Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Tomato Uttappam and Meeni-Mini Stuffed Tomatoes !!

This is my contribution to the JFI Tomato event by RP of myworkshop. I thought of contributing two different recipes.

Tomato Uttappam


2 cups semolina (suji)
2 ½ cups sour yogurt
½ cup finely chopped onions
2tbsp finely chopped ginger
Finely chopped green chillis
Tomato slices cut in to circles
Cilantro for garnish


Mix the suji to the yogurt, add salt and let it ferment for about 4-5 hours.
Add chopped onions, ginger, green chillis and if desired any other chopped vegetables.
Pour the batter on the tava and do not spread it much. Just spread it very little and top it with tomatoes and cover it with lid. It should cook in medium heat. Then slowly and carefully toss the uttappam and let it cook for few more seconds.
Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with chutney or sambar.

Meeni- Mini stuffed tomatoes (Stuffed cherry tomatoes)

This can be served as finger food or appetizer.
After looking at Sia’s stuffed tomatoes in yogurt gravy I didnt feel like publishing this recipe of mine. She has done a wonderful job with those tomatoes.


1 cup Medium sized cherry tomatoes

For Stuffing

½ cup grated paneer
½ cup boiled and mashed potato
1tsp ginger paste
½ cup finely chopped onions
1tspgaram masala
½ tsp cumin powder
½ tsp chilli powder
Chopped cilantro
3tbsp oil


In a pan add oil. Fry the onions, ginger, potato and paneer. To this add salt, chilli powder, garam masala and cumin powder. Let it cook till the raw smell leaves.
Then add cilantro and let it cool a little.

Very carefully cut the edge of the tomato and remove the seeds with the help of a small knife and your little finger (Pinky). See the picture.
Now stuff them carefully and close it with the cut out tomato top. Now you can either keep it in oven for 3-4 minutes at 250 degrees or cook in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes. You can even grill or slightly sauté it in a pan with some oil for few minutes.
If you don’t want it that way forget it. You can just pop it in your mouth raw. It is a nice finger food but should be served hot to get the real taste.
Hope you all will like it.


FH said...

Hi Sharmi,both of these recipes are unique,don;t feel that you can't post something you cooked bcos it's in the other blogs already.Every recipe if different,that's the fun of blogging!:)
That said,Rava Uttappam is new to me and stuffing Cherry Tomatoes is a great idea,bite sized and easy to eat.Thank you.I have a salad with those,coming up tomorrow.

Sia said...

i agree with ashakka. u have done excellent work here. both r my favourites. uttappa looks like indian pizza:) very colourful dishes sharmi. love it

Sharmi said...

Thank you dear Asha and Sia!! You two are such darlings!! That's so nice of you both.

Unknown said...

This is fantastic, like Asha said, the dishes are really unique. I particularly like the tomatoes stuffed with potatoes. I'll definitely be making that sometime soon as it is tomato season here in Barbados. Thanks.

USHA said...

Hi Sharmi,

Lovely entry for the event..i use to garnish with chopped ones..yours looks great..
Between i liked all ur Ugadi feast...Oh my god what a spread...

Richa said...

hi sharmi,
Very nice recipes.

Rava uttapa is my favorite, I make it often. Sometimes for a variation, I add other veg and cheese as well on top to make it like a pizza. Do try it. Will blog about it sometime.
The mini tomato is a cool idea,
looks very appetizing.

Mishmash ! said...

Sharmi, I had an idea of stuffing cherry tomatoes when I first read about jfi, thenlater dropped the idea thinking that it will be too much of work and difficult too;) Now I am happy to see this post :)Good job:)


Seema Bhat said...

oh sharmi,
How adorable do these look. The uttappa looks so colorful and the stuffed baby tomatoes are just adorable.

KA said...

Utappam almost looks like the margherita pizza!
Stuffed tomatoes are cute!
Happy sriram navami to you too.

Swapna said...

Very very mouth-watering..These tomatoes are so cute and little:)..Excellent entries for JFI..

Prema Sundar said...

Hi Sharmi,
Good entry.. I agree with Asha too. Every recipe is unique..
Rava tomato Uttappam is new to me too and they look lovely with the sliced tomatoes.
mini stuffed tomatoes look lovely sharmi... U r really patient to cook these.

Unknown said...

Wonderful dishes Sharmi...and the uttampam looks so colourful...beutiful entrees


sunita said...

Sharmi, your stuffed tomatoes look equally good, and as Asha has said, the beauty of blogging is that every dish is different, however same the ingredients may be...

Sharmi said...

Thanks so much Cynthia and Usha.

Thanks Richa, Waiting for your version.

Hey Shn, Waiting to know what's your entry now!! thanks dear.

Thanks a lot for your lovely comments seema, KA, Swapna, Prema, Sushma and Sunita.

TNL said...

Lovely recipes....those tomatoes are too cute...Rava Uttapam sounds really good, I love rava idlis already so am sure will like them too.
Both recipes are super hits...and will be great for JFI. thanks Sharmi.

Suganya said...

I like ur stuffed tomatoes. Ur Uttappam looks very nice.

Priyanka said...

have never had rava uttapam, so will give it a try- the cherry tomatoes are good as party appetisers- really cool.