Monday, March 31, 2008


I had been craving for some tangy green tomato chutney for quite some time, but I never saw any green tomatoes at the local grocery stores. I had some nice, green tomato salsa at S's place and then I couldn't take it anymore. L suggested I look for Tomatillos in the stores. Last week I found the green tomatoes at the Indian grocery store. I asked the clerk there if they stocked any green tomatoes. He gladly took me to a box full of green tomatoes that he had stowed away fearing nobody would want them!!

Armed with the perfect, sour green tomatoes I turned them into this spicy-sweet n sour chutney.

The secret of life? The secret's in the sauce.

I am an absolute bum when it comes to writing down recipes. G, you asked for it ;)

  • Roast some sesame and cumin seeds.
  • Roast some garlic cloves and green chillies with just a little bit of oil.
  • Roast coarsely chopped chunks of green tomatoes till they soften. Optionally you can saute them in oil. In order to save my non-stick pan I added just a little bit of oil. You can also add onions if you wish.
  • Grind the ingredients together after adding salt and sugar as per taste.
  • For the tadka - Heat a little bit oil (may be like a tablespoon). Add asofoetida, mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to crackle, add methi seeds, curry leaves and dried chillies.
  • Pour this over the ground mixture.
  • Garnish with cilantro.


Gowtham said...

you should seriously consider posting detailed recipes (along with these pictures) - so that others can try it out as well.

btw, I like the new banner image - the two trees :)

Gowtham said...

PS: Right now, the pictures and accompanying story is similar to:

"Albert Einstein derived the most well known equation,

E = mc^2"

What is missing, in my opinion, are the method and struggle behind deriving that equation for the first time...

You do have the struggle of finding the ingredients. If only you showed us the method... eating community will be grateful :)

Akira said...

@gowtham: Thanks! :)...I like the banner image too...I think those are oak trees. It was taken during a hike to a park here

Gowtham said...

thanks so much - I tried making it once this past weekend and I am sure I forgot something...

Will try again and see if I can improve :)