Friday, January 7, 2011

Mexican tomatillo rice

Did you know, Tomatillo is a fruit ?
Tomatillos are not the unripe tomatoes, they are totally a different variety but same family.
Tomatillos means little tomato in Spanish, and they are used mostly inMexican cuisine. Mexican rice, salsa cruda, salsa Verde, salads, etc.

I like the green colour and a distinct tangy taste of the tomatillos a lot. Mostly, I cook them with the dal or put them in the salad. A few days ago, I made the tomato rice, when I realized that I should not try the same using the Tomatillos. Today, I gave it a try.
Ingredients :

1 cup --- Rice
1 no --- Onion, medium size finely chopped
4-5 tbsp --- oil
1 tsp --- Jeera
2 clove --- Garlic
Few cilantro
Salt to taste
Pinch of turmeric for color.

To puree:
4-5 nos --- Tomatillos, medium size
2 nos --- Jalapeno small size
*** 5 nos --- small Indian chili

It is a one pot meal, I cooked this in the pressure pan. Easyyyyyy....
--- In the pressure pan, add the oil and turn the heat to medium. Once it is hot add a spoon of jeera to it. Simultaneously add the chopped onion and saute it.
--- Meanwhile, wash the rice and drain the water.
--- When the onion turns translucent, add the rice, garlic and saute them along with the onion for few minutes, until the rice turns slightly golden brown.
--- Add the tomatillo puree, pinch of turmeric and salt to the rice mixture and 2 cups of water for rice to cook.
*** Water depends on the rice quality. I used normal ponni rice.
--- Close the pan and cook the rice for 2 whistle.
--- Once the pressure is released, open the lid and let the rice cool for few minutes.
--- Add the cilantro and serve warm with the roasted potatoes.


  1. This is very interesting, green tomato with rice! Are these same as the raw tomatoes we get in India?

  2. Great looking and super delicious rice, i rarely get tomatillos here..

  3. It looks so appealing,very nice recipe,thanks a lot for sharing!

  4. Wonderful recipe..


  5. Gayathri, Rajeswari, Priya, Sanjeeta -- Thanks a lot
    Sanjeeta -- I think we get this tomatillos in chennai now. This green tomatoes have a paper like husk covered. My in-laws after they went to India, told me that they saw these tomatillos in Chennai also.


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