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Tomato Dip for any Snack
from Asha Kumar - Detroit, Michigan, USA

This simple and tasty side-dish can be used as a dip for chips, samosas (another snack from India ) or also as a spread on sandwiches.
In India, these dips are generally called as "Chutney" and it is served along with rice or chapatis.

  • 5 ripe large tomatoes -- washed and diced into small pieces
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds (available in Indian stores)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tblsp tamarind extract
Keep a small frying pan on the heat and add 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds and 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and fry until the mustard seeds start to sputter and pop.
Keep a lid handy to cover the pan.

Let the roasted mixture cool a little.
Then transfer it to a blender and grind till it becomes a smooth powder.

Keep a heavy saucepan on heat and add the diced tomatoes, chilli powder, salt, sugar, tamarind extract and the roasted powder.
Mix all ingredients thoroughly, cover and slowly cook for about 25 - 30 minutes.

Let cool and the tasty tomato dip is ready --- let your imagination soar with the possibilities!!