The best thing about the community we live in is the company Little M has here. Lots of kids around her age and no dearth of things to do in and around the place. A small community like ours also brings with it it's share of problems though. There is this one kid who is a year older than M and tends to bully her every chance she gets. I've spoken with the kid, talked to her mom, have tried to make M avoid her as much as possible, told her ways of dealing with her - everything I can think of. It is fine for a few days and the nasty persona is back. M is far more mature in handling the situation than I am, I think. It really does bother me a lot. Any suggestions on how to handle this? Any such experiences?
5-6 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green chili, chopped
1 tsp saaru powder (or any rasam powder) or to taste
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup water
salt to taste
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp asafoetida
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 spring curry leaves
Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan. Do the tadka.
Add green chili, chopped onion and sauté for 2 minutes.
Add chopped tomatoes and fry for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water, saaru powder, sugar and salt. Cover and cook until soft & mushy, about 15-20 minutes.
Check and adjust seasonings.
Serve with rice or chappatis. Makes a nice spread for breads too.
Note: If the tomatoes are not of the sour variety, you can add a bit of tamarind for tartness.
The saaru powder can be substituted with sambar powder too.