Fried Green Tomatoes with Spicy Raita

  • Yield 6 servings

A creamy raita, make with yogurt and spicy Indian green chile pickles, is the perfect topping for fried green tomatoes.

Ingredients

Raita:
3/4 cup plain yogurt (preferably goat's milk)
1 -- garlic clove
1 -- carrot, peeled
1 -- lime
1 tablespoon spicy Indian green chile pickles
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
Tomatoes:
2 cups grapeseed oil (approx.)
3 -- medium green tomatoes
-- Salt and black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 -- eggs
1 cup panko breadcrumbs, finely ground and sifted
-- Espelette pepper

Instructions

  1. To make the raita: Spoon the yogurt into a medium mixing bowl. Grate the garlic directly into the yogurt. Grate and measure out 3 tablespoons carrot and mix into yogurt, including any carrot juices that accumulate. Squeeze 1 tablespoon lime juice into mixture, then stir in pickles and mustard.
  2. Toast cumin seed in a small dry skillet over low heat until they turn a shade darker and develop a deep nutty aroma, about 4 minutes, shaking the pan now and them. Add cumin to yogurt mixture. Let stand at least a few hours before using. The raita is best made a day in advance so the flavors can fully develop. Stor it, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  3. To make the tomatoes, line a platter with paper towels and set aside.
  4. Heat a deep skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 inches of oil to pan. Heat oil to 350F. Or heat the oil in t deep fryer to 350F.
  5. Cut tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices and season with salt and pepper. Bread tomatoes, using 3-step fry prep, with flour, egg and panko. Add tomatoes to oil and fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. If you're using a deep fryer, the cooking time will be about 4 minutes total. Transfer tomatoes to paper towels and immediately sprinkle with salt, black pepper and Espelette pepper. Serve with a generous portion of raita.

Recipe courtesy of Woodfire in Atlanta, Ga.

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