Tomato Chokha Recipe : Tomato Chokha or tomato bharta is a side dish made of roasted tomatoes. Tomato Chokha is a very popular dish of Bihar. Bihar’s Litti Chokha is known all over the world. Sattu filled Litti is baked / cooked and served with tomato chokha gives such a flavor and taste that almost everyone falls in love with this combination Litti and Chokha.
Tomato Chokha is served with Litti in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. It is a special preparation of roasted tomatoes. Tomato chokha is not the only chokha recipe in Bihar, there are other famous chokha recipes as well. Brinjal Chokha or Baingan Chokha is also a popular dish and often served with Litti along with Tomato Chokha. Poptato Chokha is also a known combination with Litti.
Tomato Chokha is prepared with roasted tomatoes, mustard oil and mix of spices. This recipe can be adjusted according the taste of your own in terms of spices but mustard oil is a must to give it authenticity.
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Tomato Chokha is very easy to make, yes, it will take a little extra attention. Tomatoes have to be cooked on fire. By the way, if you want to roast anything in the traditional way, a wood stove is needed, but tomatoes roasted on gas fire also gives the same taste. To get a slight roasted aroma, the tomato has to be roasted till its skin starts burning / charred.
Ingredients for Tomato Chokha Recipe
- Tomato: 2 large
- Onion: 1 finely chopped
- Green Chilli: 1 – 2 finely chopped
- Ginger: 1/2 inch finely chopped
- Garlic: 2 – 3 cloves
- salt as per taste
- Fresh Green Coriander: 1 tbsp finely chopped
- Lemon juice: 1 teaspoon
- Mustard oil: a little more than 1 teaspoon (a few drops)
How to make Tomato Chokha | Tomato Chokha Recipe
First of all, wash the tomatoes thoroughly. Wipe tomatoes with a clean cloth and make small cuts in it with a knife. The cuts are just to make sure that the tomato roasts evenly on fire. We do not have to cut the tomato thoroughly .
Tomatoes should be roasted on direct fire. Baking also gives the same taste but in order to get the charred flavor we should cook it on fire even after baking. Cook the tomatoes till you see that the tomato skin has started to break and char. When the peel starts burning, then the tomato is roasted well. It takes about 12 to 15 minutes to roast the tomatoes. While roasting tomatoes, keep turning the tomatoes from time to time in order to roast it evenly.
Once tomatoes are roasted and charred, keep aside and let it cool down completely. When tomatoes are cool enough to handle, peel the skin of tomatoes. Now mash the roasted tomato with fork or hand or a masher, alternatively you can make grind it in a mixer grinder as well. want. Chokha texture is lumpy. It is not an even paste of tomatoes. You choose the texture of chokha and grind or mash it accordingly. Here I have chopped tomatoes finely.
Now mix finely chopped onion, green chili and green coriander in it.
Now mix finely chopped ginger to it. Also, add salt according to your taste in it.
Now let’s heat mustard oil. We should be only heating the mustard oil to warm temperature. We should not cook mustard oil to high temperature at all. Often, when we use mustard oil in vegetables for tempering, we heat it till smoke comes out. To make tomato chokha, we do not have to heat mustard oil that much.
When the oil is hot, add chopped garlic and fry till the garlic becomes light golden.
Add this tempering of garlic in the roasted tomatoes and the rest of the mixture. Mix all the ingredients well. Now add the lemon juice as well and mix well.
Now Tomato chokha is ready to serve. It can be eaten / served with Litti. Tomato CHokha is good as a chutney as well and can be combined with parathas like plain paratha or ajwain paratha.
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