Tomato Bath

Today one of my husbands friends came over.She is my husbands’ classmate from bangalore,she is pursuing her masters in North Carolina.I remember as students we always used to crave for home cooked food,so i thought ill make some karnataka special tomato bath.She absolutely loved it.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Serves:4-5

Ingredients:
1/3 cup Peanuts +Cashew nuts
1 teaspoon Chana daal
1 teaspoon Urad daal
1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
1 stem Curry leaves
1 inch Ginger minced
6-8 Green chillis minced(adjust per spice level)
1 pinch asafetida
1/2 cup Onion chopped
1 cup Sooji/Rava/semolina
Salt to taste
3 medium tomatoes(2 cups chopped)
1/4 cup peas(optional)
2 teaspoons ghee
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric

Procedure:
1.In a pan heat 1 teaspoon ghee, add the rava and roast it.

2.Heat the remaining ghee in a different pan, add chana dal and urad dal and roast until light brown.
3.Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds,turmeric and curry leaves and let splutter.
4.Add chopped onions, chopped ginger,salt, asafetida and green chili and saute for 3-4 minutes.

5.Add the cashews and peanuts and roast for 2 minutes.
6.Add tomatoes and peas and let cook until tomatoes are soft.
7.Add 3 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Check your salt and spice and add more if you like.The liquid should be very lightly salty since the salt comes down once you add the Rava.
8.Once the water comes to boil add the roasted sooji slowly, continuously mixing it to avoid forming lumps. Cook for 3 minutes, switch off the stove let it rest for 5 minutes and serve.

Tips:
Goes well with any Indian pickle and peanut powder.
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