What is a fruit?
Did you know that tomatoes come in hue of colours, pink, green, purple, stripy and red and there are literally thousands of varieties of tomatoes: heirloom, vine, pearl, roma, Alicante, big girl, beef… However, most of us end up consuming only one or two varieties of tomatoes. I think it’s a real shame…so I have come up with the green tomatoes salad recipes. Well, technically I didn’t come up with it, the Burmese came up with it. Or to be even more precise, I had this salad at Lahpet, a Burmese restaurant in Shoreditch, London. I loved it so much that now I have it every time I go to Lahpet (I am nothing if not a creature of habit😊).
Last week, I went to Lahpet again with someone very special. So I used the opportunity to ask the staff about the ingredients in the recipe for making green tomato salad. I also happened upon a bumper crop of fresh green tomatoes in my local Bangladeshi shop, so I bought about hundred kilos (!) to experiment and try the recipe at home. And I was successful! My recipe was very close to the one I had Lahpet and it’s delicious. Do give it a try at home as it’s super easy.
- 4 green tomatoes, medium size (2-3 inches in diameter) finely chopped
- 2 shallots or a small onion
- 1-2 tbsp oil to sauté I used olive oil but you can try other vegetables oils
- 2 tsp soy sauce light
- 1 tsp sesame seeds lightly toasted
- Handful coriander leaves fresh, finely chopped
- Salt to taste
Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium high heat.
Add the shallots and turn the heat to medium low. Sauté until the shallots turn darkish brown (but not burned).
Remove the pan from heat and let it cool.
Finely slice the tomatoes and arrange on a plate. Pour soy sauce, sprinkle the sesame seeds and salt. Add the sautéd shallots along and with the oil in which they were fried.
Garnish with chopped cilantro.