Tomato Pickle

Tomato Pickle

Cuisine Indian


  • 6 tomatoes medium
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil [more]
  • tamarind dry
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 2 tsp cumin [jeera]
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds [rai]
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds [methi]
  • 1/2 tsp urd dal
  • 4 red chilies
  • 3 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp red chillie powder
  • 10 curry leaves


  • Wash and wipe tomatoes. Cut it into four pieces.
  • In a kadai (wok), heat 2 tablespoon oil. Add the tomato pieces to it. When the mixtures starts wilting add a lemon-sized ball of dry tamarind. Let the mixture cook uncovered till the tomatoes loose their shape and their juice evaporates.
  • In a separate pan, dry roast 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds.
  • In a blender grind the tomato mixture, cumin, fenugreek seeds, ginger, garlic, salt and red chillie powder. For a hot pickle add 3 tablespoon (45gm) of red chilie powder. For milder taste reduce the quantity as per taste.
  • In a frying pan heat 3/4 cup oil. Put 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon urd dal, 4 red chillies and curry leaves. When the mustard seeds splutter and the urd dal changes color, add the tomato mixture. Mix it well with the oil. Turn off the heat and keep refrigerated in an air-tight container for two weeks.


  • Make sure there is no water content in the pickle. Dry the pans and blender before using.
  • Dry tomatoes thoroughly before cutting.
  • Do not cover tomatoes while cooking.
  • Use dry tamarind only. cooking.
  • Use dry tamarind only.