Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tomatillo chutney

No,it's not the 'salsa verde' with an Indian name.It's tomatillo used instead of red tomatoes in a chutney recipe that I learnt from my neighbour back in Bangalore.The use of roasted bengal gram and of course the tempering at the end gives this dish the Indian touch. It's a little rich(I had to add two teaspoons of oil+the roasted bengal gram and peanuts),but I did substitute oil instead of 'ghee' for the tempering. The 'ghee' is supposed to reduce the heat of the green chillies,so do let me know if it does!Tomatillo Chutney
  • Tomatillos:4 nos.(chopped)
  • Green chillies/Serrano:1 or 2(depending on how much fire you can take)
  • Garlic:4 cloves chopped(+ 2 to be added raw-optional)
  • Ginger:1/2" piece
  • Oil: 2 teaspoon
  • Roasted bengal gram:2 teaspoons
  • Roasted peanuts: 2 teaspoons
  • Mustard seeds: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Zeera/Cumin seeds:1/2 teaspoon
  • Sesame seeds:1/2 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida/Hing: a pinch(optional)
  • Jaggery: 1 teaspoon(or 1/4 teaspoon sugar)
  • Salt: to taste
  1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a non-stick pan,add chopped ginger and garlic.
  2. When the garlic turns slightly brown,add the pinch of asafoetida(optional),chopped green chillies and fry for a minute.
  3. Add the chopped tomatillos,salt,jaggery(or sugar) and stir.Cook till the tomatillos are soft.
  4. Once it has cooled,add the mixture, the raw garlic(optional),roasted bengal gram and peanuts into a blender and blend till you get a fine paste. Pour the chutney into a bowl/airtight box.
  5. Heat the remaining oil,add the mustard,cumin,sesame seeds.
  6. Once the mustard starts to splutter, pour the tempering over the chutney and mix well.
  7. Serve with dosas or idlis or as a spread on your sandwich(or mix with yogurt and use as a spicy dip).


chow and chatter said...

sounds good must try it sometime

Pearl said...

oh that recipe looks great!

Lori said...

Sounds so good! I've had tomatillo salsa before, but have never been brave enough to buy them and make something with them myself. :)

Sweta (My Indian Dietitian) said...

Rebecca,Pearl,Lori-thank you,my hubby's a huge chutney fan.I'm tired of the regular chutney's(coconut,mint,cilantro),hence the urge to try out new veg's and fruits;)

Anonymous said...

I haven't had a tomatillo chutney before and it sounds fabulous! I'd love to try soon!

Yasmeen said...

I'm eager to try tomatillos,this spicy chutney with desi spices sounds perfect to start with:)

Michelle @ Find Your Balance Health said...

Always something new from you! What is bengal gram? A spice, yes? I have never heard of it.

Sweta (My Indian Dietitian) said...

Yasmeen-I'm sure you'll love it!!
Michelle-bengal gram dal is split chick pea.The variety I've used is the roasted one.

Unknown said...

Hey shweta

This recipe sounds good. will try this weekend with the red tomatoes :-))))