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Monday, October 29, 2007

Tomato Aavakaya

Here is a recipe for avakaya lovers. When first I heard about this from Deepthi (who had earlier shared the recipe of Sivangi pulusu here), I thought I have found a new, neat way of using tomatoes. Though it goes along the lines of mango and dosa (cucumber) avakayas, this pickle is quite different. The pickle is fried slightly, needs to be refrigerated and lasts for a couple of weeks.
This pickle can be dubbed as the regular avakaya with a tangy label. Though, due to frying part and infusion of the flavors, tomatoes here don't over power the sense of taste.

Ingredients:
Tomatoes, chopped into tiny bits - 1 cup heaped (I used three plum tomatoes)
Chili powder - 4 tsp
Salt - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds powder - 1 tsp (or less / more as needed)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Methi (fenugreek) powder - 1/4 tsp
A little asafoetida
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Oil - 2 or 3 Tbsp

Preparation:
Wash the tomatoes with water and wipe them dry with no trace of moisture. Then chop them into tiny bits.
Heat the oil in a saute or small sauce pan. Add mustard seeds to the hot oil. When they start to pop, add asafoetida and saute for a few seconds. Then add the tomato pieces and saute for five minutes on low to medium flame.
Then add turmeric, mustard and methi powders to the tomato and fry for about 30 seconds and turn off the stove.
Transfer the mixture to a ceramic or glass bowl and add salt and chili powder to it. Stir well with a dry spoon. When the mixture cools, cover it with a lid and let it sit for atleast 10 hours for the flavors to blend.
Refrigerate it.

Other Tomato Pickles:
Tomato Ooragaya
Tomato Pachchadi

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27 comments:

Kribha said...

Looks so good and yummy. I can imagine how it would taste with rotis or dosa.Nice recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Asha said...

I agree with Kribha. Great accompanyment for dosa and idlis. Good one Suma!:))
Loads of tomato recipes today in the blogs, don't know why but good for me!:)

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Suma....I love Tomato avakaya....SO convenient right.....In off-Mango season...U can still make avakaya with tomatoes :-)) Looking rich ...Nice one dear :-)

Rina said...

Thanks for visiting suma. This is one yummy tomatoe avakaya.

Suma Gandlur said...

Kribha,
Thanks. You are right, it tastes good with rotis as well apart from rice.
The first time I had it with rotis and I liked it very much.

Asha,
Thanks. This has been in drafts from about a month. Got to post it today.:)

Sirisha,
Yes. Tomatoes are abundantly available all year unlike green pickling mango / yellow cucumbers.

sunita said...

I really love the colour of that pickle...so appetising.

Happy cook said...

Delicious . Must make recipe when tomato is in ambundence

Siri said...

Hot Rice + this tomato pachdi + Ghee.. OOOOOOOOOOOOOO what else do we dear .. will make this soon and satiate my tongue buds.. heheh..thanks dear..

Rajitha said...

yum..thnks for sharing this suma..i love hot and spicy food...

btw. about the peanut chundal...you can use the raw peanuts we get in indian stores..that is what i used...

TBC said...

I have not tried pickle-making yet but this would be a good way to start.

Lakshmi said...

wow..yummo think I have to give it a try soon. Got some rice ripe tomatoes at home. :)

Suganya said...

Ah.. no grinding... Lot less cleaning. Lovely recipe, Suma.

Cinnamon said...

Wow suma, i just loved the color of the pickle....

lakshmi said...

I worship avakkai - I cant live without avakkai in my fridge. Thanks for this idea - will make a tomato version soon.

Namratha said...

Slurp! Feel like licking off a bit right away..looks mouth watering :)

Sneha said...

wow! that looks mouthwatering! good one!

remya said...

looks delicious..hav tomatoes in fridge,will try this lovely dish...

Madhu said...

I like making new dishes with tomatoes, esp like to eat with dosas...Thanks for sharing.

Sreelu said...

Suma, I am drooling, hot rice and this pickle boy what a combo.

Vcuisine said...

A handy one for our tiffens Suma. Simple one. Viji

Nabeela said...

Love the color. I made a tomato pickle this summer too from Indira's recipe and it was delicious!

Hima said...

suma avakaya chala bagundi. Love the colour of that pickle. Thanks for sharing.

Swaroopa said...

looks awesome. gr8 color contrast.

Mansi Desai said...

Hey Suma, this looks simple and easy yet tasty! a nice way to savor the tomatoes:)

Happy Diwali to you and your family!

Seema Bhat said...

Tomato avakaya ...Oh Suma ...I can't tell you how much I love this chutney urf pickle. Thanks for the recipe. Have bookmarked it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Suma,
I tried this recipe and absolutely loved it. It is so simple and yet so tasty. Wondeful....

Raveena.

Shalu said...

hi suma.... thanks a lot .. this is what i have been searching over the net.... Shalini :-)