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Cuisine Style:Tamil Nadu, South India | Preparation&Cooking Time: 20 minutes | To Serve: 4 | Type : Pickle,oorugai, pachadi, thokku | Take with : Rice, idli, dosa, pongal,chapati


  • Tomato – 5 [chopped]
  • Garlic – 4 cloves [chopped or mashed]
  • Red chilli powder – 3 tbsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 spring[optional]
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tbsp
  • Jaggery – 2 tbsp [grated]
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Tamarind paste – ½ tbsp or tamarind water – 2 tbsp
  • Asafetida – a pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Sesame oil – 5 tbsp

For roasting & grinding

  • Mustard seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Fenugreek – 1 tbsp
  • Dry roast above ingredients & finely grind without water


  • Heat sesame oil in a pan add mustard seeds & let it splutter. Then add garlic sauté till light brown.
  • Add curry leaves & asafetida sauté.
  • Add ground mustard & fenugreek powder sauté on low flame.
  • Add tomato, turmeric & red chilli powder sauté till soft[Apr 15 min].
  • Add tamarind paste & salt mix well & cook for another 5 min.
  • Finally add jaggery mix well & cook for 5 min.
  • Once it’s ready, cut off heat & let it cool & store in an airtight container use within 3 days
  • Serve hot with rice, idli or dosa

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Take 10 tomatoesTake 10 tomatoes

Fenugreek,salt,hing,garlic, mustard,red chilli powder,jaggery, & tamarindFenugreek,salt,hing,garlic, mustard,red chilli powder,jaggery, & tamarind

Turmeric powderTurmeric powder

Sesame oil[nallennai or til oil]Sesame oil[nallennai or til oil]

Dry roast fenugreek seedsDry roast fenugreek seeds

Dry roast Mustard seedsDry roast Mustard seeds

Let it cool & grindLet it cool & grind

Heat pan, add sesame oilHeat pan, add sesame oil

Add garlicAdd garlic

Saute wellSaute well

Add tomatoAdd tomato

Saute wellSaute well

Add red chilli & turmeric powderAdd red chilli & turmeric powder

Add saltAdd salt

Add tamrind extract, let it cook till it thickensAdd tamrind extract, let it cook till it thickens

Heat sesame oil in a panHeat sesame oil in a pan

Add mustard seedsAdd mustard seeds

Add asafoetidaAdd asafoetida

Add freshly ground fenugreek, mustard powderAdd freshly ground fenugreek, mustard powder

Add seasoned ingredientsAdd seasoned ingredients

Add jaggery cook till oil separatesAdd jaggery cook for 5 min

Finally add 1 ladle sesame oilFinally add 1 ladle sesame oil

Now its ready, cut off heatNow its ready, cut off heat

Tomato pickle ready, serve with curd rice, chapathi, idli, dosa,uthapam or rice Tomato pickle

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