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Christine Manfield: Sweet-and-sour tomatoes

You'll need

1/3 cup (80 ml) vegetable oil 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp brown mustard seeds 4 tomatoes, quartered ½ tsp ground turmeric 1 tbsp ground coriander 1½ tsp chilli powder 2 tbsp white sugar


  • 01
  • Heat oil in a kadhai or wok over medium heat and fry the cumin and mustard seeds until they splutter. Add the tomato and stir until coated with the seeds, then stir in the ground spices, sugar and 1 tsp salt.
  • 02
  • Add 1 cup (250 ml) water, then reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes (not too long, or the tomato will break down). Sprinkle with coriander and serve.
Note Tasting India by Christine Manfield, with photography by Anson Smart, will be published in October by Penguin Lantern ($89.95, hbk). Recipes have been reproduced here with minor GT style changes. Manfield hosts a 16-day “Tasting India” tour from Delhi to Hyderabad for Epicurious Travel starting 30 October.

This recipe is from the September 2011 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

This is one of my all-time favourite tomato preparations. From Rashmi Singh at Rohet Garh, it epitomises the food of the desert. It can be served with other vegetable dishes and makes a great accompaniment to grilled fish or chicken, especially during summer when clean, light flavours are in demand. - Christine Manfield

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  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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