This chutney is Indian in style and we make it in Summer when green tomatoes are available. We use home grown ones and our local green grocer also stocks them. Green tomatoes are tangy and have a beautiful crunch. In this dish, they are cooked down with green chillies before being blended with spices and some tamarind to form the chutney. It is generally made to be eaten on the day it is made, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. It is delicious with any Indian meal, or just with rice and a dollop of ghee.
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Green Tomato Pachadi
6 green tomatoes, chopped
3 green chillies, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped (optional)
1 Tblspn cumin powder
1 tspn fenugreek powder (dry roast some fenugreek seeds and grind to a powder)
1 Tblspn tamarind pulp (or 0.5 tspn tamarind concentrate)
0.25 tspn turmeric powder
0.5 tspn jaggery
3 Tblspn sesame seeds, toasted
1 Tblspn ghee or Indian sesame oil
0.75 tspn mustard seeds
1 tspn cumin seeds
0.5 tspn urad dal
0.5 tspn channa dal
pinch of asafoetida
1 garlic clove, crushed (optional)
2 Indian dried red chillies
8 – 10 curry leaves
1 tspn ghee or Indian Sesame Oil
Heat a Tblspn of ghee or oil in a kadai or small-medium frying pan. Add the green tomatoes, garlic and green chillies and cover and cook for few minutes until the tomatoes collapse.
Add the tamarind, fenugreek, cumin powder, turmeric, and jaggery. Mix well and allow to cook for some minutes.
Blend the chutney mixture with the sesame seeds to form a coarse paste. An immersion blender can be used.
To make the tadka, heat a tspn of ghee or Indian sesame oil in a tadka pan or small saute pan, and add the mustard seeds. Allow them to pop and then add the urad dal, channa dal, dried red chillies, cumin seeds, asafoetida and chopped garlic. As the urad and cumin seeds darken slightly, add the curry leaves – they will splutter. Pour the tadka over the chutney.
Serve and enjoy.
recipe notes and alternatives
Serve with rice and a dollop of ghee.