Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tomato sweet

After posting the 'Tamil Muslim's wedding Biryani' , I literally forgot to explain about the side dishes. (Yes, the biryani preparation varies from state to state and there can be a lot of variations).
Tomato sweet explained here is authentically known as Thakkali thithippu in Tamil. Thakkali means Tomato and Thithippu means sweet . It is an unique side dish served with Biryani in Tamil-Muslim festivals. Many a time I had the opportunity to taste this sweet brought by my mother's friend. The aunt tells us that the Tomato sweet can pacify the heat of biryani and will help in digestion. Mom got many recipes from that aunt and thereafter my mom too started making her yummy dishes in our house:) One among those is the drool worthy sweet, the Thakkali thithippu




Ingredients:

Ripe Vine Tomato (nattu thakkali)- 5 (1/2 kg)
Sugar - 1/4 kg
cardamom - 5
cashew nut - 10
Kismis / Raisin - 10
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Rose essence - 2 drops (must)
Water

Method:

Put all the whole tomatoes in a wide vessel.
Pour water to immerse the tomatoes.
Cover and cook till the tomato starts cracking.
Put off fire and let the fruits get cool.
Then peel off the skin and discard.
Grind the pulp into a fine puree.
Now heat a wide vessel with 1 tbsp ghee.
Fry the cashews , raisins and keep aside.
In the same vessel pour the puree and sugar .
Let them boil to get a thick consistency.
Now add the fried cashew, raisins and powdered cardamom.
Turn off heat.
Add 2 drops of rose essence and mix well.
(I have seen a lot of rose petals strewn over the sweet in the marriage feasts).
Tomato sweet is ready !

Serving suggestions:
Serve as side dish with Biryani or simply like a jam with bread.

Note:
I have given the original measurements for sugar , just like I make. But you can vary that with Zero calorie sugars. But I am not sure of the results.

30 comments:

VineelaSiva said...

Wow tomato sweet never heard it.But i think it tastes good.Will try sometime.

Pooja said...

Wow looks delicious! Never had a chance to try this!

ARUNA said...

wow this definetely is something to try......looks tempting!

Pavithra said...

Viki i know about that sweet but never tried and tasted though.. but seeing urs feel like i should try once...thanks for sharing

Ann said...

Thats interesting Viki..Among the malayalee muslims they too serve a sweet pickle along with biriyani.Thats date pickle..you can imagine.
drools over your tomato sweet..!!

Lavanya Siva said...

wow.....looks so colourful and delecious. Never tried it.......Great recipe

Ramya said...

thakkali thithippu must be really delish..I have heard abt it but never tasted it..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Sounds very interesting! Looks drool worthy:)

Anu said...

Wow looks delicious! Sounds very interesting.....

chakhlere said...

wow!! that's cool condiment.
Its new to me and must try.

kittymatti said...

wow!this is really different!looks lovely!

Gita said...

My mom makes this with briyani...it has been a while since I had this sweet...looks so yummy dear :)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

we make a similar one too... love your version...

Sanghi said...

New to me.. Simply delicious and colour too!! Yummy viki!

Sushma Mallya said...

thats a very unique and a nice sweet...Nice Colour as well...

Prathibha said...

That is something new to me....looks yummy...nice color

Vibaas said...

never heard of this sweet before. it looks so yum, like a jam :)

Chitra said...

nEW TO ME..LOOKS YUMM!NICE COLOR:)

lissie said...

this is something new to me...but it looks so yummy! nice click!

Shama Nagarajan said...

looks yummy dear....like to grab the bowl

Vrinda said...

Very unique sweet,i got similar recipe from my friend, she called it tomato halwa..but i was confused with the recipe,never tried anything sweet with tomatoes..will giv it a try..

sangeeta said...

this version of tomato chutny looks tempting.....i am sure it is actually a chutny...we make a different version and you'd see that bengalis have another version which is my fave..

Poornima Nair said...

I've never heard of this. But that bright red color is so appealing and looks so yumm. Great dish!

Varsha Vipins said...

wow..thats new to me Viki..:)..bright fiery red..:)

Yasmeen said...

looks so luscious,love the rich color :P

Mangala Bhat said...

Wow! tomato sweet ..sounds great ! Looks heavenly :)

Kalaivani said...

Never had a chance to try this,great recipe.Thanks for the post.

Srilakshmi said...

Oh WOW! Tomato Sweet? That was the only thing I thought that couldn't be done with tomatoes. Looks great!

jayasree said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. A new dish to me. I make tomato ketchup at home. This is a different recipe. Sounds delicious.

Smitha said...

Wow Viki, That halwa looks delish. First time Hearing of a sweet with tomato. Love the color.

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