This delicious tomato and onion dish can be made at any time of year for a feel good comforting snack or lunch time treat.
I was nostalgic recently to have this tomato and onion dish my Mom and my Aunty Jaya used to make when I was much younger and growing up in India.
When we were living in India in the late 70s bread wasn’t widely available, and when we could buy it, it was more of a luxury than a norm. This meant that when we ate bread it was a treat.
One of the ways we had bread was with tomatoes and onion sautéd in butter. We would have this saucy tomato dish with buttered bread which as a kid who rarely had bread tasted like heaven to us back then.
About the recipe
My Mom and Aunty Jaya (Mom’s sister) would make this delicious saucy tomato and onions sautéed in butter, salt and pepper to have with our “toast”.
Since we didn’t own a toaster, toast in this case was white bread that was buttered and warmed on a pan to create that lightly golden toasted effect. This combo tasted amazing!
I remember whenever my sisters and I visited our Aunty Jaya and Chary Uncle in Mumbai we would always be welcomed with this delicious bread and tomato onion treat, because Jaya Aunty knew how much we loved it!
My nostalgia for this dish inspired me to make it for one of my twins recently
My nostalgia for my favorite dish as a kid inspired me to make it for one of my twins recently and I am happy to say that even today this simple food tastes as good as I remembered and was devoured by my kids 👍😊.
Winter or summer any juicy tomatoes will do great
In the winter I find tomatoes to be more on the sour side and these sour juicy tomatoes taste great in this dish. But honestly any tomato will taste wonderful especially sun kissed sweet summer garden tomatoes.
Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, this is one tomato bread combo that will taste great no matter when you serve it. Here is the recipe.
Butter Sautéed Tomato and Onions on Toast:
- 4 slices of white bread any type
- 2-3 medium tomatoes cut into thin slices
- 1/2 medium onion – about 1 cup cut into thin slices
- Butter for pan frying
- Salt and pepper to taste
Cook’s Notes: To really enjoy the wonderful flavors of this tomato and onion dish use butter and not olive oil or some other oil. It’s the butter that gives the tomatoes and onions that wonderful feel-good taste and aroma.
In a pan melt 2 tbsp butter. Add onions and lightly fry until translucent. Add tomatoes and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes until tomatoes become tender and release their juices, but are still chunky. Add salt and pepper.
Turn the stove off and serve hot with toasted bread, or you can toast bread on the same pan with a little butter just the way my Mom used to make it 😋☺️.