Tomato Pickle

Few months back I went to one of my friends house where her mom had made andhra tomato pickle. I immediately fell in love with it. I tried to recreate the recipe (GOD BLESS INTERNET) and been obsessed with it ever since. This has actually topped mangai thokku

in my pickle list. This pickle is so spicy, tangy and yummy. Cannot stop making and eating. If you are a tomato lover you can thank me later.

This is little time consuming if you want to make it from scratch, but totally worth it. This is so versatile too

  • A tbsp in rice - tomato rice
  • A tbsp pickle+ dal + water+ 5 mins microwave - Emergency rasam
  • Perfect accomplishment for Dosa / Idli / poha 


  • Chopped Tomatoes - 1 kg
  • Thick Tamarind pulp - 1/3 cup
  • Garlic - 5 pods (Optional)
  • Curry leaves - 1/2 cup loosely packed
  • Mustard seeds - 2 tsp + 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek powder - 2 tsp
  • Gingelly oil - 1/2 cup + as needed
  • Hing / Asafoetida - 2 tsp 
  • salt - to taste
  • red chilli powder - 5 tsp ( or to taste)


Heat a tawa on medium high heat and dry roast 2 tsp mustard seeds, grind using mortar and pestle and keep it aside

In the same tawa without switching off the flame add oil and add mustard seeds, Hing, curry leaves and garlic pods. To that add chopped tomatoes, tamarind paste and salt. Keep stirring occasionally until all moisture evaporates and slowly becomes paste. 

Then transfer it to a blender add chilli powder to it and make it to a fine paste. In the same tawa add a little more oil and once its hot add in the blended paste and cook it for few more minutes until the raw smells goes. Switch off the flame and add fenugreek powder and stir well.


  • If you have access to canned tomato paste, this pickle can be made in minutes. We can simply skip chopping and grinding.
  • Adding garlic truly enriches tomatoes flavor, but it is optional.
  • Curry leaves and roasted mustard seeds are important. cooking & grinding curry leaves with the tomato paste add extra flavor. If you want to avoid that you can also fry it separately and add whole leaves to the final pickle mix

Enjoy and Happy Pickling.