Category Archives: Chutneys, Dressings and Sauces

Fresh & Mild Tomato Salsa

This salsa comes from an old recipe called “Tom’s Tacos.” You can make this any time when you want a fresh, slightly spicy, slightly sweet tomato salsa.

Cooking Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Difficulty Level: Easy
Recipe Type: Vegetarian


 1    Can Stewed Tomatoes
 1    Tsp Sugar
 3/4 Tsp Oregano
 1/4 Tsp Salt
 1/8 Tsp pepper
 1/4 Tsp Hot Sauce
 1/4 Cup Green Pepper
 1/4 Cup Chopped Onion

How to Prepare:

  1. Put all ingredients into a Cuisinart.
  2. Mix until blended.
  3. Refrigerate for coolness or eat right away!

Basil Dressing

This recipe came to me from an old collection of recipes.  I thought it would be interesting to share with my friends.  I love basil and always like to cook with it.


1/4 Cup Tarragon-flavored Wine Vinegar
1/4 Cup Vegetable Juice
2    TBsp Vegetable Oil
1    Clove Garlic, minced
1    TBsp Chopped Fresh Basil or 1 Tsp Dried Basil
1/2 Tsp Paprika
1/4 Tsp Salt-free Herb & Spice Blend
1/8 Tsp Freshly Ground Pepper

How to Prepare: 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar. 
  2. Cover jar tightly and shake vigorously.
  3. Chill.  
  4. Shake well before serving dressing over salad greens.

It makes a little more than 1/2 cup.

Enjoy with your favorite salad greens.

Tomato Jam

Recently, my friend, Sapna Lulla, gave me a jar of tomato jam.  I enjoyed it very much with bread, thepla and with meals as well. What a nice way to treat a friend!  I thought I should share her recipe with everyone. Tomatoes are abundant and cheap right now so this is one of the best ways to use them.

Cooking Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes
Makes: 4-5 Jars


4 & 1/2 lbs. Tomatoes
3    lbs. Sugar
2    Tsp Salt
2    Tsp Red chili
2    Tsp Onion Sees
Few Cashews & Raisins
3    TBsp White Vinegar

How to Prepare:

  1. Grind tomatoes.  
  2. Bring them to a boil in a heavy sauce pan on high heat.
  3. Add sugar. 
  4. Stir for 10 minutes.
  5. Add salt and chili powder.
  6. It will start thickening up after almost an hour.
  7. Add onion seeds, cashews and raisins. 
  8. After 5 minutes, turn the heat off.
  9. The next day, add white vinegar.                                      


  • Onion seeds are available in Indian store.
  • Tomato jam will stay fresh for few weeks.