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Friday, January 16, 2009

Stuffed Tomatoes- Juicy Red !



Ever wonder,the similarity in structure of heart and the tomatoes,both have four chambers and comprise of red fluid.In fact studies have shown tomatoes are good for heart health.

The tomatoes are rich in antioxidants called lycopene,which helps in fighting cancers and another antioxidant called beta-carotene which is good for healthy skin.Read details health benefit of this super food here.

Ravishing red ,tangy and juicy tomatoes stuffed with flavorful rice are perfect start of any meal.Couscous and bulgur wheat also work just as good.
Ingredients
6-8 medium size Red Tomatoes(I used the Campari tomatoes)
2 cups cooked rice or Bulgur wheat or couscous
1/2 teaspoon ginger and garlic paste or freshly minced
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin or coriander powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
3-4 tablespoon of Olive oil
3-4 tablespoon of Partly skimmed Mozzarella cheese, grated

Method
Hallow the tomatoes by slicing off the tops with sharp knife,keep aside the tops.Using a knife cut the insides of the pulp and with a small spoon scoop out the pulp and juice ,reserve it all for the stuffing.

To make the stuffing,heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan,add the ginger garlic paste and saute on low heat for a minute then add the spices ,reserved tomato juice and pulp ,cook until reduced to a thick gravy,stir in the cooked rice or couscous or bulgur wheat.Cook for a minute or 2 until flavors infuse.Cool the mixture slightly before stuffing.

Bake Method
Preheat oven to 350F.Spread 2 tablespoon of Oil on baking dish. Place the hollowed tomatoes on the dish and stuff the rice mixture in to the tomatoes until filled up.Sprinkle with grated cheese and place the reserved tomato tops back on .Drizzle little more oil all over and bake about 15-20 minutes until tender ,serve warm.

Stove top Method
Stuff the tomatoes with the rice mixture just as above.Heat a non-stick pan on medium flame and add 2 tablespoon of oil,carefully place the tomatoes along the sides of the pan to prevent from falling.Let cook 10 minutes uncovered then partially cover and let cook for another 5-10 minutes.Serve warm.


Beauty Tip
After the much appreciated Oats beauty secret,I decided to include a beauty tip related with the food.Tomatoes help in maintaining skin health,also acts as a good skin cleanser and rejuvenating the skin.Mix about 2 tablespoon of fresh mashed tomatoes(puree) with a teaspoon of honey,apply all over face and neck.Rinse it off after 15 minutes.


Click - Red!
Food photography is my new found passion,thanks to the inspirational bloggers like Jai and Bee,I started to be more acquisitive about clicking for eye-catching images.
I usually take the pictures during the day in the natural light,sometimes use a white curtains around to adjust the brightness.I also keep in mind the freshness factor in my images,especially for the veggies which look best when fresh.

This shot of stuffed tomatoes is my entry for this month's Click-Red ,a monthly photography event hosted by Jai and Bee of Jugalbandi.For this particular image I used no tool to adjust the brightness,its natural light, was nice and bright by the window with snow on the ground.I used a thin red curtain on the side for the light tint of redness(also for the first picture in the post).Here is the same picture without the red curtain around.


I still have a lot to learn about techniques of clicking the perfect food images,but I think I'm making some progress here,what say folks?

49 comments:

Asha said...

Tomato up there reminds me of Summer. Beautiful pic, and stuffed tomatoes are yummy!:))

Happy cook said...

I have never made stuffed tomato. These look so juicy , moist and yummy;

Varsha Vipins said...

You are the master of innovation..What all lovely recipes..n trust me the pic looks fab,.sigh..my screwed up cam..:(

Curry Leaf said...

Perfect click Yasmeen,surely u are perfectng yourself.I too love stuffed tomato,I sometime go for cheese and breadcrumbs.Yet to post that recipe thgh.This looks perfect.

AnuSriram said...

I have tried stuffed tomatoes for side dish. Never tried them with rice. Looks gorgeous! Nice click!

Simmi said...

Love the red deliciously stuffed tomatoes,perfect appetizer.

Ann said...

Real Red and looks like life is hopeful..sometimes food reminds us that..and yes,stuffed tomatoes are wonderful!!

nick said...

Awesome shots,you certainly have learned good photography skills.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Yes I know this is for click red event the moment I read the heading :) Lovely clicks,I too have same idea but I am going to click raw tomatoes alone!

Sunshinemom said...

I say your blog rocks!! Healthwise, clickwise and now beautywise:) Stuffed tomato looks tasty though I prefer it stuffed with potatoes:)

I do the tomato thing - what I do is this! After chopping tomatoes or grinding them I scrape the board or the jar and apply it on my face till the cooking is done. I don't know whether it works or the effect but it seems a good way to use up the wasted juice!

Cham said...

Stuffed tomatoes are great side dish :) Bulgur stuffing is simply unbeatable

Dershana said...

I make this with a lil bit of paner and couscous stuffed into bell peppers. never tried with tomatoes, looks yummy!

sowmya said...

wow..superb recipe...have never tried stuffing tomatoes..am going to do it soon and use the bake version..bookmarking this recipe..

Sharmila said...

The stuffed tomatoes look great Yasmeen. Beautiful snaps. :-)

Priya said...

Excellent idea of stuffing those cherry tomatoes..awesome click Yasmeen...

Shama Nagarajan said...

new recipe to me.......it looks lovely

notyet100 said...

click is gret ,..nd the tomatoes look so yum,..;-)

vidhas said...

Awesome recipe Yasmeen. You always rock girl , healthy revcipes. very informative and awesome clicks. I am drooling over.

Jaishree said...

Superb recipe...have never made stuffed tomato.. Looks gr8 with amazing Pic yasmeen:)

Arundhuti said...

I have something for you in my blog....Click here.

Gita's Kitchen said...

This is such a healthy dish Yasmeen... bulgur wheat with tomatoes, it does'nt get better than that...the pictures look great as usual :)

Sara said...

These are really gorgeous. Stuffed tomatoes are especially great this time of year because cooking out of season winter tomatoes is generally more flavorful than eating them raw!

poonam said...

I have never tried this dish though. Looks yummy, lots more to learn!!!

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

That's so mouth watering!Though I don't like tomatoes much,feel like devouring one of these :P

You are doing an awesome job with your food photography dear,keep it up!

Have a blessed weekend :)

Bharti said...

Looks abs. delicious.

Keerthana said...

nice click yasmeen, i never tried stuffed tomtoes with rice so far...looks great!

aquadaze said...

looks delish yasmeen! and amazing snap :)

Uma said...

wow, stuffed tomatoes look so great! mouth-watering! Nice clicks and very informative post.

Vibaas said...

Yasmeen, very informative post. didn't know the benefits of tomato.

Nice click. I wanted to take some tomato pics for this event too, but they didn't come out in pretty shade of red. they looked dull. Yours looks nice :)

Mediterranean kiwi said...

this is a popular meal in greece in the summer

Priti said...

Looks nice..your click it's very nice dear..and so the beauty tips..you are rocking

Navita said...

lovely tomatoes...n i know how much effort the cherry tomatoes must hve taken...yum.

Ivy said...

I think these tomatoes are called campari tomatoes. Just learned about these yesterday. I made stuffed tomatoes yesterday and I would love to make this filling with ginger. It sounds delicious.

Yasmeen said...

Thank you'll for the complements:)
Ivy,that's right those are campari tomatoes,I'll update that.

Adlak's tiny world said...

Wow its unique one and never seen any where... always u r rocking gal with healthy tip and stuff now latest addition of beauty tips...

Hm... weldone yasmeen.

NAVAL LANGA said...

Ms. Yasmeen

I like the manner in which you have photographs the tomatos and put it here. Nice.

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Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looking yummmy.......

Jude said...

Stuffed tomatoes are always a hit around here. Nice presentation!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I don't even like tomatoes and this really appeals to me!

meeso said...

My mouth watered seeing the pictures! This is so tempting and delicious, I would love to have had this for dinner!

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

These look so yummy. I love stuffed vegetables. The tomatoes look really good. They're healthy and delicious.

Soma said...

I saw ur picture in the gallery & I was wanting to eat stuffed tomatoes.. Its been a while I have made some. Love those wrinkled roasted skin:-) Very tempting pics.

Viki Xavier. said...

Never stuffed a tomato but love to do so after seeing ur click red:)
Yummy...

Anonymous said...

Yasmeen, you post only healthy food recipes..? Wondering how could you manage this.. :)

Seena said...

Oh sorry, not anonymous, it was me.. :)

Kevin said...

Those stuffed tomatoes look good!

sam said...

Stuffed and pretty,love the ravishing red color.

Jim said...

Like the first picture the most,the stuffed tomatoes are very tasty appetizers.

ayesha said...

Stuffing with rice sounds tasty,I usually stuff with potatoes.beautiful pictures.

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