March 29, 2009

Green Tomato Relish And Click: Wood

We really like tomatoes here, even Akshaya does provided she cannot see the pieces of tomato in the dish. And when the tomatoes in question are green, it gets even better and I'm constantly trying new ways to cook them. I have already tried using them in many dishes in a combination with other vegetables as well as some where green tomatoes play the stellar role such as Green Tomato Khorma, Green Tomato Pickle and a Green Tomato And Onion Curry.

Here is one more recipe starring the green tomato. This relish has a delightful flavour that comes from the slight tang of the green tomatoes coupled with the warmth of the spices.


1 kg green tomatoes, finely chopped

1 1/4 cups sugar (adjust to taste)*

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 finely chopped fresh ginger

1 stick cinnamon

3 cloves

1 star anise

*I used sugar this time, but I'm very sure that jaggery or brown sugar would be better and that's what I'll use next time.


Put the chopped tomatoes, sugar, salt, ginger and whole spices in a heavy bottomed pan. Mix everything together, cover the pan and keep aside for about 3 to 4 hours (or even overnight, which is what I did).

The sugar would have dissolved in the tomato juice, and there will be quite a bit of liquid in the pan. Place the pan on the stove and bring the contents to a boil. Turn down the heat to medium and allow to simmer until most of the liquid evapoprates to leave very little syrup and a thick relish.
Remove the whole spices, allow the relish to cool and bottle.

The cinnamon in this recipe brings me to CLICK which is a monthly food photography event hosted at Jugalbandi. This month's theme is "Wood".

The cinnamon quills on my kitchen shelf reminded me that the deadline for submissions was round the corner and it was time to do something about it.
I took quite a few pictures, uploaded them and then forgot about them till a couple of days back when I saw posts on various blogs talking about submissions to the event!

The thrill of having found a subject for my pictures disappeared somewhat in my not being able to decide which one to send in. Well, its easy to pick an outstanding one, but when all are more or less in the "neither here nor there" category, what does one do?

The deed has been done and the above picture goes off to Bee and Jai for CLICK. If you haven't been there, you really should if you do not want to miss some awesome photography.


Soma said...

That is one wonderful angle for the cinnamon. .. upclose & personal:-)

The chutney got pretty look.. i guess the sugar gave it that slightly transparent look.

Happy cook said...

I love the conamon click.

Arundathi said...

Love the click. Been looking everywhere for green tomatoes. have to find them now and make this!

Vibaas said...

Nice click and the relish looks yum!

Madhumathi said...

Omg tomato pickle looks delish!!
The cinnamon click is fantastic :)

bee said...

while i love green tomatoes, i;m not sure how safe they are.

thanks for the click entry.

A_and_N said...

Wow, green tomatoes? I haven't done much with them. This could be a great dish to start with!

And - How did you take that pic, Aparna? its really nice and so close, yet so clear!

Cynthia said...

I can imagine the sweet and little tang from the green tomato with this relish. Will definitely give it a try when next I find some green tomatoes.

Cham said...

They look glossy like a Jam! Great click entry too!

bindiya said...

This I am definitely making aparna, looks very interesting, great entry for click !

Raaga said...

looks nice. I only found green tomatoes only once... and made a chutney with it :)

Raaga said...

also, the cinnamon click is superb

Rajee said...

So glossy like jam. Let me give it a try. Nice picture for the click.

jayasree said...

Liked the glossy effect of the relish. I shall try with jaggery/brown sugar.

jayasree said...

Well shot entry for Click.

Sunshinemom said...

I thought of cinnamon too and took a few snaps but then decided on coconut shell:)

You really have a lot of recipes starring green tomatoes, and this relish looks another great addition! Can't see your click pic for some reason - will come back later!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Great idea to use up green tomatoes! :) I love the idea of this Aparna!

Aparna said...

Thanks. This picture was one I liked with a couple of others, but this one got the vote here at home.:)

As for the tomato relish, its delish!!

Bee, thanks for the link as I didn't know about that.
I know about greenish potatoes being harmful.
I searched some on this, and it seems the culprit is a glykalkoid called solanine. Apparently green tomatoes have some, but the general opinion seems to be that you need to eat very large amounts of green tomatoes for it to be harmful.

And that link says green peppers and green eggplants aren't safe either, yet we do eat both!
So perhaps small amounts are ok, once in a while.

This is something that needs to be looked into, I guess.

Just was wondering about and trying out various angles to shoot from. I used the macro mode on my camera shooting in manual mode, in black & white, shutter speed 1/10, aperture value 2.6.
No I'm not an expert and just reading off the shooting info! Basically I shot from very close.:)

Harini, I'm not sure why you can't see it. Maybe slow connectivity? I have been having a slow connection the past couple of days.

sra said...

Really like the cinnamon photo. Why did you choose to make it black and white? (Just to learn, to get an insight.)

And I've seen that green tomato relish, of course.

Barbara said...

Your green tomato relish looks delicious, Aparna. I usually have plenty of green tomatoes left over in the garden during the season, so I will save your recipe for then.

Love your "wooden" cinnamon sticks!

Padma said...

Hey Aparna,
thank you for the Ugadi wishes, how have you been doing?

Red Chillies said...

Loved the click.

I have been meaning to cook with green tomatoes for a long time. When I read them on blogs, I make my mind to bring some. But when I see them I don't feel like :-(

Like your version.

karuna said...

love the colour of the chutney.

Parita said...

hey aparna, the pic looks lovely, your recipe took me back to my childhood days when my mom used to prepare this using raw green mangoes and it used to taste fantastic :) thanks for posting

Sandeepa said...

The cinnamon pic is very nice, I like the angle of your shot.
Haven't had green tomatoes much, relish sounds delish :)

Usha said...

Loved the picture ! The relish sounds really interesting...

Aparna said...

Thanks, Sra.
I just decided to experiment with the various modes on my camera and just took lots of pictures.

I also took quite a few in colour, but it somehow seemed to me that the cinnamon quills had a lot more texture and character in black and white. In colour, they were just this shade of unispiring brown though I got a couple of good ones.

Hope you enjoy making this, Barbara.

Love mango chutneys/ relishe too Parita.

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Susan from Food Blogga said...

I could think of so many wonderful ways to enjoy this relish, including eating it just by the spoonful.