Monday, 29 June 2015

Pico de Gallo / Salsa Fresca !



Pico de Gallo aka Salsa Fresca  is a fresh uncooked salad in Mexican Cuisine and it is mostly misconstrued for a tomato salsa. Pico is also a type of salsa but unlike the tomato salsa it is little firmer and neither mushy nor liquid.  Though the components that goes in are the same, salsa is mostly used as a dip for nachos while pico goes in everything like tacos, served with nachos, in your burritos or just as a side. 
It is so simple and the key ingredients are tomatoes and lime with other stuff like onion, cilantro and chilli peppers or Jalapeno.
Oh did I mention this is gonna be a mexican week in the blog.. :) So i have already stocked up my pantry with tomatoes, beans, cheese, cilantro, lime, avocados etc :)



INGREDIENTS

  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1/2 small onion (red or white)
  • 1 small green / red chilli pepper (not too hot variety) / Jalapeno (pickled or fresh)
  • 1/2 a lime
  • salt
  • fresh crushed black pepper
  • 1 tbsp cilantro (finely chopped)
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 1 garlic clove (optional)

STEPS
  • Halve the tomatoes and scoop the flesh and seeds out.
  • Chop them finely into tiny cubes.
  • Finely chop the onion, chilli, cilantro and garlic too.


  •  Take all the chopped ingredients in a bowl and give a nice mix.


  •  Add salt, pepper and some sugar and stir well. 
  • Lastly squeeze the lime juice and give a mix again


NOTES
  • Serve with Nachos or use it in filling your Burrito.
  • Adjust Lime juice as per taste
  • Sugar balances the acidity of tomatoes so better dont skip it.
  • I had only normal red chillis, so I removed the seeds and veins and used in this. It would be great to use some chilli peppers or jalapenos in place of this.
  • Pickled jalapenos that comes in bottles also works fine.





With Love,

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