Sunday, November 16, 2008

Tomatilla Curry (Green Tomato Curry)


We usually get raw tomatoes or green tomatoes in India very easily but we used to bring this vegetable very rarely. I came across these fresh green tomatoes here in US and thought of giving it a try. You will get these in Mexican Stores or Farmers Market. They are called as Tomatilla. I dont remember how we used to make it back home in India. I just tried my version and liked it. The sour raw tomatoes give a very different taste. I hope you will love this sometimes in your meal. Here is the recipe -

Ingredients -
1. 8-10 tomatillas washed and chopped into pieces
2. 1 large onion chopped finely
3. ginger-garlic paste
4. 1/2 tspn mustard seeds
5. 1/2 tspn cumin seeds
6. 1/2 tspn turmeric powder
7. a pinch of asafoetida
8. 3-4 curry leaves
9. 1 tspn chilli powder
10.1 tspn Garam Masala Powder
13.Roasted peanuts grinded finely
11.Salt as per taste
12.1 tspn sugar
13.Oil
14.A bunch of washed and finely chopped coriander.

Method -
1) Heat oil in a wide skillet and put mustard seeds. Once they crackle add the cumin seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida and turmeric powder and stir for few seconds.
2) Add the chopped onions and stir well till the onions become translucent.
3) Add the grinded peanuts and roast them with the onions.
4) At this point add the garam masala powder and saute till the oil leaves the masala.
5) Add the chopped tomatillas and mix them well. Add salt, chilli powder and mix them well with the tomatillas.
6) Cover the lid and let it cook for 5-6 minutes stirring after every 3 minutes.
7) Also add little sugar at this time as the tomatillas are very sour and will not taste good without sugar.
7) The tomatillas cook very quickly so be sure to check them in between as to avoid them from being mushy.
8) Garnish it with coriander and its ready to serve with hot chapatis.

3 comments:

liz said...

I can not express to you my gratitude! I have a huge amount of green tomatoes from my garden that need to be used and I constantly struggle to find recipes I enjoy using them! I am eating your recipe right now (I used green tomatoes instead of tomatillos, hoping the recipe would work with both)and it is fantastic!

Thank You!!!!!

Liz Smith

PS I have a friend who just moved to Charlotte named Sangeeta Parakala her husbands name is Ravi...he works for IBM and she is a graphic designer. Perhaps one day you will meet.

Tejaswini said...

Thanks for your comment Liz and good to know that you liked the recipe. Thanks once again. I would perhaps come across your friend sometimes.

Tejaswini said...

Thanks for your comment Liz and good to know that you liked the recipe. Thanks once again. I would perhaps come across your friend sometimes.