Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sev Tomato Nu Shaak (Onion Tomato Curry)

This curry made with tomatoes and onions is from Gujarat, a region in the western part of India. I am not sure though, of its origin in my kitchen :-) I believe I read this recipe a long while ago in some book or magazine and have been making it since then. I love the tangy spicy taste of this curry and find the speed and simplicity of this a real plus, especially when I am in a hurry or when I am running out of veggies.

Before I get to it though, let me share something completely off topic. Recently while working on my glossary I was researching the health benefits of mustard seeds.If you are familiar with Indian cooking then you know that mustard seeds play a prominent role in most dishes especially curries. I never really gave any thought to mustard seeds and if I would have had to say why they were used in cooking I would have concluded that they were there for taste and for decorative purposes :-) I am sure that my fellow bloggers will agree that mustard seeds, split gram lentil, cilantro and other garnishes have gained special importance as decoration, now that we have to take pictures for our blogs :-)

Anyway I was amazed when I learned that mustard seeds actually are rich in selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. They are also a good source of phosphorous, magnesium iron, zinc and calcium. Really, who knew? I, for one did not, so the next time you feel like skipping the tempering in Indian cooking you may want to rethink that.....  

Just wanted to update,my friend Chandani tells me the right word here is shaak not saag, as shaak means subji /curry in Gujarati.Thanks for letting me know that Chandani, I corrected the title of the post too. My apologies for inadvertently getting the name of this dish wrong the first time....



Ingredients and Method to make Sev Tomato Nu shaak

2 large onions cut fine (I used yellow)
7 large tomatoes cut into 1/2 inch pieces ( I used Roma)

1/4 tsp turmeric
salt to taste
1/2 tsp chilli powder ( or according to taste)

1 tbsp oil 
3/4 tsp cumin seeds

sev according to taste
2 tbsp cilantro cut fine (optional)

Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed pan. Add cumin seeds to this oil.

When the cumin seeds splutter add onions and saute until the onions become transparent.

Add turmeric and saute for a few seconds.

Add tomatoes, salt and chilli powder and saute until the tomatoes are cooked and become soft

Garnish with cilantro and sev just before serving and serve hot with bread, roti or plain rice.

Serves approximately 2

Notes:
If you plan to serve this a while after you make it, add sev just before serving. 

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40 comments :

Trupti said...

Tomato - Onion curry looks delicious Usha

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

simple and yummy... nice usha.

Soma said...

This is such a simple but delicious dish! I love the way u sprinkled sev on the top. I make something like this with puri or paratha ( a luxury breakfast for us sometimes:-) )

sowmya said...

looks very tempting..

Sharmila said...

I have always wanted to know how this is made. Now I can try it, thanks to you Usha. :-)

Curry Leaf said...

Simple yet lovely.never knew about mustards.Always used for tempering,or sometimes skipped it,never knew about its benefits.Thanks.The curry looks delish

Ramya said...

Looks nice. I think we can mix this with rice to make it variety rice.

Cham said...

We use to soak methi and drink the water early morning... I always add methi for seasonning, good to know more... Lovely curry with sev on top!

Vegetation said...

Ooo! Looks great! And I adore mustard seeds. Good to know they're good for me :)

Happy cook said...

Iwould love to have them with plain rice.
delciious and comforting

Shreya said...

hi Usha, I make this quite often, I love the simple recipe. This is best eaten with rice, and my daughter also loves it:-)

Shama Nagarajan said...

looking yummy and delicious

VG said...

I always learn something new when I visit. Simple yet appetising.

Valarmathi said...

Wow simple and yummy recipe

srikars kitchen said...

looks delicious & tempting...

Laavanya said...

Simple & satisfying.. :)

AnuSriram said...

That looks delicious!

Vishali said...

nice curry Usha....

Vishali said...

Thank u Usha for the lovely comment...but i didnt do the crochet ....i brought them from india.....

vishali

Chandani said...

I love sev-tameta nu shaak, although I have never tried one with onions..no matter how many tomatoes I use, both my husband and I finish this up in one sitting:)

Chandani said...

Hey Usha, yes, gujarati word for subji is shaak..so, we call it sev-tameta nu shaak.at our place, we also add sugar/jaggery so, it's sweet, spicy and tangy :)

Varsha Vipins said...

simple and lovely curry..

Chandani said...

No need to thank me dear, glad I could help :)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Nice recipe. Looks so good. So appetizing...

Lisa said...

Sounds delightful. I enjoy mustard seeds and cook with them often. I did not know they were good for you too.

Gita's Kitchen said...

Simple yet delicious dish, love the color :)

anudivya said...

That is a cute name and I was wondering what it meant until I read it was Gujarati. Nice Usha.

Uma said...

ooh, that looks so colorful and yummy.

aTxVegn said...

This curry looks divine! I love that so many spices are healthy.

anudivya said...

I guess you could Usha, I have not used fresh spinach before in the naan since the frozen ones are so convenient.
If you are making it with fresh spinach, then make sure you adjust the moisture level accordingly.

Andhra Flavors said...

USHA, Tomato and onion curry looks yummy with sev

miss v said...

whatever the correct name is, it looks really good and tasty!

Purva Desai said...

I love Sev Tameta Nu Shaak, Its easy and comes to ur rescue when u ve limited veggies in ur house....

sumathi said...

Looks Yummy Usha..

Ramya Bala said...

simple n delicious :)
hey usha today i am gng to try ur oats idly..just today mrng happened see that thru mahimaas blog...
and than u so much for ur concern dear

Vaishali said...

Yum, Usha, this is a new recipe to me and I love the idea of the mushy tomato and spicy onions with the sev sprinkled on top. Divine.

Navita said...

Hey Usha, thanks for stopping by.
Also,u won't believe I made this sev tomato shaak yesterday for DH's lunch box. :)
But mine is a little different, I don't use onions. A marwari aunty had shared it with mom ,from whom I picked it eventually .lol

rekhas kitchen said...

mmm mouthwatering nice colour

Sunitha's Art said...

Ur food r look delicious.i will learn more from ur site.thanks for ur comment.

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