Tomato Saar is a tomato rasam like gravy which is so similar to the south Indian tomato rasam, minus the rasam spice powder in it. Usually eaten with the Maharashtrian Masala Baath, this saar is a part of the traditional Maharashtrian cuisine.
Like I told in my previous post, I made the Tomato Saar and Masala Baath after talking to my friend about comfort food.
It really astonishes me at times on how the simple tomato is used in so many various forms all across India. Whether it is the tomato rasam, the sev tameta nu shaak, Bengali tomato chutney, tomato rice or the tomato gravy based curries, each way of eating tomato is so different and yet there is an underlying similarity in the food. Why look at India, even international cuisines use tomato as their basis in so many dishes. Whether it is the simple tomato basil sauce for the pasta, or the topping for the pizza, or the tomato ketchup or spicy tomato jam or a tomato pickle, each one is so amazing to taste. Toss the tomato in a salad or place them in a sandwich, it tastes different and unique in every dish!
The tomato plant is so easy to grow as well. In fact if you have an overload of tomatoes in the house either from the plant or you find them really cheap, you can either make a simple tomato pasta/pizza sauce and even use it as a topping for cheese and crackers or spread for sandwiches. If you still have more tomatoes with you, then just boil the tomatoes, skin them and then grind them into a puree and store them in the fridge. Put them in the ice tray and freeze them overnight. Then remove the cubes and put them in a ziplock bag, and you have can use them as and when you need.
So many uses of the tomatoes and such a lovely versatile and pretty looking vegetable/fruit is it!