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Did you know that tomatoes come in hue of colours, pink, green, purple, stripy and red and there are literally thousands of varieties of tomatoes: heirloom, vine, pearl, roma, Alicante, big girl, beef… However, most of us end up consuming only one or two varieties of tomatoes. I think it’s a real shame…so I have come up with the green tomatoes salad recipes. Well, technically I didn’t come up with it, the Burmese came up with it. Or to be even more precise, I had this salad at Lahpet, a Burmese restaurant in Shoreditch, London. I loved it so much that now I have it every time I go to Lahpet (I am nothing if not a creature of habit😊).

Last week, I went to  Lahpet  again with someone very special. So I used the opportunity to ask the staff about the ingredients in the recipe for making green tomato salad. I also happened upon a bumper crop of fresh green tomatoes in my local Bangladeshi shop, so I bought about hundred kilos (!) to experiment  and try the recipe at home. And I was successful! My recipe was very close to the one I had Lahpet and it’s delicious. Do give it a try at home as it’s super easy.

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Course Appetisers, Salad
Cuisine Burmese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories/Serving 41kcal


  • 4 green tomatoes, medium size (2-3 inches in diameter) finely chopped
  • 2 shallots or a small onion
  • 1-2 tbsp oil to sauté I used olive oil but you can try other vegetables oils
  • 2 tsp soy sauce light
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds lightly toasted
  • Handful coriander leaves fresh, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium high heat.
  • Add the shallots and turn the heat to medium low. Sauté until the shallots turn darkish brown (but not burned).
  • Remove the pan from heat and let it cool.
  • Finely slice the tomatoes and arrange on a plate. Pour soy sauce, sprinkle the sesame seeds and salt. Add the sautéd shallots along and with the oil in which they were fried.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro.


Did you know that tomatoes are technically fruits rather than vegetables?
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