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Egg Thoran with Tomatillo

Posted by Annita on July 10, 2006

I’ve got this new Egg Thoran recipe from June edition of ‘Vanitha’.But instead of the green unripened tomatoes mentioned in the recipe ,i’ve used tomatillos for a change.I’ve always wanted to try out this unfamiliar vegetable ,and this time I took the risk.But it came out really really well.Tomatillo is a spherical,green vegetable with a paper like husk all over it and about the size of a large cherry tomato.They grow to maturity inside this husk.As it ripes,the color of the husk changes from green to light brown,and the fruit from green to pale yellow.It is the freshness and greenness of the husk that determines its quality. Fruit should be firm and bright green as the green colour and tart flavour are the main culinary contributions of the fruit.To me,it tasted like ‘IlumbiPuli'(Sorry,I don’t know its English name).


Tomatillos are native to Mexico and they are used as an excellent base for Salsas.They belong to the same family as tomotoes,and when the husk is removed it looks almost like green tomatoes.But they actually taste nothing like green tomatoes. The tomatillo has a tart, lemony flavor that is enhance when cooked.The inside is white and fleshy than a tomato.Tomatillos are rich in vitamin A&C.
As the husk is not edible,it has to removed first.Inside,you can find some sticky substance over it.So make sure to rinse it well before use

Here goes the original recipe from Vanitha…

Ingredients for Tomatillo-Egg Thoran

Green tomatoes (deseeded and chopped fine)- 3 cup
Green Tomatillo – 3 (Adding more of it,can give too much of that sour flavour)
Chopped Onion -1 medium sized
Chopped Green Chilly – 4
Grated ginger – 1 tsp
Grated coconut or Coconut Powder – 3/4 cup
Egg – 3
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves -1 sprig
Oil – As needed
Salt – To taste

Beat the eggs well and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan and allow mustard seeds to splutter.Stir in Curry leaves,Onion,Ginger and Green chillies and saute for a while.Add salt and chopped tomatillos ,and saute until it is cooked well.

Sauteing tomatillos

Now reduce the heat and add beated egg and grated coconut into it.Scramble it well.Simmer for 2-3 mts stirring in between.It goes well with rice.

Tomatillo-Egg Thoran

Courtesy :- Omana Thomas,Trivandrum – June Second Edition,VANITHA.

Posted by Annita

16 Responses to “Egg Thoran with Tomatillo”

  1. ArSu said

    Hmm..Tomatillo egg thoran sounds interesting and appetizing!

    Thanks ArSu and welcome to me blog


  2. Surya said

    Nice recipe Annita. I had seen this vegetable in farmers market but don’t know how to use this. Can we use it as an alternative to elumbipuli?
    I had tried ur ‘tomato in curd gravy’ and turned out very good.see the photo in my blog.

    I am also planning to use it instead of Ilumbipuli….My mother used to make a fish curry with ilumbipuli in it. Really wanna try that with this tomattillo.And I’ve seen that photo in ur blog..Endproduct looks very good Surya


  3. shynee said


    Thanks Shynee


  4. shaheen said

    looks different enough to make me want to try it.did u try adding grated coconut?

    I’ve added powder into it.But in the original recipe,it is mentioned as grated coconut.


  5. shaheen said

    looks different enough to make me want to try it.thanks annita

    Try it out and u’ll love it Shaheen


  6. minu said

    u r really great. i njoy ur posting…good work.

    i am from London, Uk, wish u were my neighbour…u r simply wonderful mam!!

    Thanks Minu..I’m flattered..:))


  7. sudha said

    I never came across tomatillos. Are they available here in US, next time i will look every corner of my local farm market. Thanks for letting us know about this recipe.

    Thanks Sudha.It is available in all grocery stores here in U.s.You wont miss it Sudha


  8. Rg said

    sounds interesting….will try out soon…thanks Annita….

    Thanks Rg


  9. Archana said

    Nice recipe, thank you

    Thanks for the comment,Archana


  10. Rg said

    Annita, I tried to get tomatillos y/day…didn’t find any in Kroger….from which store did u get that?

    I got it from Walmart,Rg..I think it can be found in almost any grocery stores. 


  11. Suni said

    You can try with ripe tomatos too (with out coconut). It is a good thoran for Chappathi. We are calling it egg burji. Easy to make and nice to taste.

    Thanks Suni.I’ll definitely try it out..


  12. Sindhu said

    I tried your tomatillo-egg thoran and it was excellent. Many thanks for this useful recipe. Keep up the good work!

    Happy to hear that u loved it,Sindhu.And thanks for dropping by.


  13. SollyBear said

    You can buy tomatillos from They have lots of different sizes and varieties.

  14. Riniko said

    Tried this tonight. It was real good and quite easy to make.

    thank you Riniko

  15. amit said

    where to get tomatillos in india

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