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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tomato Pickle-Sun Dried Tomato Pickle

Now that summer has started, I am on a vathal, pickle making spree. This sun-dried tomato pickle tastes great and will leave your taste buds asking for more. It can be used as a spread for bread, side dish for chapati, paratha, dosa, idly, adai, upma, curd rice, all stuffed parathas and can also be used as a dip. It can be had, mixed with plain hot rice topped with a tsp of ghee or sesame seed oil. All you need is papads or chips to go along with it. It stays fresh for a month in the refrigerator if handled properly. This versatile tomato pickle comes handy when we are pressed for time. Use ripe and fresh Bangalore tomatoes for making this pickle.It is advisable to use fresh ingredients for making pickles as it not only tastes good but also stays fresh for a longer period. Today let us learn how to make Sun Dried Tomato Pickle following this easy recipe.

Tomato Pickle
How to make Tomato Pickle

Tomato Pickle

Tomato Pickle

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins
 Yields1 Cup
 Recipe CategoryPickle
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Tomatoes - 1/2 kg /500 grams
   Crystal salt - 15 grams
   Turmeric Powder - a pinch
   Chilli Powder - 4-4 1/2 tsp
   Fenugreek Powder -1/2 tsp
   Tamarind - 15 grams
   Crushed garlic -1-2 cloves (optional)

  For the seasoning

   Mustard -1 tsp
   Hing/Asafoetida -1/2 tsp
   Sesame seed oil -1/3 cup


Fenugreek Powder - Dry roast fenugreek seeds in a pan and powder it. Keep it aside.

Wash and wipe tomatoes dry.

Cut it into 8 pieces, add turmeric powder, salt, tamarind and leave it overnight.

Next day

Take the tomato pieces separately with a slotted ladle and dry the tomato pieces and the tamarind separately in the sun for 6-7 hours.

After that, grind the sun dried tomatoes and the tamarind together in a blender without adding water. Keep it aside.


Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds, asafoetida, crushed garlic (if you are adding), when mustard splutters, add the ground sun dried tomatoes + tamarind paste.

Saute for a few seconds, add chilli powder and fry on medium flame until oil separates.

Add fenugreek powder, mix well and switch off the flame.

After it cools, store it in a sterilized glass bottle and refrigerate it.

Sun dried tomato pickle

Points to be noted

I strongly advise you to use sesame seed oil/gingelly oil for all pickles in general.

Adjust salt and chilli powder to suit your taste. Use of crystal salt is advisable.

In case the weather turns you down and you could not dry the tomatoes well in the sun, then don't worry- follow the rest of the procedure without drying the tomatoes, the pickle will taste good but will not be as tasty and delicious as the sun dried tomato pickle.

More Tomato Recipes from Padhuskitchen

Tomato Soup

Easy Tomato Rice

Tomato Dosa

Onion Tomato Chutney

How to blanch tomatoes

Tomato pulao 

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  1. o my i loved the crabs u made from tomatoes -- they look so sweet n nice recipe !

  2. Slurp,mouthwatering pickle,those tomato crabs looks soo sweet..

  3. slurrp..mouthwatering pickle...

  4. mouth watering pickle..looks so tempting n yummy...

  5. yummy and drooling pickle ..
    Nice presentation :)

  6. Yummy pickle looks tempting.Crab carving is so nice.

  7. Yummy pickle and cute little crabies.

  8. superb pickle..!!..looks delicious and an interesting recipe too !!

  9. pickle looks so tempting. love it with curd rice, roti...

  10. Sun dried tomato pickle looks dleicious. cute tomato crabs.

  11. Loved the crabs that u made out of tomato !!! very pretty !! pickle looks very inviting and delicious !!

  12. very yummy and delicious .... pickle ...i also make it the same way.....i add mustard powder ... and fenugreek powder ...lovely prsentation ... the crabs are very cute

  13. tangy pickle..Love your crab presntation

  14. Wow this type of tomato picke is new to me

  15. wow.......Tempting Pickle...Should try out soon


  16. V tangy and nice pickle, loved those tomato crabs u have done it so beautifully!

  17. Wow mouthwatering pickle. It looks like the crabs are ready to attack and eat the pickle..:)

  18. Mouthwatering pickle!! I have an award waiting for u in my blog..Do collect it ;)
    Prathima rao
    Prats Corner

  19. Very yummy pickle and the carving looks so cute.

  20. oh..my!!!I can see myself munching my dosa with this delicious tomato pickle.. I like those two cute crabs :)

  21. bet the cute crabs can't wait sample the pickle just like me :))

  22. Cute presentation, Padhu..Love this chutney with idli/dosa..

  23. Mouthwatering pickle! Beautiful crabs:)

  24. Hi Padma, thanks for the receipe. I tried this. However, my tomatoes and tamrind is too dry.. When i grind its a powder consistence not a paste

    1. How is that possible? The tomatoes will have water content and it will ooze out more water after adding salt. Probably you have dried it too much. Next time, try to reduce your drying time and buy juicy ripe tomatoes.

  25. Hi padhu..I tried this recipe with a small variation.. I had I added roasted soaf to it..its taste good..but the paste color is little blackish..how did u got the red color as in the picture.also my paste is too tight

    1. You might have used old tamarind.

    2. Which tamarind to use? The sweet one or the sour one? I used the sour one..freshly bought from the market..I made the paste along with entire dried tamarind, removing the seeds of tamarind


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