Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tomato pickle

I've been waiting to restart my blog in the New Year with something sweet, and I know if I keep waiting for that to happen, we may just cross a few months or so. I have been posting at this blog in fits and starts, and somehow not able to maintain the flow.
Here's my aunt's recipe for an amazing tomato pickle. I can't really categorize it as a South Indian tokku or as a North Indian achaar. I got this recipe from my aunt. Last time she visited, she brought me a big bottle of this pickle and we had it with parathas, dal-chawal, bread, anything that needed a little zing.



Its tangy, sweet and spicy,and goes well with anything.
With the abundance of tomatoes in the market and this being the perfect weather for it, I finally got down to making this pickle.
Give it a try, its simple to make and tastes yum !
Here's hoping your year ahead is filled with its sweet, tangy and spicy moments.

Tomato pickle / Tomato relish

What you need -

1 kg tomatoes
25gm / 8 cloves garlic
25gm / 2" piece ginger
4-6 green chillies
10-12 curry leaves
3 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp fenugreek / methi seeds
3/4 cup oil
1/2 cup plus 1 tsp vinegar
1.5 tsp salt
3-4 tbsp sugar
3 tsp red chilli powder

What you do with it -

Wash, wipe and chop the tomatoes into small pieces
Finely chop the ginger, garlic and green chillies
Wash, wipe and chop the curry leaves
Roast the fenugreek seeds and powder it along with the mustard seeds
Grind half the quantity of ginger, garlic and green chillies and keep aside
In a large pan, add 3/4th of the oil and add the fenugreek-mustard powder
Add the ground garlic-ginger-chilli paste and the chopped ginger-garlic-chillies
If you feel the oil is less, add more as required.
Add the chopped curry leaves, tomatoes and vinegar and allow it to cook on a low flame
Once the oil starts separating, add the salt, sugar and red chilli powder
When the oil thickens (takes about 10-12 mins), turn off the heat
Allow it to cool completely and store in a clean glass bottle

7 comments:

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks yum! And a happy new year...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Colorful and delicious looking tomato pickle. Excellent preparation.
Deepa

Rajani said...

Happy New Year. Happy to see your recipes up again. The pickle sounds so drool worthy; just a doubt - 1 cup vinegar per kg of tomatoes sounds a little on the higher side to me. Does the tartness get balanced with the other flavours?
Tomato pickle is a favourite of mine and can't wait to try out his one, can you help me with my Q, thanks again.
Love,
Rajani.

Archana Kumar said...

Thanks rajani, this is not a US standard cup for oil or vinegar. I used a regular steel bowl which would be little more than 1/2 cup of a US standard measure...will update the post

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Hima bindu said...

Delicious tomato pickle.. nice color :)

Tejal said...

My most favourite thing to eat...I love this pickle..will try soon...
Tejal

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