Tomato is a well- known fruit or vegetable widely grown in almost all the regions of the world and consumed by majority of the world population. Tomato a berry variety, red in colour, bit tangy, with less sweetness, available in different shapes and sizes.
Tomato is used in combination with other fruits &vegetables, included in cuisine around the world. Eaten raw or cooked, blanched or smashed, salads, soups, juices, chutneys, ketchups, sauces, cocktails &pickles are some of the dishes that are prepared with tomatoes. Canning of tomato is also done. Un ripened green tomatoes are also available in the market.
Tomatoes can be easily grown in the backyards of the houses and even in the pots too. Tomatoes can be simply be stored in a room temperature and they don’t require refrigeration.
Plum, grape and cherry are the major varieties of tomatoes.
Moderate amount of vitamin C is present in tomatoes. Including tomatoes in the daily diet provides protection against cardio vascular disease and cancer.
In south India, a dish named RASAM is prepared with tomatoes & is a popular dish and included in the daily menu. With Green un ripened tomato, dal & chutney are also prepared, without adding tamarind as the tomato itself is sour.
Let’s get to know the preparation of TOMATO COCKTAIL:
# Select fully ripened tomatoes and extract juice.
# Simmer the tomato juice with spices loosely tied in a cloth bag for about 20 minutes in a covered vessel. (spices-clove, cumin, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander seeds, red chillies)
# Then add lime juice, vinegar and common salt.
# When all the ingredients have been mixed and the cocktail is ready for bottling
# Heat it to 82˚ to 88˚ c and fill it into bottles, which have been sterilised and kept hot for filling.
# Close the bottles and keep them immersed in boiling water for 30 minutes.
# Then allow them to cool and store in a cool and dry place.