Tomato pickle / Thakkali oorukai

As long as you have something you never realize the value of it. Once it is no more , you want it more and more. You heart yearns for it, starves for it …This is true not only for the worldly possesions, but also for silliest things like the pickle your mom made for you. Yes, my mom’s pickle which I brought from India got over. Don’t ask me how. Though I had the recipe scribbled in some notebook, I never thought of it so long. Now, once the pickle jar is empty, I searched for the book all over the house atleast to blog the recipe and refer back in leisure to make some by myself. What a selfish motive for blogging?Thats ok. I know the recipe I gonna blog here is worth  sharing with my friends though it is on selfish motive. Here is  my treasured recipe. …

Tomato pickle

 Rice mixed with tomato pickle.

Ingredients

Tomato- 1 kilogram

Tamarind- 50 gram

Dry red chilli- 50 gram

Salt- 2 tsp

For tempering

Oil- 100 grams

Garlic- 100 gram

Mustard seeds- 1/2 tbsp

For grinding

Mustard seeds, cumin seeds,fenugreek seeds -each  1 tsp

Method

 Day1

Chop the tomato into big cubes.

Add salt, tamarind, dry chilli and let it stand in the bowl for 1 day (in shade).

Day 2-3 

Spoon out the tomatoes alone in a wide plate and dry them in sun  for 2 days. Let the other  ingredients be in the bowl.

Day 4

Grind the tomatoes and the rest of the mixed ingredients (salt ,tamarind, chilli) in a blender or grinder. My mom used a grinder.

Heat the oil in skillet and  temper mustard seeds in it.

Add garlic and saute well.

Add the ground tomato mix and  turn off the heat.

Dry roast mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds and  powder them separately.

Add this to the pickle when it is completely cool.

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Preserve the pickle in a dry bottle and place it in a cool dry place.  Serve with idly, rice, dosa or simply eat in a spoon whenever  you feel like. Now you know the reason why the pickle got over so soon…!

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19 thoughts on “Tomato pickle / Thakkali oorukai”

  1. Asha says:

    Tomato chutney/pickle is yummy.Love it,I always keep some in the fridge for “emergencies”!:D

  2. Asha says:

    Tomato chutney/pickle is yummy.Love it,I always keep some in the fridge for “emergencies”!:D

  3. Suganya says:

    What a coincidence. Even my tomato pickle is almost over and this is the way my mom prepares hers too. But can you give the measurements in terms of cups?

  4. Suganya says:

    What a coincidence. Even my tomato pickle is almost over and this is the way my mom prepares hers too. But can you give the measurements in terms of cups?

  5. mandira says:

    that’s a great recipe, I’ve never made tomator pickle at home.. now maybe I will. lovely color!

  6. Nupur says:

    That looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing a precious recipe. I am going to look out for fresh tomatoes to try this.

  7. Very good and detail explanation of tomato pickle. I have never made at home. I generally go for instant pickels. I will try this out some time as Now I have recipe in hand:-) Thanks for sharing

  8. Viji says:

    Nice Lakshmi. could feel the taste once i finish reading :) Viji

  9. Bharathy says:

    lakshmi,
    How did I ever miss your place so long??Wonderful blog..!!!(came thru sukanya’s):)
    You have a new reader now!:)..

  10. usha says:

    Hi!
    That’s a lovely pickle to have with curd rice…

  11. TBC says:

    Beautiful presentation!

  12. shashi says:

    Thats a wonderful recipe but can this pickle be preserved for months or year?

  13. shashi says:

    Thats a wonderful recipe but can this pickle be preserved for months or year?

  14. bhawna says:

    Thanks a ton !!!
    Will try this and let you know. However, must say, it is already sounding good…. I am basically a North Indian and am wondering what a great treasure India has in terms of varied ways of preparing food…I have just started trying out various veggies available in south india like chow chow, disco pumpkins…etc. Was looking for chow chow receipe…….
    Thanks again
    bhawna

  15. bhawna says:

    Thanks a ton !!!
    Will try this and let you know. However, must say, it is already sounding good…. I am basically a North Indian and am wondering what a great treasure India has in terms of varied ways of preparing food…I have just started trying out various veggies available in south india like chow chow, disco pumpkins…etc. Was looking for chow chow receipe…….
    Thanks again
    bhawna

  16. Dhivyaa says:

    Hi…
    Few doubts while following your recipe….Do you add the tamarind as it is or you use tamarind extract…and you chop the garlic or add it as whole…..will let you know once i complete this…i’m half way thru…Thanks for the recipe

    1. priyakrishnan.s says:

      Few doubts while following your recipe….Do you add the tamarind as it is or you use tamarind extract…and you chop the garlic or add it as whole…..will let you know once i complete this…i’m half way thru…Thanks for the recipe same doubt like dhivyaa.but finger licking recipe i love tomato pickle

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