Tomato and Onion Salad bhaji Recipe is an authentic Goan recipe for a traditional breakfast found across all local homes and restaurants. Served with pao and a side of chao (chai/tea).
Are you the kinda person that feels that good food blurs the lines of so-called appropriate times to eat it? Like who’s to say you can’t relish a pancake or poached eggs for dinner and a plate of biryani for breakfast – Nope, I didn’t make that up, I have actually eaten like that! Clearly I’m no purist – but where’s the fun in that anyways. I always feel part of my love for eating savoury breakfasts comes from Goa where its pretty common to eat curries with Pao ( Goan bread) to kick start your day. We even pour curry over spicy omelette and take it to the next level, yep, we do!
Tomato and Onion Salad Bhaji is a very home-style Goan breakfast, made even more popular in little home-grown local cafes in Goa where the locals start their day eating well. The ingredients are so simple, and almost always available in the pantry making it one of the easiest dishes to put together quickly. As a kid, I wasn’t the biggest fan of this dish – almost making a joke that Mum must be feeling lazy to make this. It was much later in life that I truly started appreciating how amazing something as simple as this can be. You might think of this dish as a warm salad ( which in Goa would be pronounced as Salaahd), but trust me, have it with bread and you’ll know just what I mean.
And if you ever find yourself in Goa, and want to start your day like the locals do, start it at Cafe Tatos (whose Cold Coffee I have already raved about here) or Cafe Bhonsle, both in the capital city of Panjim. Its there you’ll realise, there’s a variety of curries (both dry and with gravy) that you can eat for breakfast – there’s so much more to eat than eggs!
Note: In Goa, one would use regular tomatoes for this dish. But I’m a recent convert to farm-fresh local organic cherry tomatoes, and their sweetness does take this dish to a whole new level. So if you can, do try it this way. If not, the usual tomatoes work just as fine.
Goan Tomato and Onion Salad Bhaji
- 2 Onions - medium (finely sliced)
- 2 Tomatoes (finely chopped)
- 2 chillis (sliced) Green
- 5 - 6 curry leaves
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 100 ml water (warm)
- 1.5 tspns sugar
- to taste salt
In a pan, heat oil. Add the the curry leaves, sliced green chilli (de-seed as needed) and cumin seeds and let them splutter.
Now add the onions and fry until slightly soft. Include the tomatoes and fry a little. Add the turmeric powder, salt and sugar.
Then add the warm water and let the tomatoes and onions cook together. Ensure they still have a bit of crunch to them, just long enough for the tomatoes to get pulpy.
Serve with Pao (Goan bread) or even as a side dish.