No tomatoes? Use these five easy alternatives
First Published 13, Sep 2020, 4:12 PM
Here are some equally delicious alternatives to substitute this fruit in these trying times.
MSG: Monosodium glutamate (MSG), otherwise commonly known as Ajinomoto – a common staple in Indo-Chinese cuisine – can also be used as a substitute for tomatoes.
MSG has a common flavour palate to that of the tomato. This is because of the natural presence of umami - that is found in both. Thus, the presence of MSG wonderfully mimics tomato's umami-like flavour when used in isolation.
Roasted red capsicums: Roasted red peppers make for a nice substitute not only because it does look similar to tomatoes, visually speaking, but its flavours also can work wonders depending on how you use it in your dish. They have a hint of sourness which makes all the difference. Example: Replace the tomatoes in your salads with red bell peppers.
Vinegar: The sharp kick that comes from vinegar and its natural ability to lift a dish can be an easy replacement from the tartness that comes from tomatoes. Add a splash or two or four of vinegar to your dish, and there’s a good chance that your palate will not miss the absence of tomatoes.
Kokum: A staple in Konkani cuisine, the kokum’s signature flavour is its sweet-sourness. Because of this natural flavour present in this ingredient, it can easily be used in the absence of tomatoes for curry-based dishes. Because of its strong flavour profile, use it sparingly; else the dish will be ruined.
Lime and Lemons: The acidity that is abundantly available in this citrus-based fruits naturally copies the acidity that comes from tomatoes. Make sure you adjust to taste, else the dish will be completely overpowered.