Hello there, Amy here with too many tomatillos! I had eaten plenty of salsa this season and was ready for something different from the bounty of my Tucson Community Supported Agriculture share.
I remembered my friend making an East Indian tomato chutney with mustard seeds and curry leaves, and a hint of tamarind for tartness. Tomatillos are already more tart than tomatoes, so this seemed perfect.
I collected the ingredients, including urad dahl, a dry black lentil, spilt and peeled. Feel free to omit. Also asafetida, a strong smelling spice that is totally optional, and curry leaves, which I grow in a pot.
After washing the tomatillos, I prepared everything else.
I fried the urad dahl in coconut oil until golden brown.
Then I added chopped onion, garlic, jalapeno and a pinch of salt, and cooked until soft.
I cooked and smashed the tomatilos to a paste and transferred to a blender, but it would be just as good chunky.
In more coconut oil, I fried the mustard seeds until they were popped, followed by curry leaves and a pinch of asafetida.
In went the puree and I simmered it with the water that rinsed out the blender. After it thickened a bit, it was ready. One batch I made included mostly ripe tomatillos and suited my taste perfectly. The second batch was very firm, green tomatillos, so in went a pinch of sugar and another spoon of coconut oil. I enjoyed with mung beans and rice. Happy summer!
1 teaspoon urad dahl
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped or dried red chiles, or chile powder (to taste)
1 basket (or 2) tomatillos, well rinsed and chopped
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
Curry leaves (leaflets from 2 leaves stripped from the mid-vein)
A pinch of asafetida
Salt to taste
Fry the urad dahl in coconut oil until well browned. Add onion, garlic, and jalapenos and cook until soft. Add tomatillos and salt to taste. Simmer until saucy then puree in a blender.
In more coconut oil, fry the mustard seeds until they mostly finish popping. Add curry leaves and fry until crisp. Add asafetida and stir for few seconds before adding puree. Rinse out the blender with a few tablespoons water and add to the pot. Cook for a few minutes to thicken and for flavors to combine. Cool and enjoy.