Who has kancha tomato or green tomatoes for lunch as a vegetable?
If you had seen the insta stories in www.instagram.com/pikturenama, kancha tomato or green tomato has been one of the many loot of the home grown vegetables which Madhushree got from her home in Canning. Since then, various suggestions came from differen corners of social media and home about the use of kancha tomato. The experiments began and kancha tomato jhaal was one such surprise.
I must admit that I haven’t had kancha tomato till now and when the kancha tomato jhaal was served without any preamble, it almost looked like a sauted long sliced yellow bell pepper. The first bite confirmed and strongly objected too. Robust presence of mustard paste as the background and slightly tangy sour taste of the green tomato makes it an unique experience. Slightly crunchy green tomato slices with the texture almost same as the yellow bell pepper and the colour changed to yellow made it a replica of yellow bell pepper. I love mustard and can have almost everything with with mustard. That’s the added object of desire for me. Add on to that, the green chilies. Must say, more spunk. Spicy, hot, flavoured, textured – what else do you need from any torkari? Yes, one would also find the creaminess from the poppy seed paste.
How to make Kancha Tomato jhaal
It’s not that tough, rather an easy recipe, one tweak which was done was addition of aloo or potato otherwise the torkari would not have increased in volume. And as Bengalis, we have to add potato to everything, including the Biryani. So I would safely say that Its okay to add potatoes to this vegetable. It doesn’t take much time to make it too. Just saute the potatoes and tomatoes in our basic spice tepering, ie nigella seeds with green chillies. SOme salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, sugar to balance the sourness and the finaly addition of mustard paste and poppy seed paste. That’s it! Finish with some green chilies and mustard oil.
Take a bowl of rice and nicely mash it with the kancha tomato jhaal, using you fingers. I tell you, that was one winter delight.
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