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Easy Tomato Pickle

Easy, tasty and lip smacking tomato pickle made with fresh ripe tomatoes. This home made pickle can be eaten with rice, idli, dosa, upma, pongal or curd rice.

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time19 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Madhavi


  • Medium Tomato- 10 ( I used Roma Tomato)
  • Garlic loves – 4
  • Red chilly powder- 1 tbsp or to taste ( i used a combination of kashmiri red chili powder and hot chili powder)
  • Fenugreek Seeds ( Methi Seeds)- about 12 to 15
  • Mustard Seeds- 1 tsp
  • Oil- ¼th cup
  • Asafoetida- a generous pinch
  • Turmeric Powder- ½ tsp
  • Salt to Taste
  • Sugar- 2 pinches (optional)


  • Wash the tomatoes and pat dry. Chop them and set a side.
  • Peel the garlic and thinly slice them.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan . When the oil gets hot add the mustard seeds and let crackle. Add the chana dal and fry for 30 seconds. Add the sliced garlic, fenugreek seeds and Asafoetida and sauté for few seconds.
  • Add the chopped tomato, salt, red chilly powder and sugar. Mix well and cook in medium to low heat stirring in between till the oil seperates and the tomato is completely  cooked and mushy.
  • Turn off the flame. Allow to cool and store in a air tight container. Stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
  • Serve the Tomato pickle with rice, roti, bread, and curd rice.