Monday, January 18, 2016

Sev Tamatar: Sev Tomato: Rajasthan/Marwadi Style

Its super cold in London. No I am not kidding. The other day while coming back from office the wind was so harsh and cold I thought I will die before I reach home. I had my jumpers on, a thick black overcoat buttoned up and long boots, all sorted. But the wind was unkind and stony. It blew my hair in the cruelest way possible, slapped on my face, my fingers were numb and ears shocked. With all struggle I finally reached home. Home sweet home. Ah these winters make me so angry and lazy. What shall I cook for dinner-my next battle!

Quick look in the fridge, the chapatti dough was ready. So let’s make some quick lazy subji/curry. There you go; no veggies in the fridge-another challenge for the day. First I thought to make my favorite papad ki subji, the no veggie curry but then I saw a packet of namkeen, and it had to be Sev Tamatar Ki Subji-the Rajasthani or marwadi style. So what is sev- sev is spicy fried gram flour noodles. It can be eaten just like a snack. The packets are easily available in any indian store and if you haven’t you MUST try it.

More Rajasthan/Marwari Subji (curry):

Sev tamatar ki subji is sev and tomato curry. Two types are famous- the gujarati style which is called as sev tameta nu shak and rajasthani style. Gujarat curry is bit tangy and sweet, whereas rajasthan is spicy and hot. Born and bought up in rajasthan this curry is very special to my heart. The days when mom had less mood to cook, was not well or no vegetables were available this curry came in handy. She would ask my father or brother to buy a packet of namkeen and then start preparing for the subzi. In this recipe you can use ratlavi sev, moti sev, spicy sev or even garlic (lehsun) sev. I have used Kohinoor bhujia sev.

You just need basic Indian spices, garlic, tomatoes and sev. It took me 10 minutes in total to prepare this curry. Served it with some Indian kachumber salad and chapatti. The dinner was enjoyed and I was bit ok with novelty of winters.

1 and 1/2 cups Tomatoes chopped finely
5 cloves garlic minced or grated
1 medium size onion chopped finely
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
1/4 teaspoon turmeric/haldi
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder/dhaniya
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder (adjust as per taste)
Salt to taste
Pinch of sugar
2 cups water
1/2 cup sev/namkeen/bhujia
2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves

Heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add cumin, let it splutter.
Add garlic and chopped onion. Cook for 1 minute or till onion turns soft.
Add chopped tomatoes and all the spices. Mix and cook tomatoes till they turn soft and mushy.
Add 2 cups or water and sugar. Let it boil for 5 minutes.
Add sev and coriander leaves. Mix and serve.

Add sev just before serving else it will become soggy.
I have used kashmiri red chilli powder, it gives good colour but is not very spicy.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Cook With Green Event Announcement And Giveaway

Hello everyone and wish you all a very Happy New Year 2016. I hope and wish that you all have a healthy and amazing year ahead. With new year comes lot of new surprises and here I am with a surprise. I am back with Cook With Colour event. Those of you have been following and appreciating my blog will know that I used to organize the events with colour specifications. Merry Tummy has successfully launched Cook with Yellow, Cook with Red and Cook with White event- thanks for all the support through your tasty entries.

2016 shall start with the colour of growth-GREEN. Cook with Green event. The event will run for a month from 10 January 2016 to 10 February 2016.

Yes all you have to do is cook with Green ingredients’.   Yup! Put on your thinking caps and cook anything green. Here is the collection of my recipes which were cooked with green things- green chutney, palak paneer, mirchi ka achaar, mint cucumber cooler.

So lets eat and cook more and more green, after all greens are soooooooo healthy and what can be a better start for the year. Examples of green ingredients: all green leaves-coriander, mint, spinach, kale etc; veggies like broccoli, cabbage, okra, peas, beans, chilies etc. Or fruits like grapes, kiwi, green apple, pear etc.

Rules for the event-
  • Cook with anything Green. Green ingredient must be the main one and not just used in garnishing.
  • Multiple entries are welcome and appreciated. Sweet, savoury, drinks anything can be included.
  • The event has to be linked back as Cook With Green announced at Merry Tummy. (Compulsory)
  • Usage of logo is optional but I would be happy if you could use it, as it helps spread word.
  • You have to like  Merry Tummy's Facebook Page, Follow me on Instagram. (Compulsory)
  • Only after your first entry, share the event details at facebook page.(I want more people to know about the event). Keep your this post public in Facebook so that I can see it. (Compulsory- have to do only once)
  • Please use the linky tool to link your recipes below. (Mention the name of the dish you make and not your name.)
  • Else Send a mail to with the subject line as Cook With Green and with the following details:
    • Your Name
    • Recipe Name
    • Blog Name
    • Recipe URL (Please send the Recipe URL and not the blog URL)
    • Picture of the dish

Giveaway-  I will choose 1 lucky person through I will then ask the winner to choose from cookware, bakeware, cook books or kitchen accessories as prize. Once again, the giveaway is open for people who can give Indian address :)


Hope you all will like the theme. Go green. Send in the tasty dishes ladies :)