Monday, May 3, 2010

Tomato Chutney/Pickle

This is a season of pickles back in India. Varieties of yummy pickles :)

Today I am using a star ingredient Tomato, which we most commonly use as a veggie, but is actually a fruit. Though it is widely used in pretty much every cuisine, it is native to South America and was not available in the rest of the countries till like 400-500 years ago. Isn't it amazing that most of our recipes these day (in every part of the world) are not complete without this fruit? Do you know that India is the 4th top producers of this yummy fruit.

Anyways, surprising facts. Today, I am going to share Tomato Pickle/Chutney recipe taught by me by my mom. It is a chutney of tomato but is also a pickle as we can store it for many many months and simple enjoy like any other pickle. I simply love it and it is so versatile that it can be eaten with roti/rice/dosa/idli or even as a sandwich spreadh or I love to make bread toast and just spread it :)

Usually, at home, when we make it, it is made in bulk, meaning about 10-20 kgs at one time. As with the below quantity, I only got like 2 cups final product, so may be hardly 2 months worth :)

Tomato Chutney/Pickle

Tomatoes - 8 big ones (about 9-10 cups)
Red Chilli Powder - 2 tsps
Fenugreek Powder - 2 tsps (better make them fresh at home)
Turmeric Powder - 2 tsps
Mustard Seeds - 2 tsps
Salt - as per taste
Oil - 3 tbsps

  • Wash and wipe tomatoes well (no water should be left on tomatoes as we are making pickles).
  • Cut tomatoes in small chunks.
  • Take 2 tbsps oil in a heavy bottomed vessel and add mustard seeds to splutter.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, salt and turmeric. 
  • Mix well, cover and simmer (literally on your low settings of stove) for 4-5 hours.
  • Keep stirring every 15-20 min.
  • At the end of the process, you should be left with about 2-3 cups of tomato pulp.
  • Take it off gas
  • Now, take a small pan for preparing the tempering.
  • Add the rest 1 tbsp oil, once it is hot, add red chilli and fenugreek powder. 
  • Once it starts smoking, mix it in the tomato pulp well.
  • Now, remove the tomato pickle in a glass jar (glass is always better for pickles).

As mentioned above, this can be served practically with anything you are eating. My personal favorite is eating it with hot steamed rice :)

There is an alternate way of making this, is to cook partially on stove and then after about 2 hours of cooking on gas stove, sun-drying it for next 2-3 days. Both have slightly different taste. Feel free to try it out.

That's all for now. Take care till next post.


Sailaja said...

Hey Priya, Mouthwatering pickle. I do this pickle in 2 ways one drying tomatoes for 2 to 3 days in Sun, other one is similar to your recipe.
Nice pics too

Aruna Manikandan said...

Tomato pickle looks very tempting dear!!!
Nice clicks :-)

Priya Suresh said...

Thats a mouthwatering pickle, i can have daily with curd rice...yumm!

Niloufer Riyaz said...

thats a perfect homemade pjckle

Priya dharshini said...

hi priya
The pickle got awesome color ,luks delicious....And ur sidebar event list is very updated and useful..

Sushma Mallya said...

Pics are too good, such a tempting pickle, would love to have this one...

Kanchan said...

Liked your version of pickle, I normally prepare with Aloo or Methi Paratha, it tastes awesome !

turmericnspice said...

Priya, this looks yum!! love the color!

Kiran said...

TOmato pickle is an all time favorite.Pickle looks very delicious.I too make the dried version and the one you presented.Love it with hot rice.

Soma Pradhan said...

Hey this is a mouth watering pickle dear...simply superb

Nithu Bala said...

lovely pickle..loved the color..

Deepthi Shankar said...

yummy tomato pickle

Nisha said...

Mouthwatering :)

Unknown said...

tomato chutney wow i had many times still it is in my home great to know about hw to make great post

Namitha said...

Delicious pickle..looks great

FewMinute Wonders said...

When I saw you photos my mouth started to water. I love tomato pickle.Thanks for sharing your mom's recipe. So perfect with the mother's day around the corner.

Unknown said...

Thank you for wonderful comments all my friends. I love you all :)

Panchpakwan said...

Ohhh wow Priya, Lovely pickles..
I can have it with hot rice and gheeeee..:)

Unknown said...

I am a big big fan of pickles..Love your tomato pickle esp that color..

Unknown said...

very similar to thokku..just love it..

Cooking Foodie said...

My husband loves tomato chutney - i m sure this one will be a keeper too... will be making it soon

Spice said...

looks mouth watering....bookmarking it....quick ques. what kinda tomatoes r u using here....thanks

Dr. Ajay Patel said...

4 to 5 hrs is 2 much


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