Friday, December 4, 2009

Tomato Ooragaya/Tomato Nilava pacchadi/Tomato Pickle

My ammamma makes the best ooragayalu and with any vegetable. Every year she sends me avakaya (Mango), allam pacchadi(ginger pickle), tomato pickle and we enjoy them year long. She makes tomato ooragaya many ways. This is one on them.

6 medium ripe tomatoes
1&1/2 tsp avapindi/mustard pwd(dry roasted and powdered)
1/2 tsp menthi podi/Methi pwd( dry roasted and powdered)
1/2 cup pacchadi karam/pickle chilli pwd (I get pickle chilli pwd from India. u can use normal red chilli pwd ,reduce if u donot want it very spicy)
1/2 tsp turmeric pwd
1&1/2 tsp sugar
Salt to taste
Tamarind -big lemon sized
1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp avalu/mustard seeds
1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
8-10 menthulu/methi seeds
4 cloves of garlic(crushed)(optional)
4-6 red chillies torn(optional)
1/2 tbsp minapappu/urad dal
1tbsp pacchi senagapappu/chana dal
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Method :

Wash the tomatoes and cut them. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed, deep kadai and add the chopped tomatoes and cook on medium heat for 5 -10 mins, stirring occasionally.

 Add the tamarind (u can also soak the tamarind in very little water and extract thick pulp and add this instead )and tumeric pwd and cook on medium heat stirring occasionally for another 15 mins.

Reduce heat and cook till the oil separates from the tomato mixture, stirring once in a while(take care not to burn). Add the salt, pickle chilli pwd, mustard pwd, methi pwd , sugar and mix well and cook stirring for 5 more minutes. Keep aside.

Heat the oil for talimpu/tadka and when hot, add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds , methi seeds and when they splutter, add the chanadal, urad dal and saute for a minute. Add the garlic, dried red chillies, curry leaves and saute for 2 mins. Switch off and add this to the tomato mixture. Mix well. Cool completely and transfer into a clean and dry jar/ bottle/jaadi. Enjoy!!!

Note: Reduce the amount of oil if you want. Taste and make sure that there is enough salt (if there is less salt, the pickle will be spoiled.).Donot add all the salt at once. Add some mix and taste and if not enough add some more.ALWAYS USE A DRY SPOON WHEN HANDLING THE PICKLE. IF U DON'T, THE PICKLE WILL SPOIL.


KavyaNaimish said...

aha pickle luks spicy....will try this soon.I love home made pickles.

Bhagi said...

Thanks Kavya.Do try it.

Ramani Duvvuri said...

Thank you so much for the recipe!!! I came out awesome.


Bhagi said...

Thank you .....'m glad u liked it....

Trans Persona said...

Hi, Thanx for the long does this stay good?

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