Saturday, 16 November 2013

Pickled Green Tomatoes

Assalaamu'alaikum wa rahmatullah

Some people perhaps do not take tomatoes because it is a kind of foreign vegetable. But who cares about foreign or not. It is still from the same mother earth. Green tomatoes is actually perfect for pickling since it has sugar content which is less that the ripe ones. These are lacto-fermented tomatoes. Some people do not recommend vinegar fermented ones because good bacteria is not as much as in the lacto-fermented ones.


All you need are:

7-8 small fresh green tomatoes, or 4 large green ones.
1 tablespoon fennel seeds or mustard seeds or cumin seeds.
1/2 tablespoon chilly flakes or any fresh chillies or mint leaves.
2 tablespoons celtic sea salt.
4 tablespoons whey (if not around, use additional 1 tablespoon salt).
2-3 cloves garlic (peeled not crushed)


How to do...

Wash tomatoes well, maybe half or quarter of them if you want to fit them in the jar. Place them into a mason jar or anything. Add all the ingredients and at the end add water to fill the jar, but leaving at least one inch below the top of the jar.

Cover tightly. Shake to stir ingredients. Give at least two inches of head space and make sure all ingredients are submerged in brine. Keep at room temperature for about 3-10 days before placing it into cold storage. Be sure to "burp" the jar every 1-2 days just to let the gases out. It is difficult to give correct duration as it depends on several factors like ambient temperature, ripeness of tomatoes, type of salt and so on.

Other than that, you maybe can add some peppercorns, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, or peppers in the jar. Vegan food is easier to prepare as compared to meat ones since we do not have to waste time washing and washing the meat to get rid of that "blughhh" smell.... I avoided meat for so long. I could even tell the smell of those who take the meat which makes me feel nauseated. I am so sorry but that is the fact : S 

Anyway I tried some other simple recipes too such as Pumpkin Soup. Maybe I would keep the recipe here so I could make it again. Not so much complicated and suitable for those who feel lazy to cook, haha.

Sealed with prayers for mercy, peace and love, amin!

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