Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Green tomato chutney


One of my all time favorite movies is fried green tomatoes. No and I don't think it is because the title sounds so delicious or because food/restaurant as a theme runs throughout the film. I love the story, the characters and the the setting and the message of endurance the film portrays (to me at least) I think it also had to to with the time in my life when I watched this film and I am sure we all are influenced or inspired by films or music or a novel sometimes if it relates to touches your life at that time.

It is true though that I tried to make fried green tomatoes for the first time only after seeing this film. I bought the store bought batter mix first and I think it was the whistle stop brand? Not sure now but whistle stop was the name of a station in the film. I loved eating fried green tomatoes! I started making my own mix as it was really simple and it came out very well.

Maybe I should make it and post a recipe. But this is another recipe using green tomatoes and it is delicious. I love having this with paratha or puri. It goes very well with crackers or chips.

2 large green tomatoes chopped
1tsp fennel seeds
1tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp. fenugreek seeds
2-4 cloves
1tsp onion seeds (kalonji)
½ tsp. cumin seeds
2-3 dry whole red chilies
1tsp turmeric powder
1tsp black salt
1tsp red chilli powder
4 tbsp. brown sugar or powdered jaggery
Pinch of asafoetida
2 tbsp. oil for cooking
Salt to taste


Heat oil in a pan. Add all the seeds and once they crackle, add the whole red chillies and asafoetida, red chilli powder and turmeric powder. Quickly add the chopped green tomatoes and stir well. Now add the salt and sugar, little water and cover the pan. Let it look for about 5-7 minutes until tomatoes become soft yet not mushy. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt or sugar.


  1. nice, simple and yet very very yummy recipe from you once again...excellent presentation..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  2. Chunky green tomato chutney looks wonderful and fingerlicking..

  3. Absolutely delish & finger licking good..Im bookmarking your version ;)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  4. Not sure if my prev comment was here i go again..This is an absolutely mouthwatering chutney..Finger licking good ;)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  6. "Fried green tomatoes at the whistle stop cafe" is one of my most favourite books (and movies) of all time!

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  8. Lovely color-green tomato. Chutneys are so great to stash away and enjoy with great pleasure whenever you fancy :)

  9. Thank you all for such encouraging comments!

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  11. Wonderful, keep up the good work.