Relish a salad platter of thinly sliced tomatoes, with chunks of mozzarella, a drizzle of olive oil, sliced black olives and basil leaves. Arrange in concentric circles on a nice white plate. The word relish is just perfect here. And not just salads, for all those rich and good-looking Indian preps, the very famous onion-tomato masala is a must! Then, there are soups, beverages (call for the Bloody Mary!), snacks and even desserts made of these plump red things. Even the green ones are in use today. Must say, terrific tomatoes!
To make gatte, place gram flour in a bowl, add yogurt, salt, baking soda, ginger, red chilli powder, garam masala powder and asafoetida. Add 1 tbsp ghee and mix.
Chop few mint leaves and add and mix well. Add sufficient water and knead into a stiff dough. Divide into equal portions and roll each portion into cylinders.
Boil sufficient water in a deep non stick pan, put the cylinders into the pan and cook till they rise to the top. Drain well. Cool and cut into small pieces.
Heat 3 tsps ghee in another deep non stick pan. Add cinnamon, green cardamoms, black cardamom, cloves, cumin seeds and bay leaf and saute till fragrant.Meanwhile put ginger, garlic and tomato into a jar and crush with a hand blender.
Add the gatte to the pan and saute for 2 minutes. Add ginger-garlic-tomato mixture and mix. Add coriander powder, red chilli powder, salt, turmeric powder and saute for a minute.
Drain rice and add to the pan and mix well. Rinse the jar with ½ cup water and put into the pan. Add 2½ cups water and mix. When the water comes to a boil, cover the pan, reduce heat and cook till the rice is done. Serve hot.
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