Tomatoes are packed with a lot of health benefits. Bright red tomatoes are the best to get good amount of lycopene, vitamins C, K & A, potassium, and fiber. Tomatoes does not lose it's nutritional benefits by cooking. Is tomato a vegetable or a fruit ? Tomato is actually a fruit, but considered a vegetable.
Here is a recipe to cook tomatoes and get the benefits of this fruit / Vegetable.
1 cup - Basmati rice
5 - Tomatoes, chopped2 inch - Ginger, paste
5 flakes - Garlic, paste
10 - shallots , chopped
1 - Green chili, chopped
1/4 tsp - Jeera / Cumin
1/4 tsp - Fennel seeds / Perumjeerakam
2 sprigs - Curry leaves
Salt to taste
1 ) Heat oil in pan. Add curry leaves, jeera, fennel seeds and fry for a minute. Then add green chili, paste of ginger - garlic. Fry till lighlty brown.
2 ) Add chopped shallots and lightly brown them. Add chopped tomatoes, fry and cook till tomotoes are a bit mashed. Add salt to taste.
3 ) Add 1.5 cup water and bring it to a boil. Add washed rice, bring to a boil and then simmer. Close with a lid and cook till the rice is fully cooked. Take off the stove. Open the lid only after, it has cooled down a bit.
Serve hot and enjoy this tomato rice.