With the beginning of a new month, let’s go deeper into specific fruits and veggies that we can use every single day in some form or another.It’s never possible to continuously create new recipes and try new veggies, we need to find something that works and repeat it over time. For the first week of May, let’s pick tomatoes, tomatoes are everywhere, they are ubiquitous, they’ve been here for as long as we can remember, and will stay for as long as we live. Best part, they are alkaline.
Today, I’ll delve into 3 different ways I use tomatoes in my alkaline lifestyle, how tomatoes are playing their part in my alkaline eating.
The 3 basic ways we can use tomatoes in our Indian alkaline diets are
1) Tomato Curry: Simplest and probably the most common way of using tomatoes alone to create a curry, tomato curry is easy to make(no discussions about recipes here today sorry 😉 ), tomato curry in itself can be a dish, it can be eaten with rice and with rotis (disc shaped item made of wheat). It tastes good if the ingredients have been added correctly, best of all it is light. After eating tomato curry, it fills you up, but keeps you feeling neutral, it doesn’t make you feel drowsy. This is an excellent dish to add to your diet.
2) Tomato Juice: A much rarer use of tomatoes is tomato juice.Juices play an important role in the alkaline diet, essentially since we believe in a 70% water rich diet. Please note that water rich foods ≠ water, overall foods that have more water content in them qualify. Tomatoes fit the bill, tomato juice, with any additives of any sort, has excellent benefits, the best of the benefits is serving as a replacement to other beverages. Tea/Coffee/Soft Drinks/Alcohol/Milk Shakes, none of them are alkaline, there are alkaline alternatives which we will discuss in another post, but for now, remember that tomato juice is one of them.
3) Tomato Chutney: The 2nd most common chutney after coconut chutney is tomato chutney. It is similar to a curry but it is used with breakfast items like idly, dosas, wadas. While a chutney is just a side dish and doesn’t classify as a main dish, our objective is to ensure that most of our diet is alkaline, small changes like chutney, beverage etc go a long way in improving the quality of our diets.
There are several ways of using tomatoes in our alkaline diets, start using these 3 and we’ll add more later.
I’d love to hear about your recipes and experiments with the alkaline diet. Post your thoughts below in the comments.