August 14, 2011

Tomato Pickle with lotsa love by Amma !!!

Getting back to work after a long break is something which is very difficult to accept.The luxury of getting up late, having short naps in the afternoon all of it is gone.Jake being a well behaved cutie, I have been able to manage the first week at work. Having my mom with me has been a real boon. She helps with all the stuff and the transition is so far smooth.After she gets back to India, God only knows. Wish I had four hands !!!

First 2 months she was here, it was so hectic we could never think about food. Now that everything is settling down she prepared one of her signature recipe "Tomato pickle". I have never tasted something like this anywhere. It is totally unique.My little sis asked my mom to prepare this for her, when she left for the US. But as my mom did not have time she was not able to prepare it.So this post is dedicated to her as she is having a tough time in India managing for food. This pickle can be used as a sidedish for dosa, idli, chappati or even even mix it with rice and eat. Try this allpurpose pickle. You are going to love this !!!

Preparation Time : 20 min

Cooking Time - 60 min

Yields - 1 Medium size bottle of pickle.


Ripe red tomatoes - 2 lb
Garlic - 3 bulbs
Ginger - 100 gms
Tamarind - lemon size
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Red Chilly Powder - 3 tbsp
Salt - as needed
Seasame Oil - 5 - 6 tbsp

  • Wash, pat dry and grind the tomato into a smooth paste.
  • Dry roast the fenugreek seeds in medium flame for about 2 min and allow it to cool. Grind it into a fine powder.
  • Prepare ginger garlic paste with the cloves out of 2 garlic bulbs and the ginger.
  • Crush the cloves out of the 3rd garlic bulb and keep aside.
  • Soak the tamarind in hot water and take the juice out of it.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed kadai, add the mustard and allow it to crackle.
  • Add the crushed garlic in medium flame and saute until it turns golden brown.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and saute until raw smell goes off.
  • Add the tomato paste and mix well.
  • Carefully cook in high flame until all the water evapoartes and the mixture turns thick.
  • When the mixture turns thick and red, reduce flame add the chilly powder, tamarind juice and asafoetida powder.
  • Once the oil separates add the fenugreek powder and salt and cook for additional 10 mins.
  • When pickle is stored in a airtight container in the fridge it stays super good for about a month.
  • If ineterested you can add a small piece of jaggery while adding the fenugreek powder. 
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what a colur of the pickle. tempting me to taste this and wonderful combo of ingredients

Delicious tomato pickle..Love that color..

MOm's dishes always rocks na, pickle looks super spicy, just drooling over here..Enjoy dear..

tempting pickle...looks very delicious n want to taste it

i have long searching for a tomato pickle recipe.....nice recipe here without much preservatives.....gonna try it soon..

Mouthwatering..looks so delicious and tempting

Yum, I am literally drooling after seeing the pic and reading the description. Glad you are settling into work, home, kid and all the other routine :)

Me too drooling,recipe sounds great!

Looks very tempting and yummy, perfect with curd rice

Loved the 1st pic..m drooling literally!

Awesome recipe Shabitha's mom !!! bookmarking it ;)..
nice clicks shabitha :)

I'm sure just the thought of 'pickle' makes most of go slurrrp... and a pickle that is quick and tasty too. After all these days we neither have the time nor enough sunshine in our homes to make the regular pickle. Nice.


I love tomato pickle. Just waiting for the tomatoes to ripen. Love the pictures. Happy to have stumbled upon your blog. Following you.

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loved it dear....yummmmy version..:)
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I love thick tangy relishes. And this looks like a keeper-- yummy!

oh i know mom's food are the best and do make best use of ur mum when she is here! looks heavenly!!

What a lovely color.

This pickle is almost like the ones Andhra people make, but I liked the addition of ginger garlic paste,and garlic. that does gives a flavour, many people like.

Very good thokku, for adding zest to lunch / dinner.


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I am making your mum's pickle today - it looks full of lovely flavours

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