Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tomatillo Rice / Tomatillo Salsa Verde Rice

Did you know you will get to read different kinds of rice preparation on this blog for the next seven days? Yes, it's true.
When Srivalli announced the 'Marathon #3' which, will be for seven days, there were couple of my favorite themes to choose from. But, I didn't choose them. You might wonder why? That is because I can't find people to eat all that stuff if I bake something for one full week. That is unless some of you want to move to my neighborhood and help me with it. So, I chose rice.
Don't be disappointed though. It will be different kinds of rice dishes. Some Indian some inspired by different countries. Most of them are very easy ones that any one can make. Yes, even men and beginners.
Today's rice dish is 'Tomatillo Rice' or 'Tomatillo Salsa Verde Rice'. Tomatillo is not from the family of tomatoes. It is actually from the family of gooseberry. I made the salsa, mixed it with rice and added some corn. How easy is that?
Tomatillo Salsa Verde Rice

One Year Back - Ivy Gourd Pulav / Tindora Pulav
Rice - 1 cup long grain or basmati cooked, cooled and grains separated
Corn kernels - 1 cup frozen or fresh (optional)
Tomatillo - 4 medium sized ones
Onion - 1 small quartered
Cilantro - 1/2 cup packed leaves and stalks
Garlic - 3 pods
Jalapeno peppers - 2 with seeds and rib if you can handle the heat or to taste
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 - 3 TBSP
Lime - juice of 1 plus more to serve if desired
Tomatillo Salsa Verde Rice

Remove the covering of the tomatillo (skin around it which is like husk) and wash it well with water. Chop into chunks. Take these chunks, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic in a blender and puree. You won't need any water. Set aside. In a pan, heat oil. When hot, add the puree. Add some salt and let the water evaporate. If you are using fresh corn kernels, boil in salted water for about 5 minutes and drain and add it to the pot. If you are using frozen corn like I did, add them to the puree and let it cook at the same time.
When all the water has evaporated and corn has cooked, add rice and stir to combine. Adjust the salt if needed and add the lime juice. Mix well. Keep it on low heat for 2 - 3 minutes and turn off the heat. Garnish with cilantro and serve with cut up lime.

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  1. love ur display.....wonderful to me....

  2. Beautiful rice and beautiful photograph champa :)

  3. Yummy and nice pics ...looks gr8

  4. Rice with tomatillo,yet to try..looks fabulous..

  5. nice theme for the marathon,..
    rice looks so flavourful

  6. So tempting I eat both the bowls.

  7. I look forward to seeing all your rice recipes, this first one sounds and looks really nice, thanks for sharing.

  8. A very different rice ...Looks yummy ..

  9. Love ur clik....differnt flavoured rice.healthy too

  10. Champa, I will be more than happy to move into your neighborhood to eat your delicious bakes !

    Tomatillo rice looks wonderful!

  11. So tempting and yummy rice...wonderful clicks

  12. you have a lovely collection of recipes..keep them coming..:D
    Tasty appetite

  13. Lovely name for a simple good-old Tomato Rice. :)

    Me being a rice lover and all, I am looking forward to seeing a lot of rice recipes from ya.

  14. Let me know if there are any houses for rent or sale in ur neighborhood. Will happily move to enjoy the homemade goodies. ;-)
    Tomatillo rice looks yummy and different.

  15. the verde rice is gorgeous! nice presentation too!
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  16. Very tempting rice. Nice addition of corn in them. Love to use tomatillo in my cooking especially kurmas.Definetely would love to move to your neighbourhood and taste all your baking goodies :).

  17. Champa, I won't mind moving in close by if you promise to make all this, plus all those tempting baked goods you do ok...:) Seriously speaking when you said you did couple of them, didn't expect them to look so pretty, if I can say that for a food picture that is..very well presented.

  18. Healthy recipe with a good presentation.
    Show and Tell

  19. Adding corn to tomato rice is different.Lovely presentation :)

  20. I left a comment here yesterday didnt I ? I am fairly sure I did but cant see it now...

    anyways will repeat... looks good what is that I can used as an replacement of tomatillo as I am unlikely to find it here

  21. Monika,
    Tomatillo is of the family goose berry. So, if you can get gooseberry, you can use that. Or use green tomato and increase the lime juice.

  22. Sorry to be a plant geek, but tomatoes and tomatillos are in the same Family: Solanaceae. However, they are not the same genus:
    tomatillos (Physalis philadelphica) are one of many members of the genus physalis, along with the CAPE gooseberry, which is not at all related to the gooseberries I pick for pie. Tomatoes are one of the genus solanum
    (Solanum lycopersicum) along with the potato (Solanum tuberous)

  23. LOVE this! I can't wait to try this out - sounds divine!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls


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