Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tomato Oambal

A few days back, I saw this recipe on Arundathi’s blog and wanted to make it right away. The simplicity of the recipe and the fact that it only called for a handful of ingredients was what drew me towards it. I have found that I usually only go for recipes that are quick and easy, and do not have an ingredient list that is a mile long.

I finally got a chance to make tomato oambal today.

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds & ¾ tsp red chilli flakes
1 Tbsp raisins
3 medium tomatoes, diced
Jaggery (depending on taste)
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste

Method:
Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds followed by the red chilli flakes.

Add the raisins, chopped tomatoes and salt and cook till the tomatoes turn to mush.

Add the jaggery and continue cooking on medium heat for a good 20-25 minutes till all the water evaporates and the mixture thickens.

Add some lemon juice at the end of the cooking process.



This was my very first taste of the cuisine of North-East India, and I have to say that I simply loved it! I used the tomato oambal as a sauce for some noodles that I made for dinner tonight.

Off this goes to Nupur for the July edition of the Monthly Blog Patrol. The theme this month is Less is More.

29 Burps:

Nags said...

never heard of oambal before. nice idea to make it a sauce for noodles :)

RamyaBala said...

Noodles with Oambal looks yummy and its a brilliant idea to add it as a sauce..

Rajitha said...

yum! that does look delicious...great idea to pair it with noodles...

Rachel said...

Interestingt that you served it with noodles..I did a similar sauce for my sphagetti...

Laavanya said...

A sweet and tomatoey sauce - cool. I think it'll be a hit with kids too.

Nupur said...

I can almost taste the tangy-sweet taste of this relish! How creative to use it as a pasta sauce. Thank you for a delicious entry :)

Asha said...

Oambal is new to me too, love the sauce, great looking Pasta!:)

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

What a lovely dish .. am tempted to try it now

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

the recipe is new to me..and sounds like u did a great job! the second picture is awesome!! :-)

sra said...

Those mustard seeds almost look like passion fruit seeds!

mitr_bayarea said...

TBC-

loved this tomato oambal, its so simple to make and can add this to pasta etc. Good one.

Richa said...

me likey' raisins in chutney ;)

Aparna said...

Saw this at the RCI:NE round-up.
Looks lovely. Great idea of serving it up with noodles, maybe even pasta.

Sunshinemom said...

I read Arundathi's post on this one! Looks nice and fiery though it isn't (I think):)

Lore said...

I usually prefer this kind of recipes too, especially when in a hurry. Love the idea of combining some raisins and chilli flakes for a pasta sauce! Bookmarked!

Lisa said...

What a great dish to submit to Nupur's event. A very refreshing choice for the summer months.

bhags said...

tomato ombal looks delish and a perfect match to those noodles

Susan said...

Sweet, spicy and simple. Love the novel idea of noodles. Just give me my gravies over starch, please!

Ranjani said...

What a gorgeous pic!
Looks very interesting:)

Namratha said...

Mmm, looks good!

TBC said...

Nags- I hadn't either till I saw Arundathi's post.:D

Ramya- thanks! it was either that or dosas. Making dosas for 2 people takes forever with just one good cast iron pan, so I went with the noodles.:D

Rajitha- thank you.:D. I have my moments! ;-)

Rachel- :D
You DB girl- your creations month after month just amaze me!

Laavanya- it would...just cut down on the chilli addition if you ever plan to make it for A. H found it a little too sweet, so he added some more heat!

Nupur- thank you for hosting! I especially like this edition of MBP.:D

Asha- thank you.:D
Thanks to Bhags and Arundathi, I can say I tried something from the NE part of India.

Vegetable platter- do let me know if u make it!:)

JZ- thank you. :D

Sra- I am looking that up now.:)

Mitr- thanks.:)

Richa- I liked how they were used here.:) So y r u posting so infrequently these days?

Aparna- thank you.:)

Sunshinemom- It was HOT! I like it hot and it was HOT even for me.:D

Lore- I'm all for quick and easy recipes! I hope you like it as much as I did! :)

Lisa- thank you.:)

Bhags- I made something from a part of India that is so very unfamiliar to me in every which way thanks to your event.:)


Susan- Sweet and simple seems to be my mantra where cooking is concerned.:D

Ranjani- thank you!:D

Namratha- thanks...busy, eh?

Sailaja said...

Looks Delicious.
You have a very nice blog

Sireesha said...

Loved this tomato oambal, its new to me. Will try soon....

Shreya said...

this looks and sounds (oambal) so yummy! really different.

Kevin said...

That does sound quick and easy and good.

Mallugirl said...

ombal. what does that word mean? the sauce looks saucy?

TBC said...

Sailaja, Sireesha, Shreya, Kevin- thank you.:)

Shaheen- no idea, but I'm guessing chutney/relish, maybe? :D

Arundathi said...

Didn't know that you had tried this - how fantastic to use this as a sauce for the noodles - looks delicious!! thanks for trying it! :D

TBC said...

Yeah, I did... left u a comment too on your post.:D It is too good and simple to not have tried. Thank YOU! :D

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