Thursday, October 15, 2009

Simple Tomato Pickle

I am happy today as i received a comment from Jane and this is the first comment i received from an outsider apart from family members. I started this blog on the 1st of October and kept wondering if someone even read my blog. Jane's comment is a great encouragement.

My grandmother was fondly known as Origa Patima (Pickle grandmom) for her famous pickle. We grew up with her pickle's, She makes the best brinjal pickle in the world. I remember finishing off an entire bottle of pickle with loaf of bread :) Our kitchen used to be filled with bottles of various mouth watering pickles. Give her any vegetable and she could make a pickle out of it. Although she is no more today the taste of pickles and the recipes she has left behind, keeps her alive in our homes n hearts.

This is a simple pickle for all the newbie's in the kitchen. Try it, Trust me there is no greater pleasure than eating a home made pickle with curd rice. Go ahead and surprise your loved ones with this simple recipe.

Tomato - 5
Tamaring paste / Vinegar - 2tsp
Mustard - 1tsp
Methi - 1/2tsp
Chilli Powder-1tsp
Turmeric-1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/4tsp
Salt - 50gms

Cooking Method
Wash and wipe tomato. Chop it into small pieces.
Roast mustard,methi and sesame on low heat, once roasted add chilli powder and turmeric and switch off the stove. Once this is cooled, Grind it into a smooth powder.
In a kadai, add tomatoes, salt and cook on low flame till tomato is soft and nicely mashed. (Increase salt to increase the shelf life of the pickle as salt acts as a presevative.
Add vinegar and the spice powder, Cook for 2-3 minutes.
Cool and fill it in a clean and dry container.
Store in the fridge.

Cooking time 30 minutes.

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