BM #95 Week 1 Day 2 - 

This week we are talking about quick meal time dishes and I wanted to highlight this ever popular and no nonsense sabji which is a God-send. I am not sure how the name jhanak came by, but my mom used to make this during my growing up years and that is how I remember. I am not sure if my mom used onion. But I add it.

This is our go-to accompaniment for rotis. It works well for me as it is my husband's all time favorite. When I run out of ideas or veggies or time, I make this sabji. The best part is that it gets done in under 15 minutes. I keep a can of chopped tomatoes in my pantry for emergencies. It comes in handy when I need to make a quick sabji and my refrigerator is empty :).

Ingredients - 

Tomatoes, chopped 2 cups
Onions, chopped 1/2-3/4 cups (as preferred)
Salt, Red Chili Powder, Green Chilies, Turmeric as needed
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1/2 tsp, Jeera 1/2 tsp, Curry leaves few)
Coriander leaves for garnish

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning ingredients. After the mustard seeds pop and the dals are brown, add in the onions and saute until they are golden brown.

Sprinkle turmeric, chopped green chilies and mix well. Add in the chopped tomatoes. Mix well and cover for a couple of minutes.

After the tomatoes become mushy, add salt and red chili powder to taste, mix well and remove from heat.

Serve it hot with roti or rice.


Preparation Time 15 minutes
Serves 3
Posted by Harini R on Tuesday, December 4, 2018


  1. I didn't know that it is called jhanak, but I used to make it often as it was hubby's fav side dish for chapati. And the best thing is that it gets ready really fast.

  2. Priya Suresh Says:
  3. This sabji is our family favourite, lovely name. Jhanak looks prefect to have with rotis without any fuss.

  4. veena Says:
  5. As gayathri said, we have been making this without knowing the name. Looks very good Harini

  6. sushma Says:
  7. Jhanak looks so good. Yummy

  8. Swati Says:
  9. My mom made this often with some malai in it, made it in typical north Indian style.didn't know it is called Janak.. Super easy and yumm!! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Suma Gandlur Says:
  11. We call this tomato gojju. It is a lovely dish and goes well with rotis.

  12. It is such a quick subzi and I make it very often in the mornings. I love the simple flavors and it is just so delicious.

  13. what an easy stand by recipe that can quickly be done in a jiffy

  14. Srivalli Says:
  15. What a catchy name Harini and the dish as you say is super quick!..very nice display of dishes.

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