Choka refers to a method of roasting a vegetable before Sautéing it with other seasonings and spices. The texture of tomatoes make them well-suited to making choka, and tomato choka is among the most popular type made. Roasting allows for a more intense flavour, while the cooking afterwards lessens the acidity.
Foodie Nation offers some further tips.
Yield – Serves 3 persons
Cook time – 15 minutes Prep time – 15 minutes
Tomato – 1lb
Onion – 2 tbsp
Pimento Pepper – 4 peppers
Garlic – 3 cloves (Crushed)
Mustard Oil – 2 tbsp (substitute vegetable oil)
Chadon Beni – 2 tbsp (finely chopped)
Salt to taste
Black Pepper – 1 tsp
Brown Sugar – 1 tbsp
Curry Powder – 1 tsp
Mustard – 1 tsp
Hot Pepper – 1
Over an open flame, roast whole tomatoes, onion and pimentos until outsides are charred. Cut into half inch pieces and set aside.
Place sauté pan on stove and allow to heat up When sauté pan is hot, add mustard oil, garlic and curry powder.
Stir for 5 minutes then add tomatoes, onion and pimentos.
Add black pepper, mustard, sugar, chadon beni and salt to taste and stir for 5 minutes.
Allow to cook for 15 minutes.
Take off heat.