All of us have experienced the delight of adding tomatoes to so many of our sauces, curries, soups, salsas and even yes even drinks. Did you just think Bloody Mary? The bright red color and the juicy tangy flavor, that sizzles up any recipe you add it to, make tomato a key ingredient in many popular recipes across cuisines. Coming to Indian cooking, well it’s been used since ages in most curries and surely adds to their taste and flavor.
Botanically, the tomato is a fruit, though its used as a vegetable for culinary purposes. Tomatoes are a low-calorie fruit, and excellent source of anti-oxidants, fiber and minerals. They are said to be good sources of vitamin C and Vitamin A.
Lycopene present in tomatoes is responsible for the bright red color and is also said to help prevent cancer. Tomato juice is also considered to help reduce urinary tract symptoms. They are also said to be good for the heart. Additionally, tomatoes help make the skin look younger and make a great option for a natural homemade face pack.
While choosing tomatoes, check for a bright red color and make sure that the skin is smooth and not shriveled or cracked.
Can we really do without salsa? To prepare fresh tomato salsa, take:
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 3 ripe tomatoes chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
- 1 tablespoon cilantro
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- salt and pepper
- Combine all ingredients and refrigerate.
- Serve with chips
Let’s use more of those bright red juicy wonders. Make more tomato puree, juice it up, and add to salads and veggie soups. Live it up, with tomatoes!
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