Green Almond Pasta

This is another recipe that I came up with green almonds. Slice the green almonds thin and add them to tomato-basil sauce and pasta. When lightly cooked, green almonds have a wonderful flavor and texture, providing quite a different experience from the raw ones. For those of you new to green almonds, this is how I’d describe Green almond’s taste profile:

Outer green skin: Bitter and sour, like how it tastes when you bite into an olive.

The middle white part: Sour and sweet, like tender green mango.

The inner undeveloped almond seed part: Sweet and jelly like, similar to toddy palm seeds (Taati munjalu).

Green Almonds

Green Almond Pasta

1 teaspoon peanut oil or ghee
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup thinly sliced green almonds (like shown in the photo above)
2 cups mixed vegetables like carrot, zucchini, peas and corn
2 cups tomato-basil sauce
salt and chilli powder – to taste
Whole wheat pasta – enough to serve for four

Bring a pot of water to boil. Add pasta and cook to al-dente. Drain and keep aside.

In a large pan, sauté the onion in oil or ghee until translucent.
Add the green almonds and vegetables. Saute until tender for 5 minutes.
Stir in tomato-basil sauce, salt and chilli powder.
Cover the pan and simmer the sauce for about 10 minutes, stirring often.
Add the cooked pasta to the simmering sauce. Toss the ingredients well. Serve hot.

© Recipe and Photos Copyright 2009 Indira Singari.

Green Almond Pasta
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20 Responses to “Green Almond Pasta”

  1. Divya Vikram says:

    Lovely fresh recipe!

  2. Kay says:

    Indira, You come up with very creative recipes… I’ll keep my eyes open for green almonds.

  3. Mona says:

    Never had green almonds, but they sound interesting by your description.

  4. sreelu says:

    wooo lovely recipe, mouth is watering at the mention of Tathi munjulu.

  5. Kalai says:

    I’ve never seen green almonds before, but this sounds awesome!

  6. Nirmala says:

    Hmm…I expected this. And one dessert with green almonds please 😉 Indira I was describing these recipes to amma and she said that there is a almond tree in the neighbourhood but she doubted if the vareity would taste as you describe. I have reserved this weekend to pick some green almonds if available and try this!

  7. Sowmya says:

    Wow thats innovative 🙂 I couldnt fine G.almonds here 🙁 But back in India we had a big tree in our neighbourhood…It was fun…

  8. Siri says:

    Interesting recipe Indira. Thanks for sharing,


  9. Pritya says:

    Indira, you always come up with such amazing ingredients and recipes. Looks wow! Cheers.

  10. Kalyani says:

    lovely & an interesting recipe indira ……

  11. Chilli says:

    Wonderfully novel recipe!! This is the first I’m hearing of green almonds and am completely intrigued. Can’t wait to try them!

  12. Thanks for describing the taste of green almonds.Can I expect a summer drink next?

  13. Uma says:

    Never heard of Green Almond, can’t wait to find them in my local store.

  14. arundati says:

    always game for another pasta recipe. looks great.

  15. Parita says:

    Wow very interesting dish..looks delicious

  16. Nirmala says:

    Indira, just to ask you about conducting one more event lik Mango Manthram. Its long since you conducted any events. Will u be able to spare some time?

    Nirmala, I would love to host an event, but events are (time) luxuries and I can’t afford a luxury right now. Definitely in the future, may be for Dasera-Deepavali festival season.
    Thanks for your interest.
    – Indira

  17. vinod says:

    Interesting recipe Indira. Thanks . Also check a new website

  18. manila says:

    Looks delicious.

  19. Eva says:

    Hi Indira,
    your recipe sounds lovely, I’ll try it in the next few days! A friend of mine brought me a handfull of green almonds today – I’ve never seen them before. I think they’re totally unommen in Germany, now I’m excited to taste them

  20. Hema says:

    My Persian friends introduced green almonds to me and I love it. I soak it in salt water and then discard the water. Tastes like raw mango. Would you know if we can make Indian style pickles with this? Any such recipes? Love your blog, by the way.

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