Friday, February 14, 2014

Tomatoes bringing in the Love

"Love" has a plethora of meanings and definitions. No matter how you define it, when it happens you will know instantly. You don't need to look up for clues or signs. It has the unsurpassed power to bring two people together and keep them together forever. It teaches you  compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, and eventually acceptance- accepting the person you love for what they are. It's a very powerful emotion and I feel dedicating one day for it is not enough. We ought to feel it, realize it and hold on to it in our hearts every single day.

I was in love, newly married, full of dreams and lacking the basic culinary common sense. The love of my life literally had to show me how to turn on the stove, boil the water and cook the rice. I wouldn't be exaggerating when I say that the first few months of our marital bliss was filled with  only tomato rice, eggs and potatoes. The tomato rice was the only dish I could perfect every single time, and it  definitely created a bond between us and our love. 

Over the years I tweaked the recipe as in made it easier for me, using tomato sauce instead of real tomatoes. 

1 cup of cooked rice 

1 cup of tomatoes chopped/ or you can use the any kind of tomato sauce. 
I used the Bertolli olive oil,basil and garlic sauce.  

2 green chilies

1 tsp ginger/ garlic paste or finely chopped 

1 tsp black pepper 

1 tsp chili powder 

1 tsp cumin powder 

1 medium onion chopped 

1 tsp mustard seeds 

1 tsp chana dal 

1 tsp turmeric 

Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, chana dal, turmeric, green chili and the ginger/garlic paste. 

Let them get cozy for a while and then add the onions and the spices - cumin, pepper and chili powder. 

Once the onions are nice and toasty add the tomatoes or the tomato sauce and little water and salt and let it cook. 

Once the sauce thickens and water gets absorbed  its done. 

You can mix it with the cooked rice or even add it to a pasta dish. 

He still eats the dish with the same enthusiasm he had ...... many years ago ;).

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