Malai Tamatar is a delicious recipe popular in North India. ‘Malai’ in Hindi means cream and ‘Tamatar’ means tomatoes. Tomatoes are simmered in cream and spices to make this delectable recipe.
Malai Tamatar is a recipe passed on to my family through the generations. My mother- in- law learnt it from her Mother- in-law and she has passed it to me, and I have passed it on to my daughter in the hope that it will continue to be passed down and shared with family.
Malai Tamatar is quite a simple and easy recipe which can be prepared in 10 minutes. This is proper home cooking! Something that is relished by everyone and quick to make.
2 teaspoons ghee
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon asafoetida
½ cup cream
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
2 teaspoons coriander powder
2-3 roughly chopped green chillies
1 cup roughly chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons milk
Heat the ghee in a pan and add the cumin seeds and asafetida. Once the cumin seeds begin to splutter, add cream and cook on high heat for 30 seconds to a minute.
Next add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, green chillies, tomatoes and milk and cover and cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until the tomatoes are slightly soft. It is quite nice to keep some texture/bite to the tomatoes so I would highly recommend not overcooking them.
Serve hot with your choice of Indian Breads.