Sunday, November 4, 2007

Tomatillo Chutney

Tomatillo (pronounced toh-MAH-tee-YO) is a relative of the tomato family. Tomatillos are of Mexican origin but are now grown in many other places in the Western hemisphere. The fruit is surrounded by a thin paper-like brownish husk and is ideal for use when it is still green.

Tomatillos are often confused with green, unripe tomatoes but unlike tomatoes, they have a distinctly tart, almost lemony flavor. This gives it an authentic flavor in a variety of Mexican green sauces and salsa. They also taste good fried in olive oil or grilled and seasoned with salt and pepper.
I made a chutney using tomatillos for the first time, over the weekend and just loved it.

2 tomatillos, chopped
½ medium onion, chopped
5-6 green chillies, chopped finely
½ tsp ginger paste
½ tsp garlic paste
¼ cup roasted peanuts
1 small piece of jaggery
1 Tbsp oil
Salt to taste

Heat the oil in a pan. Sauté the onions, add the ginger-garlic pastes and green chillies followed by the chopped tomatillos and jaggery.

Cook till the tomatillos are done and turn to mush.

Allow the mixture to cool & then blend well along with roasted peanuts to get a thick chutney.

This chutney would be the perfect accompaniment to these
instant dosas or even these not-so-instant dosas. It would also make a great tangy dip for baked tortillas or could even serve as a spread on any kind of toasted bread.

I had it with some hot dosas and it was really good. This is one chutney I will definitely be making again.

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musical said...

This surely must have been finger-licking good! What a tangy delight :).

Nags said...

love the colour of that chutney.. are tomatillos sour?

Raaga said...

I keep eharing about this fruit from all of you... doubt we get it here :) looks yummy.

Happy cook said...


East Meets West Kitchen said...

I love tomatillos, and this sounds great with the toasted peanuts!

Asha said...

I made a dish once with these, it was sooooo sour, we just couldn't eat it!:D
Chutney looks great, got to make it HOT!!!:)

Seena said...

Thanks for introducing this new veg.
will try to find out one, nice chutney..

Sirisha Kilambi said...

That is a nice-looking chutney tbc.........peanuts,jaggery and tomatoes...Nice combination :-)

Kribha said...

Yum... nice variation to the regular chutneys. Addition of peanuts and jaggery makes my mouth water. I know only a salsa recipe using tomatillos. Thanks for sharing this.

Seema said...

I love the mexican green salsa.. its really yummy. Did not know they use a different tomatoe!! You tried a nice recipe.. perfect for us indians & chutney lovers:-)

lakshmi said...

I had figured the tee-yo part :D - like all the -illa, -illo etc etc are supposed to be pronounced that way - nice looking chutney

Hima said...

I use tomatillos in many varities. I make dal,chutney, pair up with brinjal but never tried with peanuts. Will try your version for sure.

Laavanya said...

That looks so good... I love the green sauce you get (made with tomatillos) but for some reason have never tried to make anything with it yet...
I made your pesto recipe with sun dried tomatoes and loved it. I guess I ground mine kind of smooth so didn't get the beautiful specks you had on your pasta...

Richa said...

yum, that is one tangy chutney :) i too like to add a lil jaggery in the chutnies :)

Cris said...

Nice variation... I love mango chutney, it has such a distinct taste, and looking at your tomatillo chutney it makes me drool here.

Priyanka said...

Lovely chutney TBC, My hubby just loves the Tomatillo sauce served at Moe's with the mexican fare. Will try it out.

Namratha said...

Anything tomatillo, I'm up for the chutney!!

Susan said...

Love tomatillos and especially new ideas to use them in the kitchen, although they are rather pretty in a bowl when still in their husks. This looks really tasty and easy, TBC.

Rajitha said...

never though of making a chutney..that is a cool idea tbc...also loved that pic :)

Shivapriya said...

I make dal and pickle with this one but never tried chutney. Looks delicious and lovely colour. I will try it sometime..

Sia said...

gorgeous pic and equally beautiful recipe. first i thought its raw tamarind chutney:)

Shweta said...

My mouth is watering! I love the tang of tomatillos. I have used them in salsa and tortilla soup before. This chutney would be awesome with idlis too. Thats such a creative recipe! OK! Gotta go buy tomatillos :)

Latha Narasimhan said...

Recipe looks lovely! may be I can make using Indian tomatoes!:)

Sivani said...

I simple love tomatillos, but they are so expensive here :(

Thanks for posting this recipe though - perhaps I can use this to justify the cost of buying the tomatillos to myself :-)

BTW, I followed your advice and I tried Trupti's recipe for chana-bateta nu shaak. Loved the result and blogged about it (of course).

sagari said...

delecious tomato chutney

sagari said...

i mean tomatillos chutney

Rajitha said...

haapy diwali to u and hubby girl :)

Laavanya said...

Just popped in to say 'Happy Diwali' :)

Laavanya said...

Just popped in to say 'Happy Diwali' :)

Kelly Mahoney said...

I love tomatillos! Looks like some tasty dishes.

Kumudha said...

Looks so good!
I have seen this in supermarkets, but have not tried any dish with it. I like tangy vegetables.

Cynthia said...

It's a pity we don't get tomatillo here. How do you think green tomatoes will work with this recipe?

Mansi Desai said...

I've had this chutney/sauce before..It's really really tasty...loved the tangy-spicy flavor..your chutney and the cup its served in looks great TBC:)

Have a Very Happy Diwali girl:)

Kajal said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOW.....great things you share here. With ginger and garlic taste it is tastier. And also little sweet you add give delicious taste.

Happy Diwali!!!!!!!

Linda said...

I've never cooked with tomatillos, but see them often enough. Looks lipsmacking good! I must try this :)

Rachel said...

That is information to you said I always mistook it for unripe tomatoes!!1


Tomatillo chutney looks nice and i checked the tomatillo picture too ... looks cute:))

Mandira said...

TBC - the chutney looks delicious. Happy Diwali to you and your family!

ServesYouRight said...


Yum - the chutney sounds delish!!! Happy Diwali :-)


anusharaji( said...

a very happy and safe diwali to u :)

Kalva said...

Never used tomatillos. Very good recipe, would give it a try soon! happy diwali!

TBC said...

Musical- It really was! I am making it again over the weekend.

Nags-They are soooooooooooopar sour;-)But I added a lot of chillies for some heat and some peanuts & jaggery too .All that helped to mask the sourness a little bit.

Raaga-thanks girl:-)

HC, EMWK- thank you.:-)

Asha, yeah it really is sour. I added a lot of chillies for some heat.

Seena, do try it if you can lay ur hands on this veggie.

Sirisha- it is NOT tomatoes, girl:-(...but yeah, that wd be a nice combo too!

Kribha, thanks and u r welcome:-)I have not made a tomatillo salsa yet. Would love to hear your recipe.

Seema- that is what I thought too;-)

Lakshmi, thanks.Hope you are cooking up a storm in ur kitchen for Diwali.

Hima-Now I have never used it in a dal. Should try that out.

Laavanya, youhave to try this. I think you will like it:-)
I am so glad you tried the pesto. What did u have that with?
Thanks for the Diwali wishes. Right back at you:-)

Richa, yes, it definitely was:-)

Cris, I have actually never made a mango chutney though I have used it in many other preparations in different forms.Give this a shot if u can.You'll like it, I think.:)

Namratha, thanks:)

Susan-I wanted to take a pic of them with the husks but then thought that the craziness(for capturing everything on camera) ought to stop at some point.It has gotten to the point where I cannot eat anything without taking a pic first! That can be a bit of a problem if you are ravenously hungry:)

Thanks:) Thanks also for the Diwali wishes. Hope you are enjoying yourself.

I have to try the dal sometime.
Do let me know if u make the chutney:)

Sia, thanks:)
Raw tamarind chutney-now there's an idea for next time!

TBC said...

Shweta, ooh tell me more about the soup. I would love to hear the recipe for that one. Do let me know if u make this.

Latha, thnaks:)I don't think it would taste quite the same though u could give it a shot along with some tamarind.
Happy Diwali to u too:)

Try it. They are well worth the money spent.
Glad I could point u in hte right direction. I have tried so many recipes from Trupti's blog and each one of them has turned out well.

Sagari, thanks:)

Rajitha & Laavanya- thnaks girls:). Wish you and your families the same.


Kumudha, thank you. If u love tangy veggies, this is perfect for u:)

Mansi-thanks for the compliment.
Diwali wishes to u and the family too:)

Kaajal, thnaks dear. It is nice to see u here again . Hope you had a great Diwali.

Linda-You surely must. It was gooooood!;-)

Rachel-yeah... I did not know the difference in the beginning.:)


Mandira, thanks:)Diwali wishes to u too.

Smita, it is nice to see you here. Happy Diwali to u too.

Anusharaji- thanks:)

Kalva- Happy Diwali!

bindiya said...

Hey TBC ,A very happy Diwali to you too, and the chutney looks fab!

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

lovely chutney!!


Really a very nice dip...
Happy Belated Diwali to you and your family.

Sig said...

What a great way to use Tomatillos! Love the idea! I absolutely love such chutneys!

Gaurav said...

Hi TBC, thanks for dropping by my blog...your site is absolutely great. The photographs are so inviting, they make me wanna try each one out ( just seeing them made me hungry) :-D

Seema said...

TBC - Tagged u - check on my blog please!

Menu Today said...

Delicious looking chutney!!!!!

KayKat said...

This rocks! I love tomatillos! And peanuts! And chutneys! Why haven't I tried this as yet? :)

CW said...

Hi TBC- thanks for dropping by :-)
I love yr blog!! And am even more excited to find recipes to use up the phyllo dough sitting in my freezer ;-)

Shella said...

This looks wonderfully tangy n finger licking good.

Lissie said...

i have never tasted tomatillos. the chutney sounds really tasty!

Happy cook said...

TBC I have tagged you for Meme. Check it out in my blog

TBC said...

Bindiya, Sona, Swati- thanks:)

Sig - I made it again this week. that's how much I liked it!

Gaurav- welcome! Thank you for the compliments. That's very kind of you :)
Hope you stop by often.

Seema- thanks, will do;)

MT- thanks:)

Kaykat- maybe 'cos you were waiting for me to try it first?;-)

CW- welcome!
I bought a pack almost two months back, tried out two recipes but still have so much left! Do you have any easy recipes using phyllo dough?

Shella, Lissie- thanks girls:-)

Happy cook - thanks:-)
I am sure I will get to it eventually...or will I?! ;-)

SeeC said...

Hey I have seen this in store and never knew what it was. Next time will definitely buy and make it.
Sounds interesting.

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