Side Dishes for Rotis/Dosas/ Naan.

Simple Onion Tomato Subzi


“Cooking is like love – It should be entered into with abandon, or not at all”

Some of the best and my most favorite dishes, are the ones that are made at home with love,  over unhurried conversations. I remember the days when I was a little girl and would sit on the counter top while my mom would be busy cooking the evening dinner. I would fill her up on the days events, gossips, stories of friendship, exams and little fights at school, all the time I would be aware of all the ingredients that go in to a dish and its special secret steps which would have otherwise gone unnoticed! This is a favourite dish made by my aunt and all of us would gorge on it. Whenever there was a long drive or a train travel, we would actually look forward to this simple subzi and pooris, more than anything else. Its profound flavors are built on simple everyday ingredients and it tastes simply amazing. This is my entry for this month`s Shh Secretly Cooking Challenge , my secret ingredients being Onion and Sugar!!!


1 1/2 Onions chopped fine.

4 Tomatoes Chopped Fine.

2 Tsp Sugar.

1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder.

1 – 11/2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder.

Salt as needed.

1/4 Tsp Garam Masala.


  • This has got to be the most simplest of all the subzis that you make for pooris, parathas and roti. This is also a great option when you want to take it as a side dish for long drives or train travels.
  • Add 2 Tbsp of oil to a kadai and allow to get hot enough . Check by adding one or two cumin seeds, if it sizzles,the oil is just right.
  • Add the onion and allow to saute for a few minutes.
  • Now add the tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt to taste and allow to the tomatoes to cook and get mushy.
  • Add the sugar and let it melt and mix in.
  • When you see the mixture has come together, switch off the stove and garnish with chopped cilantro.
  • Saute for a little more time so it preserves longer for travel times.
  • Great side for Dosa, Poori and Chappathis.




4 thoughts on “Simple Onion Tomato Subzi

  1. Quick and easy side dish! I wonder how our mothers used to spend most of their time in their kitchen! Contrary to your kitchen experience I use talking to escape from odd jobs and assisting with cooking. When I narrate stories, my mother invariably sends me away as it distracts her and would take longer time to finish her work.

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