Sweet Sour Tomato Curry is ideally made when tomatoes are in season, but even second-rate, out-of-season tomatoes are given new life by this very Indian mixture of seasonings. This delicious sweet sour tomato stew that you can eat with rice.
Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Ingredients for Sweet Sour Tomato Curry
- Split Pigeon Beans (½ cup)
- Tomatoes (3 large)
- Water (4 ½ cups)
- Green Chilies (2)
- Turmeric Powder (¼ tsp)
- Lemon Juice (1 tbsp)
- Sugar (1 tbsp)
- Dried Coconut (1 tbsp)
- Salt to taste
For the seasoning:
- Mustard Seeds (½ tsp)
- Split Indian Black Lentils (½ tsp)
- Whole Red Chilies (1)
- Coconut Oil (1 tbsp)
- Curry leaves (1 sprig)
For the dry spice mix:
- Whole Red Chilies (7 to 8)
- Cumin Seeds (½ tsp)
- Fenugreek Seeds (¼ tsp)
- Coriander seeds (2 tbsps)
- Curry Leaves (1 sprig)
- Mustard Seeds (½ tsp)
- Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing.
Before you start making of Sweet Sour Tomato Curry
- Get the dry spice mix ready first. You will need to dry roast mustard and fenugreek seeds each separately and set aside.
- Combine the coriander and cumin seeds. These you can dry roast together. Also set aside.
- Next combine the red chilies and curry leaves and again dry roast. Set aside. Remember to roast all the spices on a low flame until they give off a lovely aroma. Let them cool and when they are crisp, you can grind them to a coarse powder.
- Blanch the tomatoes. When cool, blend to a smooth puree.
How to cook Sweet Sour Tomato Curry
- Cook the split pigeon beans until soft.
- In a pan, add the tomato puree, water, salt, turmeric powder, green chilies and curry leaves. Also add the sugar, lemon juice and salt. Bring to a boil and let it simmer a while.
- Next add the mashed split pigeon beans, coconut and dry spice powder. Let it simmer.
- Prepare the seasoning by heating some oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds and when they stop spluttering, add the curry leaves, red chilies and split Indian black lentils. When the lentils brown a little, add the mixture to the stew.
- Garnish with coriander leaves.
Your Sweet Sour Tomato Curry is ready to be served, Serve hot with rice.
- When preparing the tomato puree you could discard the seeds and the skins, but adding them adds a tang to the stew.
- The consistency of the stew should be thin.
- When buying the split pigeon beans and Indian black lentils, look for the skinless variety.