La Tomatina festival: 4 easy tomato recipes to add zest and flavour to your celebrations

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It needs no retelling that Indians need a reason to celebrate. There are a plethora of festivals all around the year and each has something to make it more special. Apart from the Indian favourites, the list is growing with some international ones too — La Tomatina has been a recent addition.

Started in 1945, the festival takes place in Spain every year. In this, tons of tomatoes are brought to Bunol. What follows is people throwing them at each other and dancing for over an hour. The festival that gained a lot of fame after it was depicted in the film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is celebrated on the last Wednesday of August . Many In India, since then, have followed suit.

However, in a country like India, such a festival that basically entails wasting a staggering amount tomatoes is criminal, to say the least. There are far too many things that one can do with tomatoes, and if you are out of ideas, here are some easy recipes you can whip up in no time.

Pizza Sauce by Chef Ashish Gupta, Fresc Co

Ingredients

1000g- Tomato
100g-Garlic
50g-Basil leaves
30g-Salt
25g-Black pepper
20g-Dry Organo
50g-Sugar

Method

* Chop the tomatoes and garlic.

* In a large saucepan add the chopped garlic and then sauté it over medium flame. Add the chopped tomatoes after that. Add the remaining ingredients to it, keep on stirring it and bring it to a boil.

* Reduce the heat now and cover it. Let it simmer for an hour. Keep on stirring.

* Pasta sauce is ready.

Tomato Sauce by Chef Ashish Gupta, Fresc Co

Ingredients

1000g-Tomato
50g-Garlic
300g-Onion
100g-Coriander leaves
100g-Green chilli
150ml-Tomato ketchup
30g-Salt
25g-Black pepper
50ml-Lemon juice

Method

*Add the chopped garlic in a large saucepan and saute it over medium heat. Add the chopped tomatoes after this.

* Add the remaining ingredients and mix it well. Stir it constantly and bring it to a boil.

* Cover it and reduce the heat. Let it simmer for an hour.

Tomato ketchup is ready.

If you are in the mood to make something a bit more elaborate, you can also make tomato bhaji. This recipe does not require much time.

In case you want something light, tomato soup is one dish you can go for.

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