Friday, July 13, 2007

MBP: Preserve It!!! Tomato pickle

by Priyanka posted at 2:20 PM 4 comments

Tomatoes in a pickle??? Yes, this South Indian hot fiery pickle is my way of preserving tomatoes and my contribution to this month's Monthly Blog Patrolling (MBP) event: Preserve It hosted by Coffee of the Spice Cafe.

While browsing through Nupur's Q for Quick Carrot Pickle, i came across this recipe by Saffron of Saffron Hut. It sounded interesting, since i had never heard of or tasted tomato pickle before. But what really compelled me to give it a try was the vibrant red color of the pickle. The best thing about it is that it neednt be cooked in the sun and lasts for a year in the refrigerator according to Saffron. Its ready to be relished as soon as you are done preparing it. The con: you need oil to preserve it. Here's the recipe:

2 lbs tomatoes
8 green chilies
3 cloves garlic (optional)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp red chili powder (adjust according to your taste)
salt to taste
1/4th cup oil

For tempering
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp asafoetida
5-6 curry leaves

1. Wash and deseed the tomatoes (to remove extra water). Process them in a blender with the green chilies and garlic.

2. Heat about 3-4 tsp of oil in a cooking pan and add the mustard seeds to it. When they crackle, add the asafoetida, curry leaves and the tomato puree. Add salt and turmeric and on a LOW FLAME, keep cooking till the mixture releases oil and turns into the consistency of a jam.

3. Remove from the stove, allow to cool a little and mix in the chili powder. Transfer it to a sterilised jar. Heat the remaining oil and pour it over the pickle to preserve it for a longer time.

Comments 4 comments
Coffee said...

AHH!!!!! This is my kinda Pickle!! Thanks for the lovely entry Priyanka. :D

archana said...

Pickle cha rang chaan ahey, and recipe pun simple watli unlike Ruchira recipe. Nice entry :)

Priyanka said...

Thanks Coffee- although the credit goes to Saffron.

Archana- thts wat got me to make the pickle in the first place- Oh wow you have Ruchira- when i go back to India this time- i m getting tht book.

Anonymous said...

Hi Priyanka, I am about to try cooking your Tomato Pickle Will let you know how successful I am. Thanks, Val P

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