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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tomatillo Chutney

Event: Blogging Marathon #41
Theme: Stove-top cooking with alphabets - N, P & T

The idea of this chutney came to me when my husband one day mentioned about his mother's green tomato pachadi. Since my mother-in-law is not there any more and I never had an opportunity to taste that pachadi, it was hard to replicate it. And instead I came up with a version of my own using the tomatillos. The tomatillos and unripe green tomatoes are different even though they look the same particularly when tomatillos are dehusked. Tomatillo, original to Mexico comes with an inedible papery husk and is quite tart to taste. They have a sticky film which needs to be washed off before using them in recipes.
Tart tomatillos are paired with aromatic cilantro here and the addition of garlic lends a great flavor according to my husband. One day I had packed this chutney along with idlis in his lunch box and the yummy chutney had become a great hit among his colleagues. And so, I thought of sharing this flavorful chutney today.

1 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
A pinch of asafoetida
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
1 big onion or 2 onions, chopped roughly
4 - 5 green chillies
2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
3 tomatillo
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
Salt to taste

* Peel off the husks  from tomatillo. Rinse and gently rub to remove the sticky film. Cut each tomatillo into 6 - 8 chunks.
* Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they start to splutter add turmeric, asafoetida and chillies. Fry for about 30 seconds.
* Next add garlic and and onion. Fry until onion turns translucent.
* Then add tomatillo and cook until it turns mushy.
* Finally add cilantro leaves and salt. Just cook until the leaves wilt.
* Let cool the mixture and grind coarsely.
* Serve with idlis / dosas / rice.



Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very tempting and lovely looking chutney. Wonderfully prepared.

vaishali sabnani said...

Bookmarking right away..I have always wondered how to use them. .fantastic recipe:))

Sarita said...

Chutney looks awesome!

nandoos kitchen said...

nice, tasty chutney

kitchen queen said...

yummy finger licking chutney.

Priya Suresh said...

Never tried chutney with tomatillo, sounds wonderful, must bit tart na?

Manasi said...

I must try this! I love the tang of Tomatillos.

Manasi said...

I must try this! I love the tang of Tomatillos.

www.mahaslovelyhome.com said...

Tempting n healthy chutney

Varada's Kitchen said...

Nice use of tomatillos.

Pavani said...

That is one delicious looking chutney -- never tried with tomatillos.

The Pumpkin Farm said...

these look like the gooseberries we get here..dont know the name it is called.. this chutney looks nice and i can think of options to substitute the tomatillos now...
I was in rockford almost a decade back...good to know you are in the same state...

Chef Mireille said...

mexican Indian fusion is great here with the use of tomatillos. has such a great texture

Harini R said...

Tomatillos have been our fav almost for 10-12 years now. I make chutney/dal in various combinations. Love this chutney in all its variety!

Srivalli said...

Nice knowing about this ingredient..the chutney looks delish!