Thursday, March 18, 2010
Fried Green Tomatoes
Last week my local vegetable vendor who has his ‘thela gaadi’ below my flat had some really nice looking green tomatoes. I had no clue what to do with them, but they looked so fresh and irresistible that I bought 250gms of the raw tomatoes. They lay in my refrigerator for 4-5 days and just when I feared they would all ripen and the whole point of buying them would be lost, Sunday happened :)
So for the brunch, I decided on fried green tomatoes to go with the scrambled eggs and toast. It’s a really simple recipe that I believe is a hot favorite American breakfast dish too… you know, grilled tomatoes and fried green tomatoes and the like. Green tomatoes, however, are pleasingly sour and make for a tangy fried tomato dish.
Small raw green tomatoes – 250 gms
Besan (Gram flour/chickpea flour) – 3 tbsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
Cut the tomatoes into round slices and sprinkle some salt and pepper. Mix all the remaining spices and salt to taste with the besan and add a little water. This besan mixture should be the consistency of your regular “pakoda” or fritters mixture. In a frying pan heat 2 tbsp of oil on high. Coat the tomato slices with the besan and shallow fry in the pan, turning the other side after a couple of minutes. Serve while hot and crispy.