Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Tomatillo is my new favourite vegetable. It looks like a green tomato but has a husk around it. When the husk is removed, you see a vegetable that looks like a green tomato. It is sticky and needs to be washed. The taste however is very different. It is more tart than a tomato. I would say it has the taste of a raw tomato and amla (gooseberry ) combined. It has this wonderful tart and slightly sweet taste and you could whip up a salsa in no time. The salsa thickens the next day. I tried it with dosa the next day and it went really well as a chutney. I have used raw tomato as a substitute with some extra lemon juice but would next time throw in some gooseberry or a piece of raw mango instead.


  • tomatillos 6 nos
  • garlic 2-3 cloves
  • seranno or jalapenos 2-3 (increase or decrease according to spice level)
  • onion- chopped 1/4 cup
  • cilantro 3-4 tbsp
  • lime/lemon juice (optional)- depending on the sourness of the tomatillo
  • 1 tsp vegetable or olive oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Turn on the oven to broil
  • Chop 1/4 cup onions and soak in cold water
  • On a baking tray, place aluminium foil or parchment paper
  • Remove husk from tomatillo and wash well
  • Place on pan. Add garlic and chillies. Drizzle with oil
  • Place under broiler for 3-4 minutes
  • Remove garlic and chillies and place aside. Turn tomatillos and grill for another 3-4 minutes
  • Remove and add all ingredients (including the juices on the pan) except lemon juice to food processor/mixer and grind to a fine paste
  • Add salt to taste and lemon juice if required.
  • Serve with chips or on tacos/ quesadillas or with idli or dosa as chutney

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Salsa verde with tomatillos is so tasty and can be used in so many ways. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I agree. You can eat it with almost anything.

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