Monday, July 28, 2008

My edible garden look

Gardening is one of the recent interests that I discovered after buying a house. Next, the West coast weather made favorable to grow few vegetables and flowers either in soil or pot. I keep my annuals in pots to make easier my fall cleaning.


My container chili plant

I visited the nursery to buy few seeds of vegetable. I started indoor in winter and planted them later in February outside. Now, time came to harvested some juicy tomatoes and some chilis …Okra are still looking too young to be pluck! Few herbs are thriving in pots! My strawberry seems not growing too fast :(
But gardening brings me some relief and I enjoyed spending my time in my backyard :)
Guess you have a fair idea now, how my little vegetable is born!

Tomato plant

Tomatoes are the first vegetable that we enjoyed this season. Made few salad, soup, rasam and ended with tomato chutney!

My first crop in variety of sizes



Thakkali chutney/ Tomato chutney is my mom’s recipe. Little tangy and the spice is balanced with coconut is great hit in my family. Mom usually serves with idli or dosa for breakfast.

Ingredients:
Tomato: 3 medium /chopped
Onion: ½ sliced
Red chili: 3 or less or more
Coconut: ¼ cup
Oil: ½ tsp
Salt: per ur taste or 1/2 tsp

Seasoning:
Oil: ½ tsp
Hing:a pinch
Mustard seeds: ¼ tsp
Curry leaves: few


Method:
Heat oil in a pan; fry the onion first for few seconds until they turn translucent next add the tomato & chili and let cook until they become soft and juicy.
Let it cool completely.
Add the coconut and grind it with little water.
Heat oil and do the seasoning starting with hing. When the mustard seeds starts to split, switch off the stove and add the curry leaves. Pour into the chutney and mix well.

This tomato chutney can be served for idli/dosa or even rotis! Dosa batter is usually an item that I keep in fridge.
Tomato chutney and dosa

I am sending my Tomato chutney accompanied by dosa to Sia who is hosting WBB –summer feast, an event started by Nandita.


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Next, My homegrown tomato will go to GYO started by Andrea, and this month Jai & Bee are hosting this event.

47 comments:

bee said...

the dosa and chutney look drool worthy. thank you, dear cham.

Padma said...

I am so much longing to have a garden of my own..... love that juicy tomatoes and the chutney....

Laavanya said...

I want that dosa and chutney now!! Looks fabulous Cham and homegrown is always special :)

meeso said...

Your tomato's look great, so juicy... and the chutney sounds delicious!!!

kamala said...

wow...Lovely fresh vegetables...I too make the same way of tomato chutney.Love it.

Siri said...

Cham - U are the one lucky one to have home-grown vegetables. they looks soo gud. Yummy chutney..:))

Hugs,
Siri

Suma Rajesh said...

woo...thats nice and lovly tomato plant...and ur chutney looks tempting...i prepare them without adding cococut....

rekhas kitchen said...

hmmmm home grown is a dreem in U.A.E combo looks mouth watering great pic

Dhivya said...

Hi cham..
How r u??I am back..thanks for ur wishes and nice words...

Ur garden looks so great and chutney is just awesome

Cinnamon said...

Wow.. thats a lovely garden youhave got... and the tomato chutney looks delicious...

Madhavi said...

Hummmm fresh tomato, love ur dosa and tomato chutney, look mouth-drooling!!!

Sunshinemom said...

Cham! Gardening is such a relaxing experience but due to space constraints I stopped growing potted plants for sometime. Now at my daughter insistence started growing wheat grass, and am planning to grow chillies too!

Thakkali chutney tastes yummy with dosa, idli and rice! Lovely colour too:)

Hey! I just started an event and the thakkali chutney is perfect. Do send it in, dear:)

SMN said...

Dosa and chuteny looks yum and it is always nice to eat farm fresh veggies.

notyet100 said...

lucky tohve ur own garden,..chutney looks yum

jayasree said...

Tomatoes looks very juicy. Seems you have had a good harvest of tomatoes.
Dosa & chutney pic is drool worthy - my eyes are on the crispy dosas

Aparna said...

Your plants look fabulous. Miss my plants back in Kochi.:(

Srivalli said...

those are some lovely chilies and tomatoes..how nice to cook from your garden!!..

Sireesha said...

WoW.......Lovely and cuty plants...Yummy chutney :))I prepare chutney without adding coconut..

Lavi said...

Lovely plants cham..Chutney looks delicious!!

Priti said...

Chutney looks just perfect along with dosa and you got nice plants there..

Illatharasi said...

I too have chillies in a small pot ;) it fun and happy to see them growing....

There's something for you in my blog... come and take it ;)

Sia said...

those tomatoes are simply gorgeous cham:) thank u for this beautiful entry:)

Poonam said...

Chutney looks mouthwatering!

A_and_N said...

Wow Cham! Your own garden? Thats pretty neat! The tomatoes look ripe and juicy.....and the chutney looks great! Nothing beats a crisp dosai and chutney :)

easycrafts said...

although the tomatoes are of different size, each one of them is perfect red ...I love growing plants and used to few years back...but now no space for it

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear cham
you have green hands and the vegetables look so healthy and nice. And lo behold ! you used freshly picked tomatoes to make a chutney...wow....it will really be nice entry and that too organic food..well done cham !

Uma said...

mmm. lovely chutney from your own garden! looks so colorful and yummy.

solai said...

Wow,tomatoes from your garden.I too is crazy of gardening.if the tomatoes are from our garden it will be double tasty.Enjoy dear

Shreya said...

amazing pictures of the chilli plant and tomatoes, so nice to have your own garden! And what a great recipe too, the entry is just perfect:-)

Vanamala said...

fantastic pics...dosa & chutney looks good

Richa said...

true, gardening feels so good :) ur tomatoes look great!
loved the texture & color of chutney, would like to try it!

Revathi said...

beautiful container garden Cham.. that too tomato rasam made with home-grown tomatoes mmmm drooling here.
Chutney looks awesome -

Vaishali said...

How delicious, Cham. It's so fulfilling, truly, to grow your own, isn't it?

Sangeeth said...

wow cham i really wanna c ur garden....i luv gardening too..

sowmya said...

loved your plants..dosa and chutney looks good...you can send your chutney to colour event (sunshine mon's)and to creative pooja

Mansi Desai said...

that looks great Cham! I've planted mint, chillies and tomatoes too this time:) waiting for my peas now:) isn't it fun having your own garden??

love the dosa and chutney!:)

Divya Vikram said...

am so jealous cham..those tomatoes are too appealing..
i am planning to grow some herbs at home..will have to get few tips from u

Cooking Station said...

My chili plant yeilded one chilli which I used to make usli! Your garden looks so nice! and yes that combo of dosa and chutney is inviting :)

Cinnamon said...

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Kumudha said...

Wow! homegrown veggies look great.

Chutney and dosa look so tasty!

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

u have a great garden going there!! the tomatoes picture looks awesome, not to mention the chutney and dosa! drooool drooool!! :-)

Cham said...

Thanks u everyone to take time and leave your thoughts

Sujatha said...

those are beautiful tomatoes! And your dosa and tomato chutney makes my hungry now.. :) Wonderful entry, dear cham.

Namratha said...

The chutney looks awesome Cham, can't wait to try it!

Madhuram said...

Right now I have only mint and tulsi. The tomaotes look so good. Would love to see more of your garden pictures.

Miri said...

absolutely yummy looking tomatoes - congratulations on a beautiful first crop! and the chutney looks amazing too - may I add a tip - a tsp of roasted and ground added to the chutney really improves the taste and texture...

Andrea said...

Your tomatoes are really beautiful, and the dosa and chutney look delicious! Thank you for sharing these with Grow Your Own!