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Friday, October 19, 2012

Homemade Mexican Red Salsa

Salsa is the spanish word for 'sauce' typical of the Mexican cuisine particularly those used as a dip.Mexican salsa traditionally was made using mortar & pestle,but now a days blenders are used.Salsa roja,"red sauce" is a condiment used in Mexican & South Western cuisines usually made with tomatoes,jalapeno peppers,onion & cilantro.There are many other variation to salsa other than the red.But the shelf life life of salsa if unrefrigerated is very less and so salsa should always be refrigerated.Nowadays,Both canned & fresh refrigerated salsa is available in grocery stores.Canned usually contains vinegar to maintain the shelf life.But the fresh home made one tastes best with all our desired flavors of spices.So,try & Enjoy !!!



Ingredients
roma tomatoes/fleshy tomatoes 4-5 large(refer notes)
onion 1/2 medium diced
garlic 1 clove chopped
green chillies /peppers 1-2 seeded & halved
cilantro /coriander leaves 1/4-1/2 cup
pepper powder 3/4 tsp(as per tolerance)
oil 1 1/2 tsp
cumin powder 1/4 tsp(refer notes,optional)
lemon /lime juice 1/2 medium size(optional)
salt 3/4 tsp



Method
-If u're using fresh tomatoes,add 1/2 inch of water to a large skillet over medium -high heat.Core and half tomatoes,set them cut side up in the wok/skillet.
-Simmer the tomatoes until water evaporates and tomatoes start to soften.Peel away any skins that have loosened while steaming.Put off flame & leave to cool.


-Put all the cooked tomatoes,green chillies/jalapeno peppers and cilantro in a blender and blend until smooth.(I haven't added the green peppers in this step and instead added along with onion sauting in the next step as I didn't want it very hot)
-Heat 1 tbsp of oil in the skillet with the onion and garlic,give a quick stir for 10 secs.(Add jalapeno peppers too if you aren't blending in the previous step)
-Add in the tomato mixture and stir.
-Add in salt and pepper powder.
-Simmer on medium low for about 15 mins or until salsa is slightly reduced and thick.
-Add in the lemon juice once you put off flame.
-Serve with tortilla chips,enchiladas,pretzel chips  !!

Servings ~3 cups


NOTES
* You can use the equal amount of canned tomatoes too.If you are using canned start off with blending;no need to cook those tomatoes.
* Adding lemon juice enhances the spice,add if required.
*This is a moderately spicy version,adjust your spices if you want a milder version.
* Adding cumin makes it a Tex-Mex salsa.I haven't added that.
* For spicy salsa,one hot pepper for every 3 tomatoes is required.Increase or decrease the peppers as per tolerance.
* If you wish a smooth salsa,blend the onion and garlic too along with tomatoes mixture.


Have a Happy Weekend,Guys !!


40 comments:

Priya R said... Best Blogger Tips

looks so delicious and indian like :) yum

Jay said... Best Blogger Tips

looks yummmm n perfect...love ur presentation
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revathi said... Best Blogger Tips

Salsa looks yummy .. perfect for dipping and a definite crowd pleaser..
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divya said... Best Blogger Tips

oh wow....yummy yummy...Very Tempting!

Sanoli Ghosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this yummy salsa anytime with some tortilla chips.

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Veena Theagarajan said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so yummy and full of flavour
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DivyaGCP said... Best Blogger Tips

This is very similar to our tomato chutney right..?? When I think of Salsa only tomato chutney comes to my mind.. Tangy and mouthwatering preparation. Very nice..

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Babitha costa said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the salsa

Jehanne said... Best Blogger Tips

guess what, I have the same salsa serving spoon like yous, great minds!

Hari Chandana P said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks fantastic.. thanks for the recipe dear :)
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Sebeena Loyd said... Best Blogger Tips

love this

Vimitha Anand said... Best Blogger Tips

Homemade are always the best. Perfect for chips

Divya Pramil said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow that sounds so yum!! :)
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ANU said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy and spicy salsa....
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Swathi Iyer said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy salsa, I need to get some torilla chips to finish it.

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved this home made version,bookmarked.

Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy salsa..thanks for sharing..

Sherin Deepu said... Best Blogger Tips

luved it dear. Very healthy too

radha said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely homemade salsa. You could bottle it and keep for later too I guess.

Follow Foodie said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy!
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Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy ans super delight to have.

Nivedhanams Sowmya said... Best Blogger Tips

very refreshing!!!
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Kaveri Venkatesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious one

Nandita SS said... Best Blogger Tips

The salsa looks so inviting. Very yum!!

Anisha Ranjit said... Best Blogger Tips

This salsa looks mouthwatering...

Beena.stephy said... Best Blogger Tips

Never tried this will try

Priya Satheesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and love the tangy flavor!

Aruna Manikandan said... Best Blogger Tips

looks delicious and very tempting :)

Akila said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks yummy

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Faseela Noushad said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy salsa...

Asiya Baig said... Best Blogger Tips

Salsa and nachos is always a hit in our home! Your salsa looks perfect!

Love to Experiment said... Best Blogger Tips

I have a feeling that I will stick to this recipe for salsa now.

PT said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy n delicious..

saffronapron.blogspot.com said... Best Blogger Tips

I love salsa. This one looks so delicious.

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

very tempting... I tried your home made pastry.. came out well .. will post soon

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Fantastic and super delicious salsa..

Reshmi Mahesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Adipoli salsa...Looks very delicious...

WeR SAHM said... Best Blogger Tips

perfect dip for breads...

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Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Hmm..that looks simply too good..