Prep. , Cook Yield 1 Cup Tomato Onion Tadka Approximately 240 ML) Maahi Gupta
Tadka meaning: Indian Tadka is a gravy or a paste made with Tomato, Onion, Garlic and Ginger. It is used in almost all curry based Indian recipes such as Rajma, Chole, Dals as an ingredient.
You can cook it separately and then mix it with any boiled vegetable and you are ready to serve your guests.
As a matter of fact, all the restaurants and dhaba wala's (street side local restaurants) mix the pre-made tadka with the boiled veggies to get the final dish ready in minutes for you.
You can also preserve this for up-to 2-3 days by refrigerating for best results and quicken up your cooking process. This is what many Indian working families do. They just prepare this Tadka on Sunday night and use it with different recipes through out the week.
Almost 95% of Indian Punjabi vegetable recipes can be made with this simple formula:
Final dish = Tadka + Boiled vegetables
Some people also like to use it as a bread spread to replace Jam or butter. Yes, you can also eat it raw (meaning, without mixing with any boiled vegetable).
How to make tadka is a pretty common question if you are starting to learn Indian cooking.
There are special Tadka pan available in the market, but they are not necessary if you are making the one with Tomato and Onions.
You can pretty much use standard pan to make it.
The Tadka pan like this (shown in image below) is primarily used for making the one with Oil and Cumin seeds to be added on top of Dals (Lentil soups) or curries. They do not generally have Tomato and Onion.