This green tomato curry mixes sweet, spicy and tangy flavours. Because of its flavour combinations, this hare tamatar ki sabzi can be served both as a side dish as well as a condiment.
For me, the most important and frequently harvested vegetable on the farm is tomato. In Indian kitchens, we can’t do without our red tomatoes, but green tomato or hare tamatar recipes are not that common in many kitchens. A few days ago, when I saw this big bunch of firm green tomatoes on the plant, I couldn’t resist but bring some back home.
All you need to know about Green Tomatoes
Green tomatoes, or “हरा टमाटर”, are typically unripe and green in colour. They have a crisp, firmer, and more solid texture than the regular red tomatoes.
Flavour and Culinary uses
Green tomatoes have a slightly tart and tangy flavour. They provide a delightful tanginess that pairs perfectly with Indian spices and flavours. Some common dishes:
- Green tomato curry & sabzi
- Green tomato chutney
- Green tomato pickle
- Green tomato pakoras
Hare Tamatar ki Sabzi (Green Tomato Curry)
Ingredients (1cup = 240ml; 1tbsp = 15ml; 1tsp = 5ml)
- 250 g green tomatoes
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- a pinch of hing
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
- 2 green chillies finely chopped
- 1" Fresh Ginger finely chopped
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- Salt to taste
- 1 tbsp jaggery
- Fresh coriander for garnish
- Wash and chop the tomatoes into ½” cubes
- Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot, add hing, cumin and fenugreek seeds.
- When the seeds crackle, add ginger, garlic and green chillies. Sauté for 30 seconds.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and all the spices.
- Mix well, reduce heat to low and cook covered for ~10 minutes till the tomatoes turn soft.
- Add jaggery and coriander. Mix well and serve hot.
Both red and green tomatoes are rich in dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals, but they have slightly different nutritional profiles.
Green Tomato, however, should only be eaten in moderation as it contains high amounts of alkaloid solanine that can lead to dryness, nausea, fever etc.
Both types of tomatoes offer different flavours, culinary delights and nutritional benefits. Incorporate both varieties in your diet. We run a #KnowYourVegetables series on our farm Instagram channel. Check out the differences between Red and Green tomatoes here.
Do you have a family recipe using green tomatoes? Do share with me here.