it cook, mashing every once in a while. Add the semi-cooked corn to ths mixture and continue cooking.
Add a tsp of peanut butter with roughly ground poppy seeds (alternatively, you can roast some fresh peanuts and grind it with poppy seeds). Let it simmer for about 5 – 10 mins.
So, when life gave me tomatoes, I made tomato bhartha. What about you?