November 29, 2007

Bengali Tomato Chutney for MEC

With so many events happening in the blogosphere right now, it so difficult to catch up with them. Sometimes, I decide upon a XYZ recipe for PQR event, and then I totally forget about the deadline...Phew!!
But, I make sure to submit atleast one entry to Sri's MEC event, as its so much fun to play around with what can be made with our own everyday Microwave. and ever since she started her MEC event, I am making an optimum use of my MW (unlike just reheating stuff..;) ). Thanks to her !!

What if, one fine day we are out of gas, and we have only MW to save our day!!

I made this tamatar chutney couple of hours ago with just 3 tomatoes as a pilot recipe, curious to know how does it taste with panchporan.
Guess what, 'S' and I liked it so much that we are planning to make a potful of this chutney with a big batch of big, ripe tomatoes this weekend! ..:))

We just loved the twist of panchporan powder...:)

So, here is the simple recipe of my 'Bengali Tomato Chutney' as my entry to Sri's MEC: Sidedish event!


3 chopped tomatoes
1/2 tbsp chopped garlic
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Panchporan powder
1/2 tbsp Turmeric
1/2 tbsp Red Chilly powder
2 tbsp Oil
2 Red Chillies
1/2 tbsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tbsp Mustard seeds
a pinch of asafoetida
few Coriander leaves

How to make:

1. In a MW safe bowl, take some oil, garlic, Cumin seeds, mustard seeds, red chillies and asafoetida. MW for about 2 to 3 mins.
2. Then add chopped tomatoes. MW for about 7 mins untill tender.
3. Mash the cooked tomatoes with an eggbeater and season with salt, turmeric, red chilli powder and panchporan powder. Mix the contents well. MW it for about 5 to 6 mins.
4. Garnish with coriander leaves. I ate this chutney with hot rice and ghee. Amazing taste I must say!


~ Siri


  1. my mouth is seriously watering esp. the last pic with the rice...yummy!

  2. Such a mouth watering recipe Siri. Lovely pics.

  3. Siri, Tomato Chutney looks really so fantastic...great entry..thank you so much for your support to this event. Makes me feel good.

  4. Hi siri,great entry!!
    This will be very useful for me..Thanx for posting !!

  5. i love this tomato chutney..its oozing with lots of "deliciouness" appeal..i could eat it as it is with my lonely french bread :-)

  6. @ Rajitha: U shud have seen me yesterday rajitha, having this chutney in front of me, my mouth was watering too. and I was the one who literally ate till the last morsel.. hehehe..:)

    @ Lakshmi: Thanks dear. Glad u all liked this simple chutney..:)

  7. @ Srivalli: As I said, its always my pleasure to participate in ur event Sri, and look forward for the RoundUp , then bookmark it..:)) Thanks for organising such a lovely event!

    @ Rajeshwari: Thanks dearie. Do try it sometime. I am so damn sure, u wud end up making potfuls just like me.. hehehe..:)

  8. @ Dhanggit: Tomato Chutney on french toast wud be delicious combo both of them being my favorties. will try this way next time.. Thanks for dropping by..:DD

  9. Siri, never heard of Panchphoran powder before, great idea to powder it because I don't like the bits of Methi and Kalonji in dishes.I can use powder!! YAY! Thanks girl.Chutney looks fabolous,I had so many tomatoes in Summer, now I have to buy them!:D
    Last day November, I will see in 2 weeks again, bye!!:))

  10. That looks so delicious. I can still get good tomatoes here, at least as of last week's farmers' market, and I might try it. Wonder if I can get panchporan powder around here (I'm in a smallish city in the middle of Illinois). I've never heard of that powder before. We do have good international markets, though—perhaps they carry it and I've just never noticed it.

  11. @ Ashaji: I got this Panchporan when I went to grocery store last time ashaji. Its a five spice bengali masala powder. Glad u liked the chutney!!

    ~ Siri

  12. @ Lisa: U can find this powder in any Indian Grocery store Lisa. Do try it...One can substitute the same with normal Garam Masala powder too! Do try it sometime and let me know how it turned out to be.!!

  13. wow cool siri..Luks abs delish! and U know what! U r SO right abt so many events and then forgetting! esp when u have ur in-laws with u and they want only certain type of food!Umm...Participating in all gets so cumbersome as againist the real notion! thats why i went in for something wherein I can do something in my own pace :-)

  14. Siri - Yummy looking chutney...sure even a batch full of these will be over soon.. Saw u served with hot steaming rice.. Yum!! Paanch Pooran - i have never tried this bengali spice mix.. must do.

  15. This sounds like a great idea. Thanks for experiementing and sharing.


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