January 8, 2009

Green Tomato Pickle

I have mentioned before that we love green tomatoes and I have been seeing them regularly at the market now for the past month or so. The grocers at the market get huge boxes of tomatoes which are usually green or half ripe as they keep longer while they ripen. So while other people pick out the ripe red tomatoes to buy, my grocer recognizes me as “that woman” who specially asks for the green ones! Of course, he’s too nice to say anything. He has been selling me vegetables and fruits for so many years now that he knows what I want.

No one seems to buy or cook green tomatoes here, or even back home but I am always very happy to see them. In fact, I just bought 2 kilos of them today. For once, my daughter was happy as she is slowly discovering a liking for tomatoes, especially the green kind.

Normally, Akshaya tells her dad that it isn’t safe to “let me loose at the market” as I am like a kid at the candy store. I cannot begin to describe the thrill of seeing a market full of fresh and colourful vegetables and fruit. Do I sound weird?
Luckily for all of us, other than at the market, shopping is generally not my favourite thing to do.

I have previously posted a Green Tomato And Onion Curry and a Green Tomato Khorma. Now it’s the turn for my Green Tomato Pickle. You can adjust the amount of chilli powder you add to the pickle. The powdered jaggery is added to balance the tartness of the tomato so you can adjust that too but the pickle shouldn’t taste sweet.
Here’s how I make it.


10 large green tomatoes

¼ cup sesame seed oil

5 tsp (adjust to taste) Kashmiri chilli powder

(or ordinary chilli powder)

2 tsp mustard seeds

¾ tsp fenugreek powder

½ tsp asafetida powder

½ to 1 tbsp powdered jaggery (or sugar)

2 to 3 tsp salt (or to taste)

2 sprigs curry leaves


Cut the green tomatoes into quarters, and each quarter into half. Add the chilli powder and salt and mix well. Keep aside.

Now heat the oil in a wok. Add the mustard seeds and when they splutter, turn down the heat to medium. Add the asafetida powder and curry leaves and stir once ensuring they don’t burn. Immediately add the tomato pieces. Stir well and allow the tomatoes to cook for about 5 minutes. They should soften without losing the skin or becoming mushy.
Add the fenugreek powder and jaggery and mix well. Allow to cook for another minute or so and take off the heat.

Allow to cool, bottle and refrigerate when not using. This pickle will keep in the fridge for a week. This recipe makes about 1 large jam jar of pickle.

This pickle goes to Lore's Original Recipes Round-Up.


Asha said...

YUM! Last Summer I had so many green tomatoes, I had to cook almost for 3 days to use them all before the first Fall cold hit! I will try this next summer! :)

Happy cook said...

Here we get green toamtoes in summer, and than too not in abundence.
Hi hi like a kid in a candy store in the market. I loved that expresion.

Ben said...

I love markets, too. All that fresh produce and delicious flavors lingering in the air... too bad we don't have markets in this part of the world :(

Great recipe!

Elra said...

Delicious Aparna! In summer I grow my tomatoes, and very often pick the green one and make indonesian dish with it. I never attempt to make Indian pickle ( I heard the process is long), but your recipe seem pretty manageable. I shall try one day!

Ashwini Kenchanna said...

Looks Yumm. I too love green tomatoes..but i don't know what to do with it, so I usually use it in regular curries.. This ia a great item to make out of it.. Thank you..

Vaishali said...

I can well understand- and share- the feeling of being enthralled in a market full of fresh vegetables. It is truly a thing of joy.
I use green tomatoes in masial, usually, but a pickle is a great idea. It looks delicious.
Hope you've had a good start to the year, dear Aparna, and wish you a very happy 2009.

Curry Leaf said...

I love markets too.Why just markets I actually like any provision store/super market ..its weird I know.I love seeing stacks of veggies or shelf full of provisions or even vessels of diff shapes and size neatly arranged and waiting to be purchased.Even thgh I love seeing things,most of the times I won't buy anything at all,except veggies ie.
Lovely pickle,never made/added green tomatoes in a pickle.I prefer rich red tomatoes thgh.The pickle is too hot & inviting

Madhu said...

I like pickles, new way to use greentomatos. Looks beautiful..

Cham said...

In my house they say i spent lots of time in market and supermarket. I shop alone! Green tomo i love the tartness... Even withou jagg It should taste heaven! Nice recipe!

Uma said...

I like green tomatoes too! But we don't get that many green tomatoes here. :(

Tomato pickle looks so gorgeous and mouth-watering. What a vibrant color!

aquadaze said...

Oh i envy you the green tomatoes! Haven't seen any in the markets here and I do miss them! Your pickled green tomatoes have turned a lovely red!

Rajani said...

even Ilike the greener ones more than the soft red ones. my mum used to make tomato sambhar with tart green tomatoes from her garden.not anymore though. simple recipe, i can make it!!

Smitha said...

Pickle Yum Yum...

Soma said...

Same here Aparna.. I see colors I go nuts... other than that I do not like too much of shopping even regular groceries. Might sound weird but, I love these kinda chutneys on a chewy bread...

Purnima said...

Aparna, thks for sharing such a lovely pickle recipe. I too miss the grocers market in Mumbai, here there is a bounty of every veggie known/unknown but the feel of it in homeland market is totally different!

sra said...

I love vegetable markets too - the one in Panaji is an 'especial' favourite. I haven't been able to photograph many, though, much as I would like to.

sreedevi said...

Aparna,I too love green tomatoes.I make bharta and dal with them.Thanks to your post,I am making a trip to veg market today:)

Aparna said...

Asha, welcome back.:)

I absolutely agree, Ben. There's a kind of magic in the air.:)

Indonesian. I wonder if it is vegetarian, Elra. Should do some exploring.

Vaishali, Shweatha, Cham amd Soma, it's good to know I'm not the only one. :)
Vaishali, mashial sounds interesting.
Soma, I think pickles and chutneys are great with bread too.

Rajani, I use green tomatoes in sambhar and rasam too.

Purnima, nothing's quite like home. :)

Sra, that Panaji market is no more. I miss it as there was something so special about it.
The new market is in a huge spacious building right behind the old one.

Have a nice time there, Sridevi.:D

Vanamala said...

lovely ...nice recipe

Lore said...

Oooo I love pickles so much I even eat them with soup :D so your recipe is right up my alley. Thanks for sending it my way!

bindiya said...

i posted a similiar recipe on my blog too, this looks super, will try it out next!

sagari said...

wowwww mouthwatering aparna

Simran said...

Have you read fried green tomatoes at the whistle stop cafe? That's when I fell in love with green apples.

Lovely pickle

Sunshinemom said...

Aparna, this looks great! I have seen green tomatoes and wondered what I could do with them! I like that - don't leave her loose in the veg. market:))

Bharti said...

You are not weird at all! I am exactly like that. I spend the most money on groceries! This pickle sounds really good. I'll wait for summer time- that's when I've seen green tomatoes around.

Yasmeen said...

Spicy pickle! We usually get Spanish green tomatoes called tomatillos here,pickle is a relishing recipe with green tomatoes:)

Seena said...

Good! I always loved tomato pickle, but wouldn't make here much.. loved your version. It has been long since I visit you, Aparna, how are you..? :)

Lisa said...

Lovely recipe. I've been meaning to try my hand at pickles for a while now. This recipe would be a good place to start.

Linda said...

Oh my goodness, Aparna -- it took me a minute to realise why the green tomato pickle was red! Love that kashmiri chile powder ;)

I will refer to this and your other green tomato recipes next fall, I hope, when I have some green tomatoes of my own.

Wishing you a most wonderful Happy New Year! :)