Ever since I saw Fried Green Tomatoes, I have loved eating them as well. As I grow a lot of tomatoes, sometimes, even after making ketchup and filling numerous bottles and puree as well, you continue to get fruit. On sunny Sunday afternoons, I like plucking a couple of tomatoes (sometimes ripe and sometimes green) and making a simple salad or chutney to accompany our lunch. I would like to share a pretty new discovery here. I was browsing through YouTube videos when I chanced upon this one. Gave a few tweaks of my own and now I have my special chutney. Prepared in a typically South Indian style (Andhra style, to be precise), it hits all the right notes and is very good as a dip.
Chop 5-6 green tomatoes and keep aside. Heat 1 tbsp of oil (any oil… Try sesame) and add the tomatoes. Chop and add 4-5 cloves of garlic, 3-4 slit green chillies and i tsp of turmeric. Stir and cover. Let it simmer on low flame for abut 10 minutes. Keep stirring till it becomes mushy. Add I tbsp of grated jaggery (gur) and 1 generous tsp of tamarind paste. Keep stirring for 2-3 minutes till this gets mixed. Let the tomato mix cool. Keep this aside. Now take 1 tbsp of urad dal, 1 tbsp of chana dal (or two tbsp of sesame seeds). Roast and grind this finely. Now add this ground dal (or ground sesame seed) to the tomato mix and blend in a food processor. It should become like a rough puree. In a wok, heat about 1 tbsp of oil and add about 10 curry leaves, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp fenugreek or methi seeds, 1/2 tsp each of chana dal and urad dal (or 1tsp sesame seeds), 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp mustard seeds and 1/4 tsp of hing or asafoetida. as all these need to go in one after the other in quick sequence, keep them ready on a plate. As the seeds splutter, tip over the oil with all the spices into the bowl with the tmato paste. Mix well. your green tomato chutney is done. You can also do this the other way round by pouring in the green tomato paste into the wok of oil and spices and giving it a good mix. Enjoy your wholesome tangy chutney!!