andhra tomato pickle recipe | nilava tomato pachadi recipe, how to make andhra tomato pickle

andhra tomato pickle recipeandhra tomato pickle recipe or nilava tomato pachadi recipe
Traditionally this andhra tomato pickle is made with sun dried tomatoes. But for those living abroad or living in high raised building or in places where there is not enough sun, this method comes handy. This is my version of the nilava tomato pachadi, that i make at home and store for about 3 months.
This pickle tastes tangy, hot and sour with flavors of methi and garlic.The amount of red chili powder, fenugreek seeds powder to use here depends on the kind of tomatoes you use. If your tomatoes are tangy, you can just skip using tamarind and reduce the levels of red chili and fenugreek powders. The tomatoes i use are moderately sour and not very tangy, so i use extra tamarind.
tomato pickle recipe, over the years has gone through a series of modifications in the quantity of fenugreek, and garlic that is used. Earlier i would use a lot of fenugreek seeds powder in this recipe, now i have updated to a reduced quantity.
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step by step pictures on andhra tomato pickle

1.Wash tomatoes and set aside to dry.
tomatoes salt chili powder tamarind to make tomato pickle
2.Dry roast fenugreek seeds on a low flame and set aside to cool.If using mustard seeds fry them in the same pan just for a min and set aside. I don’t use.
dry roasting methi to make tomato pickle recipe
3.Soak tamarind in warm water just to immerse it. (boiled and cooled water)
soaking tamarind in boiled water for making tomato pickle
4. Add roasted fenugreek and mustard seeds to a blender and make a fine powder.
powdering fenugreek mustard for tomato pickle recipe
5.Heat a pan with oil, add tomatoes with salt and turmeric, cook on a medium flame till they turn mushy.
cooking tomatoes salt turmeric in oil to make tomato pickle
6. Mash up the soaked tamarind and filter it to the cooked tomatoes. Adjust the tamarind to suit your taste.I discard the pulp.
mashing soaked tamarind for tomato pickle tomato achar
7.Once the mix is cool fully, add chili powder, salt, fenugreek powder to this mixture and stir well, break up lumps, if any.
addition of chilli fenugreek powder for tomato pickle recipe
8.Heat a seasoning pan with 2 tbsp. oil, add mustard, allow them to splutter then add garlic and fry for a min, next add red chili and curry leaves.Fry till the curry leaves turn crisp.
9.Add this seasoning and pour rest of the oil (60 ml) to the tomato pickle and mix well.
tempering with curry leaves in oil to make tomato achar
Once completely cool store it in a clean, dry, airtight jar. Stays fresh for several months. I bottle the pickle in many small jars, so each time I open a new jar, pickle smells fresh and tastes good.
Tips on how to prepare and preserve pickles for longer time.
* Always keep your hands, ingredients and the utensils dry, free from moisture while preparing pickles.
* If using water to soak the tamarind always use only boiled and cooled/warm water.
* Always use a dry spoon to serve the pickles and store them in a dry and cool place.
storing prepared tomato pickle in a glass jar

find andhra tomato pickle recipe below

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tomato pickle recipe
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Instant tomato pickle made in south Indian style
Recipe type: Pickle
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
  • 500 Grams chopped tomatoes
  • 6 tbsp. red chili pow (adjust to suit your taste)
  • 1 tsp. turmeric pow
  • 80 Grams tamarind (adjust to suit your taste, discard the pulp)
  • ¾ to 1 tbsp. methi seeds (fenugreek)
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. oil for frying tomatoes
  • Salt as needed
  • 90 ml oil (mustard or peanut or sunflower)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • 6 cloves of garlic (sliced)
  • 1 red chilli deseeded
  • Pinch of hing
  1. Wash tomatoes under running water and leave them aside to dry.
  2. Soak tamarind in enough warm water to immerse it. (boiled & cooled water)
  3. Dry roast fenugreek seeds on a low flame till they emit a nice aroma. if using mustard add them and fry just for a minute and set aside to cool.
  4. Powder the roasted fenugreek seeds and mustard.
  5. Chop tomatoes and fry them with salt and turmeric in a non-stick on a medium flame till they turn mushy and the pulp should thicken.
  6. Squeeze the tamarind fully and filter it to remove the impurities. Add this to the cooked tomatoes. Adjust the tamarind to suit your taste.
  7. When the mix cools down completely, add chili powder, salt, fenugreek and mustard powder to this mixture and mix well.
  8. heat a pan with 2 tbsp. oil, add mustard, fry till they splutter, add garlic and fry till they turn aromatic, add red chilies and curry leaves.Fry them until they turn crisp
  9. Pour rest of the oil (60 ml) to the tomato pickle along with the seasoning and mix well.
To the seasoning, 1 tbsp. channa dal and urad dal can be added and fried till golden, it imparts a good aroma to the pickle. They soak in the pickle and eventually taste tangy. Adding them is optional. Not everyone may like this, if you wish use them.


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  1. purnima p kumar says

    the recipe for tomato pickle is very tasty and not at all time consuming .i used to make it by traditional method .thanx for sharing the recipe .

    • swasthi says

      Hi Prema,
      Iam sorry I have not tried any pickle that way yet. In future if i make i will post it on the blog

    • swasthi says

      No need to cook it, yes it becomes hard after the tempering. The fried dal lends a good flavor to the pickle. After a few days it gets soaked in the pickle and turns soft tasting tangy and hot.

  2. Vani says


    Tangy and yummy pickle..lovely space and mouth watering picks! Happy to join you on Facebook :)