Sunday, April 01, 2007

Tomato Pops

Tomato Pop
Tomatoes are botanically fruits and are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Lycopene's bioavailability is more in cooked or processed tomato products, with the main factor being heat.

Almost all of our recipes use tomatoes and I wanted to post one which is exclusively dedicated to tomatoes.

Though popsicles are available all over the world in flavors unique to each region and culture, the pops which we find back home are predominantly in mango, orange, grape, pineapple, milk and vermicelli. I remember all my summer holidays spent back in my maternal grandparents house and pops play a vital part during those sweltering heat waves.

I tried the pops available here and my tastebuds did not take to them very kindly! :-) I like tomatoes a lot, so why not make it into a popsicle? After all it is a fruit!

Here's the recipe...I can tell you that you won't be disappointed...And your kids will love them!

Recipe : (Makes 5)

Tomato Paste -1/2 Cup
Lemonade -1 Cup
Zest of 1/2 a lemon
Black Salt or Salt - A pinch
Sugar - 1/2 Cup
Water - 1/2 Cup
Cloves - 2

Add 1/2 cup of water to the tomato paste and whisk it together. Boil sugar, water and cloves together and make a simple sugar syrup.


Please note that by sugar syrup, I don't mean a single thread consistency. The syrup is the stage before that, when the mixture has slightly thickened. After the sugar and water mixture has come to boil, keep boiling for a couple of minutes to reach the syrup stage.

To the tomato mixture, add as much syrup as you want according to the sweetness desired. Add the lemonade next along with lemon zest and black salt. Stir everything together and pour into popsicle molds and freeze for a couple of hours.

Tomato Pops are ready to be taken to the JFI-Tomato party hosted at RP's My Workshop!

52 comments:

Mahek said...

WOW!!!
THEY LOOK SO CUTE!!!
I AM SURE THEY MUST BE TASTING GOOD TOO

sra said...

Very nice recipe, Chandrika! Not too many sweets with tomatoes that I know! Nice pic too

Asha said...

What a great idea?! Yummy Chandrika.I make Tomato salad just like that and if add all that to popsicals,it's even better.Sucking on Tomato salad ii fabulous.Thank you:))

Sandeepa said...

Thats a very very novel entry Chandrika. Never had or seen Tomato pops. If V8 sees this you got a deal :)

Sneha said...

Wow! Cool recipe!!! Looks delicious, will try this soon! Thanks for sharing.

Balaji S Rajan said...

WOW! They look so good and great. I am tempted to taste them. Probably shall ask my wife to prepare if she could on reading your recipe.

Priya said...

Another unique recipe from you Chandrika. That looks yum...when I first saw the pic..I was not sure why you would have tomato in a pop...but the ingredient list shooed away the apprehension ..wish I could grab one :)

Mishmash ! said...

Chandrika, initially I thought its chocobars....they look soo coool...I loved this idea...Beautiful entry :)

Hugs to u :)
Shn

Prema Sundar said...

A very innvative recipe Chandrika and a lovely picture too.Iam sure kids will not be diappointed.

roopa said...

Wow they look so nice and delicious

Aahaar Vihaar said...

Now that's one unique recipe. Looks yummy, sure should taste yummy.

Suma Gandlur said...

That's so innovative and beautiful picture.
I would like to know the roles of lemon and salt in it. Can they be omitted from the recipe?

Vini K said...

OOH Chandrika,your tomato pops look delicious.am going to bookmark it right away!

Mallugirl said...

i agree, i keep buying the popsicles here and they taste like chemicals. tomato is new o me but the kali namak looks so inviting , i have to try this.By the way, I made ur Bittergourd curry once and i had liked it. it goes well with rotis.

swapna said...

Hi Chandrika
This is really fantastic..u are coming up with great recipes..wonderful picture!!

Nidhi said...

That looks Cute and a great entry for JFI-Tomato. Good job Chandrika!

Seema said...

Chardrika,
Those pops look sooo adorable. You are so creative to come up with something like this. Loved the picture.

indosungod said...

Chandrika, Tomato Pops looks tasty am going to make my kids really happy making this.

Paddukoti said...

superb idea chandrika!!!!
they look amazing!!!

Vidhya Rajesh said...

You really have a great knack of posting different recipes ... I really admire it :) .... Tomato is one of my least favorites , but this tempts me to try ....

Linda said...

What a fabulous idea! Great for kids of all ages, Chandrika :)

Menu Today said...

Hi Chandrika,
Wow !!!! Really very good entry for JFI. Can I take one Please:-)
Thanks for sharing.

Latha said...

Yummy looking popsicles Chandrika! How creative :-)
Cheers
Latha

Chandrika said...

Mahek, thanks! :-)

Thanks Sra! Even I am not aware of a lot of sweet recipes with tomato. This pops idea just emerged out of the blue.

Chandrika said...

Asha, salad on a stick! Now, that's taking it to another level! Good idea! :-)

Thanks Sandeepa! Deal from V8...Hmmm...You have me set me thinking!! :-))

Chandrika said...

Thanks Sneha! Let me know if you do try!

Balaji, thanks a lot! Do let me know how it turned out!

Chandrika said...

Hey thanks Priya! My hubby was so puzzled when I told him that I was going to make pops with tomatoes. He is a not a great fan of tomatoes, but he liked the pops!
:-) Send me your address and I will send across the pops!!

Chandrika said...

Shn, I am glad you liked the idea! Hope you would like the pops when you make them!

Thanks a lot Prema!

Chandrika said...

Thank you Roopa!

Chandrika said...

AV, welcome to my blog! I am glad you liked the recipe!

Suma, thanks a lot! A pinch of salt enhances the sweetness and the lemonade gives a different dimension to the flavor. As you know it's a little difficult to have just tomatoes. Lemon zest gives a good aroma. You can omit all these ingredients, but it might become a little bland.

Chandrika said...

Thanks, Vini!

Mallugirl, am glad you liked this recipe and the bittergourd curry!

Chandrika said...

Thanks Swapna! That was a very kind comment!

Chandrika said...

Thank you so much Nidhi!! :-)

Chandrika said...

Thank you so much Seema! I am really glad that all of you like this recipe. I was a little apprehensive when I posted it.

Chandrika said...

Indosungod, now that's making me really happy! :-)

Paddukoti, Welcome to my blog and thanks a lot!

Chandrika said...

Vidhya, thank you so much! That was a very generous comment!

Chandrika said...

Linda, yes it sure is for all kids, big or small! :-)

MT, sure..Have as many as you want!! It's all yours! :-)

Chandrika said...

Thanks, Latha! Glad you liked them!:-)

bee said...

what a gorgeous creation, and an unusual blend of flavours.

Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

Hoo...Lovely just simply superb color...How do you come up with such nice photograpy and unique recipes.Nice one again...

Mandira said...

that's one delicious and super healthy ice-cream which is also completely guilt free... great idea chandrika!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

hi,
First time to ur bolg...... They look soo nice and cute.........

Sushma said...

Thats a Wonderful recipe...they look so cute..

-Sushma

Sharmi said...

hi, thanks for dropping by Chandrika! your name sounds as pretty as your blog. I loved the creativity of tomato pops.

cheers
sharmi

Reena said...

chandrika, thatt is very creative. healthy and yummy.

Kajal said...

Hi Chandrika,
After a long time I see your blog.
I miss so many thinks...........
Tomato Pops is really very easy to make. It looks mouth watering with nice picture.
Thnaks for sharing.
Cheers!!!!!!!!!

Inji Pennu said...

Wow chandrika. You make excellent JFI stuff! Your potato was exquisite. Now this.

BTW, please do update your blog regularly.

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Happy Blogging :)

Kribha said...

First time here Chandrika. You have got a nice blog name. When I tried to name my blog the same,I got a message that it was already taken.So,now I know who it is. Very nice to meet you.
Tomato pops looks so yummy. It's a new recipe for me. will try it soon.

Vanishree's Corner said...

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http://vanishreerajamarthandan.blogspot.com/".
Thanks and Happy Blogging :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Chandrika, I want to know how u made the Tomato paste? its homemade or store bought?

Anonymous said...

WOW...WOW....Excellent !!!!!!