Our favourite weekend activity is going to the local farmers market.It is a great to see heaps full of fresh corn,watermelons and exotic vegetables from around the world. The atmosphere there is like our own vegetable market back in India where people stand in crowded lines with bags full of fresh vegetables. I like to think that this is the reason why there are more desi's in farmers market than anywhere ..it reminds them of home.
I saw "tomatillas" this week in our market.They looked like lost brothers of our very own green tomatoes,so decided to treat them same and made chutney by adding chillies and garlic. It came out tasty and tomatillos did not dissapoint me at all.. Try it out if you are craving for something tangy and spicy..
- Tomatillas or Tomatoes-8
- Green Chillies--6-7
- Garlic-- 4-5cloves
- Curry Leaves--A fistful
- Coriander seeds--1 tablespoon
- Cumin seeds(Jeera)--1 teaspoon
- Asafotida or hing--1/4 teaspoon
- Tamarind--1 Tablespoon
- Sugar--A pinch
- Oil---2 Tablespoons
- Salt to taste
Heat oil in a pan and add coriander seeds and Cumin seeds. Add asafotida and toss in the green chilies and curry leaves. Roast the chilles and add the tomatillas and cook until all the juice evaporates..this can take upto 15 minutes,keep stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, tamarind paste,sugar and salt and cook for few minutes until everything is soft and oil leaves the sides of the pan. Cool and grind. Serve with roti or rice.
Note--You can use green tomatoes or red tomatoes( firm) if you don't have tomatillos