This is one of my absolute faves (it's not quite galiat bandura Arab friends hence the name). The longest part is chopping the tomatoes and if we're really honest you don't have to cook them to pile them on to whole grain toast and have a super yummy breakfast/lunch/starter/snack.
TOMATOES are mostly known for their antioxidant properties; they are an excellent source of vitamin C promoting a healthy immune system, biotin (key roles in fat and sugar metabolism), molybdenum and vitamin K (the blood clotting, bone health vitamin). Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is believed to greatly reduce the risk of cancers.
The scientific evidence for GARLIC is ever-growing ranging from immune boosting to cardiovascular to cancer preventing. I can't wait to see where it ends up but for now just keep eating it in it's rawest form possible! Big sigh, oh no!
I like a strong garlic taste so I add my garlic after the tomatoes. For a milder taste add the garlic before the tomatoes or do half before and half just after. Mix it up! The longer the garlic cooks the milder the it will taste.
You don't need to cook the tomatoes, your more just getting to the desired consistency. The quicker the better as you'll get all the nutrients.
QUICK FRESH TOMATO SAUCE
This recipe takes 5 minutes to cook and the rest is up to how fast you can chop the tomato and crush that garlic. Ready, set....
SERVES 2+ SHARING OR 1 SERVE PASTA SAUCE
PREP TIME 5 MINS | COOK TIME 5 MINS | TOTAL 10 MINS
1 Tbsp olive oil
200g fresh tomatoes
1/2-1 shallot (or red onion)
1-3 cloves crushed garlic (completely depends on your love for garlic)
pinch all spice (optional)
salt & pepper to taste
* 1/2 tsp dried basil/chili flakes or fresh herbs - whatever you want
Slice shallot in to thin half moons.
Heat olive oil and add shallots, fry until translucent.
Add the tomatoes, crushed garlic, all spice, salt and pepper.
Stir until tomatoes are desired consistency (about 3 minutes) - cooking uncovered until liquid is burnt off.
Taste and adjust seasonings.
Sprinkle with fresh herbs: Parsley, basil, coriander, mint whatever you have. Serve with Arabic bread for breakfast/brunch or as a pasta sauce with some olives and capers. Mix in with rice... the options are endless!