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!
Slice the tops off the tomatoes. Scoop out the pulp and reserve to use in the filling. Keep aside the tomato shells. Keep the tops too.
Heat one and a half tablespoons of oil in a pan, add chopped onion and garlic and fry till golden. Add the mashed potatoes, green peas, chopped green chillies, tomato pulp, chopped ginger, salt and garam masala powder.
Stir and cook over low heat for about five minutes until properly blended. Divide this filling into eight portions. Fill each tomato shell with this mixture and replace the sliced off tops. Secure with a toothpick.
Heat the remaining oil in a wide pan, add cumin seeds. When they change colour gently place the stuffed tomatoes. Cover and cook for about seven minutes. Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander leaves.
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