Monday, June 8, 2009

Tomato Khatta (with Khajur)



Tomato Khatta is a favorite temple side dish from Orissa. On festival days and in temple prasads, it is a consistent side dish. It has a nice balance of sweetness and sourness to it. Its a quick and easy dish and goes very well with Dalma - another staple of Oriya cooking.

The 1st time I made Tomato Khatta for my Oriya potluck party, it was big disaster. But one of the experts in our group (S bhauja), gave me some tips and since then it turns out really good. I follow her steps to the T (ok - not exactly since I don't add the coconut). Once you add coconut, the dish looks very colorful too....


Ingredients

4 large tomato cut into small pieces
10 -12 seedless dates
handful of raisins (optional)
1/2 cup sugar
handful of curry leaves
1/2 inch ginger thinly sliced
2 green chilies
1 tablespoon of panch phutana
1 table spoon Jeera and fried Methi powder
handful of Fresh coconut (optional)
1 table spoon of oil
salt to taste

How to

Heat oil in a pan. Add panch phutana.
When they start to crack add ginger, curry leaves and green chilies.
Add chopped tomatoes, dates and salt. Saute for few minutes until water from the tomatoes dries up.
Add sugar and cook until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture thickens in consistency. Finally add raisins and jeera and methi powder.
Add fresh coconut and remove from fire. (I didn't add it)

This tastes better the next day.

41 comments:

  1. Interesting....looks yum w dates

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  2. hi Hcof,
    love this kind of sweet chutneys, had know about the dates and tomato chutney but hadn't gone into the details of it. Thanks for posting it, I'll keep it BM'd in my recipe collection. The methi powder additon is sure interesting.
    nice click esp. the second one.

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  3. That looks compltely interesting set of ingredients..hmm...

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  4. Wow thats lovely and different recipe. Will try it out immediately.

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  5. Wow very different and new dish for me..looks terrific!

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  6. Tomatoes with Dates and Raisins, that is a different and yummy recipe. Looks lovely. A sure to try one.

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  7. wow tomatoes with dates yummmy different recipe.yum.

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  8. Completely new to me...looks yum.....must try...

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  9. Very different .... looks yumm and with dates n raisins should have tasted great :)

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  10. Interesting one...jes wanted to know wat is panch phutana?

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  11. Oh my this looks divine! Glad to know about traditional Oriya dishes! I would love to try this out!

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  12. wow! it looks soo tatsy ..yummy ..Thanks for sharing :) will try this today :D

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  13. Wow... i really liked this recipe..Tomatoes with dates,sounds like a good combo..Bookemarking this recipe..One doubt,wat is 'phutana'?

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  14. this is such an interesting recipe

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  15. First time making recipes are not always a hit. Takes a lot of time and repetitions to get it right, and this looks perfect.

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  16. Anu - so true... Practise makes one perfect...
    Vrinda and Nitya - have added alink to panch phutan...
    Friends - so nice of you to drop by with such prompt comments...

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  17. Aha-I love the khatta-meeta combo!! Sounds great and the dates will pack in loads of iron too. What do you have this dish with-rice or is it like a dip?

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  18. Hi ya
    This is my first time here. U have a lovely space. I am sure that I will come back often.

    Interesting recipe:-0

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  19. nice recipe! looks great :)

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  20. adding raising is new to me. i make the gravy all the time though..

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  21. Sweta - we use it as a side dish. So eat it with dalma (dal with vegetables) and rice and some curry...
    Vij - thanks so much for dropping by.
    Uma - thanks.
    Nags - wow you make it too ? So many dishes from different regions are so similiar... Glad to find out...

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  22. Wow interesting combination of tomato and khajur..fab :)

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  23. Love this chatni. :-) And the chuda bhaja too.

    Tumo naam kon? HCOF kahibaku bholo lage nahi. ;-)

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  24. Interesting and yummy recipe..

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  25. u take me by surprise with every recipe.great one .and ya I have the same question as Sharmila..HCOF is too long...if u wudnt mind tellin us ur name..

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  26. Hi my name is .Somoo - thats what my friends and family call me...
    Thanks for the lovely comments. I am glad u like it...

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  27. hey, this is our tomato chutney. More similarities. I love tomato chutney and even the mango and pineapple ones. Used to have them in glasses (!) after Durga Puja feasts in our building.

    My brother's nick name is Shomu

    Kalyan

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  28. lovely recipe somoo.. colorful too:)

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  29. Always vote for this kind of sweet and hot chutneys. Lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing dear.

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  30. Hello Somoo...Thanks for visiting My blog...And really you have a nice blog too...great collection of Oriya foods...Something is really same as bengali language...Nice.

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  31. Kalyna - yes some of our recipes are similiar or most are... I love the pineapple chutney too... Its so awesome...
    Chitra - thanks.
    Viki - thanks.
    Pinky - yes our foods are similar like the language too... Keep visiting.

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  32. Sounds interesting! Nice recipe... A never tried combination!

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  33. I am learning so many new dishes fromyou HCOF..that looks amazin..thank..:)

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  34. this recipe sounds interesting, looks great!!!!

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  35. that one is something new to me, the combination of tomatoes with ginger and dry fruits and coconut, totally new, interesting and maybe I should say authentic. I love trying new tastes and recipes, will try this some time!

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  36. Wow.. So many new recipes to try! looks great and yumm.

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  37. Anu, Prithi, Varsha, Aruna, Akal and Ann - thanks for stopping by... Yes I love presenting these typical dishes from Orissa...

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  38. Lots of great looking dishes here! I can't keep up with all the dishes I want to make...there's always so many good ones :)
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