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Friday, April 15, 2011


This is a very traditional, instant and tasty pickle which goes well when mixed with hot rice, ghee & papad, rava dosa, adai and curd rice. As the tomatillos are sour, this pickle consumes a little more salt than usual. The green chillies also will not be hot as the sourness infuses in it.


Raw tomato - 10 medium sized
Fenugreek powder - 1/4 tsp.
Salt - as per taste (3/4 tsp. approx)
Green chillies - 3 long variety

Oil - 1 ladle
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp.
Urad dhal - 1 tsp.


Select firm raw green tomatoes. Wash well and cut into medium sized pieces. Chop the green chillies finely.

Dry roast 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds till golden brown and grind it to a fine powder. Keep aside. This pickle needs only 1/4 tsp. of the powder. However, this powder can be used for other instant pickles.

Heat oil in a kadai and temper with the given ingredients. When golden brown, add the chopped green chillies, give a saute and add the tomato pieces. Add salt. Sprinkle some water and cook it covered. Saute it frequently, and when half done slightly mash it with the back of the ladle.

When the oil leaves the sides, add the roasted fenugreek powder and saute for a minute.

Transfer it to a sterile bottle when cool.

SHELF LIFE OF THIS PICKLE: 3 days if kept in the fridge. 1 day if kept outside the fridge.

NOTE: The pickle can also be mashed well with a potato masher.


  1. I have known people making this pickle with ripe tomatoes.This nis a variant and seems equally delicious.But the life of other pickle is longer.

  2. green tomato pickle.. very new to me..nice'y

  3. wow looks and sounds yummy and gud

  4. varushangallachchu thakkalikkai paarththu. I loved it with rawa dosa too. The picture of the raw tomato in the koodai is very beautiful. Thakkalikkai kootu also will be very tasty.

  5. New kind of pickle for me. Sounds nice

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. What an eyecatching clicks ,interesting urrugai too

  7. Wow I love tomatillo very very much.. Pickle looks so so delicious and mouthwatering.

  8. Oorugai is looking so yum...I make tomato pickle with red tomatoes but this sounds so good. The picture of tomato is eye catching.

  9. My neighbor at Palakkad used to make a chutney using this. Your pickle sounds interesting. Tempting pics.

  10. The pickle look so delicious.

  11. Sounds superb as I guess green tomatoes already have that sourness :)

  12. Slurp,fingerlicking pickle,have nt prepared with tomatillos..cant wait to try..

  13. New to me... looks interesting... Never saw any preparation with green tomatoes..

  14. lovely looking green pickle, never made it with green pickles

  15. வாவ்...ரொம்ப நல்லா இருக்கின்றது...போன வருடம் செடியில் நிறைய தக்காளி காய் இருந்தது...சீக்கிரமாக fall வந்துவிட்டதால் பழுக்காமலே பறித்துவிட்டேன்...என்ன செய்வது என்றே தெரியாமல் சில சமையலில் சேர்த்து இருந்தேன்..

    கண்டிப்பாக் இந்த முறை செய்து பார்க்கிறேன்...

  16. wow..superb pickle....and the pics are awesome..yum yum

  17. Wow..never would have thought abt Tomatillo pickle. Always see them at the produce market. Now will buy them and try making this pickle. I'm sure it tastes awesome.

  18. Hi Shanthi...Loved this green tomato pickle .

    Can you enlighten me about a thattai ? I had one from ananda dayar bhavan ,Chennai and liked it . Posted about it here ...http://banaraskakhana.blogspot.com/2011/04/mystery-snack-i-loved-from-chennai-into.html

    Have you posted a recipe of this?

  19. I follow one of your traditional food blog . One of my readers suggested you blog fr the thattai recipe :)
    Thank you.

  20. wow,Nice !! Should try it sometime.


  21. This is seriously a unique one.Have to try this also.

  22. Tomatoes are rich in Vitamins C, A & K. I love Andhra style pickles. The making process has shown here looks delicious. Thank you for sharing a homemade Tomato / Thakkali pickle recipe, will try this weekend.

  23. Your making process has shown here looks delicious. Thank you for sharing a homemade Tomato pickle.
    cut Mango Pickle
    Garlic Pickle
    Mango Pickle
    kalakai | Karonda Pickle

  24. Thank you for sharing this raw tomato pickle recipe. it's so delicious and tomatos tate magically transforms into something heavenly


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