Tomato Saaru .............
Wash and wipe 4 large sized tomatoes. Chop them to small pieces and keep aside. Chop one cup of coriander leaves. Soak a small marble sized tamarind in water for 10 minutes. Squeeze out the mixture, strain and keep aside.
Put the tomatoes and the tamarind water in a vessel with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Mash the tomatoes with a masher for the juices to come out and blend well.
Heat 2-3 tblsp of oil in a medium sized kadai, when hot lower heat and add in 1 tsp of rai (sasam / mustard), when they splutter, add 1 tsp of hing powder and 2 tblsp of sambar powder and fry well for a minute, add 8-10 curry leaves and fry further for a minute.
Remove and pour over the tomato mixture. Bring it all to a good boil.
Add in salt to taste and 1 cup of chopped coriander leave. Let it simmer for a good 10-15 minutes.
Remove and serve hot with rice or as an appetizer.