Sunday, August 29, 2010

Home Made Tomato Salsa (Ver1.0)

Wondering what a weird title Ver1.0 is ? Well... It is just to let you know that this is just the first version of the most loved Mexican appetizer - 'The Salsa' of the widely known combo - 'Chips & Salsa'. I have tasted various types of salsas even in the remotest places of our neighborhood, few salsas are chunky, few contain cheese, few are made fresh at the table... and the list goes on. Few other versions will roll out soon in the near future. Salsa does not require much introduction... so here goes the recipe.
Ripe Tomatoes - 2 medium sized, washed and cut into quarters
Onion - 1/4 of a medium sized onion
Green Chillies - 2-3
Garlic - 2 small cloves
Cilantro/Coriander Leaves - few sprigs
Coriander Powder - 1/4 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - As per taste
Chopped Cilantro/Coriander Leaves - 1 tbsp (for garnish)

Method of Preparation:
1. Heat a vessel and add quartered tomatoes, onion, green chillies, garlic cloves, cilantro/coriander leaf sprigs along with 1/2 cup of water and cook covered for 15 minutes.
2. Let the boiled mixture cool down.
3. Add the boiled mixture to a grinder/blender along with salt, cumin powder and coriander powder. For a chunky salsa, just pulse twice or thrice and for a smooth salsa blend for 30 seconds.
4. Garnish with chopped cilantro/coriander leaves
5. Serve warm or chilled.

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