Thakkali Oorugai

Yes indeed you can definitely use tomatoes to make pickle and that too an absolutely delicious one. Tomatoes lend their unique sweet and sour taste plus a lovely ruby red colour. This is a popular south Indian preparation that is enjoyed with steamed rice.

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Thakkali Oorugai

Main ingredients Tomatoes, Sesame oil, Garlic, Green chillies, Dried red chillies, Tamarind pulp, Red chilli powder
Cuisine South Indian
Course Pickles
Prep time 5-10 minutes
Cook time 10-15 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Spicy
Level of cooking Easy
Others Veg



·         4 medium tomatoes

·         3 tbsps sesame oil

·         ½ tsp fenugreek seeds

·         1 tsp mustard seeds

·         8-10 garlic cloves

·         3 green chillies, slit

·         4 dried red chillies

·         Sea salt to taste

·         2 tbsps tamarind pulp

·         1 tsp turmeric powder

·         1½ tbsps red chilli powder

·         1 sprig of curry leaves

·         Steamed rice for serving




1.      Roughly slice the tomatoes.

2.      Heat sesame oil in an earthenware pot, add fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds and once the mustard seeds start to splutter, add garlic, green chillies and dried red chillies and mix well. Sauté for a few seconds.

3.      Add tomatoes andsea salt and mix well. Cook on medium heat for 6-8 minutes or till tomatoes are pulpy.

4.      Add tamarind pulp, turmeric powder and red chilli powder and mix well. Add curry leaves and mix. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

5.      Transfer into a serving bowl and allow to cool. Serve with steamed rice.