Tomato Pickle

Mom is an expert when it comes to preparing pickles at home. She always had her ways to create and make things easy...normally when ever preparing tomato pickle its a task on its own chopping sun-drying and so on we absolutely need to defecate time and efforts for this pickle cutting short half the time and preparing this pickle in just fraction of time is something superb...

2 Kilo Tomatoes  
6 Tbsp Chilly Powder
1 Tbsp Turmeric Powder 
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Medium Lime Size Tamarind 
3 Tbsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 Tsp Fenugreek Seeds 
1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
2 Tbsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Citric acid (if needed)
1/4 Cup Vinegar (if needed)

Lets Prepare:
  1. Try to use super ripe tomatoes for this recipe blanch & deseed the tomato if possible how ever i was unable to either blanch or deseed. chop into small cubes.
  2. Heat a heavy bottom pot or try and use a nonstick heavy bottom pot tip in the tomato cover and allow the tomato to wilt down a bit for 10 mins try to keep stirring constantly 
  3. In a small pot add 1/2 cup of water bring to a boil and add the tamarind and cook till tamarind goes into a mush for 15 mins remove from flame and allow to cool before extracting pulp. once cooled squeeze the tamarind to extract pulp strain in a tea strainer and reserve. you can also use 2 tbsp of ready to use tamarind pulp which is available in the market.
  4. Heat a fry pan and toast the 1tbsp of mustard seeds try to toast the seeds well on low flame once the mustard seeds stops popping reserve in a plate and allow to cool in the same fry pan add the fenugreek seeds fry well and reserve in the same plate and allow to cool before preparing a powder. in a coffee blender add the toasted seeds and prepare a powder and set aside.
  5. Constantly keep stirring the tomatoes the moisture from the tomato should completely evaporate in 1 hour time now add the tamarind pulp, chilly powder & turmeric powder mix well and allow to cook till everything has gone dry in 1 1/2 hour.
  6. Heat a fry pan add oil and heat well add the 2 tbsp of mustard seeds and 1/4 tsp of asafoetida and fry well tip the hot oil mixture in the tomato mix well and fry the tomato ensure the moisture has completely evaporated from the tomato while frying. add 1tbsp mustard and fenugreek powder mix well and fry for another 10 more mins till the oil surfaces on the top switch off the stove allow the pickle to cool completely before you bottle. serve the super duper pickle with curd rice, lime rice or sambar rice...Enjoy...:) 

  • While tempering for pickle you can fry garlic and curry leafs and add to the pickle.
  • citric acid and vinegar can be used to preserve the pickle. add vinegar or citric acid once the pickle has cooled completely.
  • Try to blanch peel and deseed the tomato before you prepare this recipe.
I've also done a video demo watch and enjoy...


  1. do i have to add this much oil?

  2. Yes we have to add a bit of extra oil. what i added was a bit less i could have added a bit more oil...oil helps in preservation since we did not add any preservatives...we must store this recipe in can try this recipe with 250 grams of tomato and reduce all the dry ingredients to 1/4 tsp and do let me know how it turned out...

  3. Hi as per your instruction i did tomato pickle and it turned out good. thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe....

  4. Hi Aarthy,
    Glad you liked it..Thanks for the comment...:)

  5. wow...yummy pickle..i m drooling here.......will try this soon n let u know the result

  6. I tried this recipe and it was very tasty. Thanks for the yummy pickle..

  7. hai vidya,this is uma,i tried ur came very nice.thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

  8. Wonderful, I tried this out came out deliciously.
    Thank you.

  9. Looks's recipes are always nice and authentic.

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  11. Hi Vidya, I am your fan, have cooked some amazing recipes of yours. However with this tomato pickle I accidently added too much mustard, do you have any ideas on how I could rectify this. Thank you.

    1. reduce and add more tomato paste/puree to adjust the mustard...thanks so much for nice comments...all the best and Happy cooking..:)

  12. Accidentally I had added mustard and frengruk powder before adding oil to tomato puree. So is there any problem for taste.

  13. Can i know if this is a APPLE Tomato or the other one which is little sour?

  14.'s the best pickle done first time...yummy....thanks Vida for sharing.

  15. Hi, just seen your blog while i was surfing on web. Really amazing and you are maintaining this blog is really appreciated. if you want to know how to make chicken pickle refer my site.



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