Microwaved Tomato Salsa, Desi Style

23 Feb

Microwaved Tomato Salsa Recipe

The microwave in my kitchen is usually relegated to the role of reheater – rarely is it called upon to participate in the *making* of a dish. This microwaved tomato salsa recipe dodges the norm!

I often make salsa with raw ingredients – finely chopped tomatoes, onions, chilies salted and stirred together. Raw tomato salsa works beautifully with nachos and the like, but if I want a dip for stuffed parathas or an accompaniment for plain rice, raw tomato salsa doesn’t quite cut it.

Microwaving the tomatoes gives the salsa a slightly cooked taste, without making it pickle-like as sauteing does. Condiments like coriander and mustard oil lend the salsa a distinctly Indian flavor.

Microwaved Tomato Salsa

You Need:

  • Tomatoes – 2
  • Onion – 1/2 (or 1 tablespoon, chopped)
  • Green chili – 1
  • Coriander leaves – small bunch
  • Garlic – 1 clove (optional)
  • Mustard oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – to taste

How To:

Chop the tomatoes into cubes.

Chop onions, green chili, coriander leaves, garlic (if using) into small pieces.

Chopped Tomatoes, Onions, Coriander, Green Chilies

Microwave the chopped tomatoes for 3 minutes. Microwave with the lid on, this will help in containing the spluttering and keeping the microwave clean.

Tomatoes to be Microwaved

Once microwaved, let the tomatoes cool down for 5 mintues.

Mash the tomatoes with a help of a wide spoon.

Microwaved Tomatoes

To the mashed tomatoes, add a teaspoon of mustard oil, chopped coriander leaves, chopped garlic and onion along with salt to taste.

Salsa Preparation

Mix it all together.

Microwaved Tomato Salsa Recipe

Microwaved tomato salsa, desi style, is ready to be served. Eat along with stuffed parathas, use as a spread on bread, mix it with plain rice.

Tomato Salsa on Rice


Looking for other tomato chutney recipes? Try roasted tomato chili chutney, tomato ginger chutney with peanuts, or cherry tomato coriander chutney.

2 Responses to “Microwaved Tomato Salsa, Desi Style”

  1. malathi February 23, 2016 at 3:58 PM #

    How else can one cook this without using a microwave?

    • S February 23, 2016 at 6:33 PM #

      Hi Malathi. You could try blanching the tomatoes instead of microwaving. Bring a pan of salted water to a boil – the volume of water should be sufficient to cover the tomatoes. Place the tomatoes whole in it. Boil till you see the skin splitting (this takes a couple of minutes). Using a slotted spoon, get the tomatoes out of the water and place them in cold water. Then deskin if you like, and mash the tomatoes. Follow the rest as in the recipe.

      Let me know how it goes. Enjoy the desi salsa!

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