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Tomato Santosh

Tomatoes are commonly used as a vegetable ingredient or side dish. Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Lycopene gives them their bright red color and helps protect them from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. In much the same way, it can help protect your cells from damage. Tomatoes release more lycopene when cooked. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.

Recipe credit: Darshana Muzumdar

Serves 4-6 people as a part of an Indian meal.


  • ½ kg ripe tomatoes (5-6 large tomatoes)
  • 3 large onions
  • 4-6 red chillies (fewer if you prefer less spicy food)
  • ⅓ cup of fresh coconut, grated or scraped
  • 1 inch ball of jaggery
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut or groundnut oil
  • Salt to taste


Chop the onions fine. Wash and cut the tomatoes into 8 pieces. Heat the oil in a thick bottom steel pot and fry the chopped onions till golden brown. Add the tomato pieces, jaggery, and salt and steam cook on a low flame till the tomatoes are tender. Grind the grated coconut, red chillies and turmeric powder finely. Add this to the tomato and onions. Cook till it comes to a boil and then turn off the heat. Use less jaggery and a little tamarind paste if you prefer it to be less sweet and more sour. Serve hot with rotis or jowar bhakris. A little water can be added if it’s to be served with rice. This can also be served as an accompaniment.

For the Whole-Food Plant-Based (WFPB) version:

Do not use any oil. Put the chopped onion in the thick bottom steel pot, add a little salt, and mix it well. Rest it for a few minutes for it to release moisture. Fry it till it’s translucent or golden brown adding a little water if it starts burning. Alternatively, add a little water to the chopped onions and pressure cook it for one whistle. Use the water to grind the grated coconut.

Use 2 tablespoons or more of date paste instead of the jaggery.

Replace refined salt with rock salt.

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