Roasted Tomato Jam

One thing I do miss about living in an apartment is not having a garden. In my late teen I took over a section of my parent’s backyard to grow vegetables.Only one problem: I do not have a green thumb. But still it is a fun and relaxing activity. now I have a herb garden and still no green thumb. I did try to grow a tomato plant in a big pot for 2 summers. It was not a big success.

It’s a shame because one of the great pleasures of summer gardens is fresh juicy tomatoes. And it just so happens to be the them of this month’s Creative Cooking Crew challenge. And of course to do something different! So get your fish, chicken or even breakfast toast out for my Roasted Tomato Jam.

roasted tomato jam

Tasty reading ahead, KEEP GOING… →

Secret Recipe Club: Green Chutney

My the time is just going by way to fast, another month has gone by already and it is Secret Recipe Club time again. And this month was a real treat for me. What is the SRC? Basically you are assigned a fellow participant’s blog by the organizer and then you pick a recipe of your choice from that blog and make your version of it. But it is a secret, you cannot reveal whom you picked and what you made until the established posting date and time…. which is today! I can’t wait to see who picked me.

This month I was assigned a fabulous blog  called Sin-a-Mon and it is written by the wonderful Monika. Her blog mostly features Indian food. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Indian food? Actually my first memory of going to an ‘ethnic’  restaurant was with a friend in my mid teens at an Indian restaurant. You could say this cuisine if the one that got my palate very curious to explore the unknown.

Green Chutney

Since then I have cooked quite a few Indian dishes but there where so many recipes n Monika’s blog I had never head of, I did not know where to start to pick one. I was really tempted to maybe try an Indian sweet as they are fabulous but finally I went for one of my favorite recipes, the Green Chutney.

I though it was an odd choice for me as the recipe is so simple to prepare. But I just could not help myself, I have never made my own. I remember buying Green Chutney once in a jar and I was so disappointed, the flavor was terribly bland and I could barely decipher a hint of coriandre. The idea of learning how to make my own, full of flavor, was too enticing.

Ξ Green Chutney Ξ

  • 1 Bunch of Mint leaves
  • 2 Bunches of coriander leaves
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2-3 green chillies (more if u want it spicy)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • Something for the tang now here u have the following options
    • 1-2 tsp anardana
    • 2 tsp dry mango powder
    • 1/2 small raw mango chopped
    • 3 tbsp curd
    • 2 tomatoes
    • juice of 1 lemon (what I chose)
  • salt to tastes

Put everything in the grinder (food processor) and using just enough water to mix grind them to a coarse paste. That is it.

And look at that gorgeous green mix. I could not help eating little pieces of it all by itself. I adore coriander. I decided to try it on fish that was baked in the oven. It was sublime!

 

But what else can you do with this chutney? Well  come back a 12 pm EST to see another challenge due this same day where I will combine this recipe with another for the Crazy Cooking Challenge with Mashed Potatoes!