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Jun 19, 2008

Tamarind Pickle

This pickle is our Nellore (the place where I was born) special. We call it as “Minumula Chintapandu” in Telugu. This is a very delicious pickle eaten with rice. I learned it from my mom who is a great cook. My husband is also an expert in making this pickle. Actually I forgot some of the ingredients, but my hubby helped me in getting it right.

Here is the recipe:

  • Lemon sized ball of Tamarind
  • ½ cup Urad Dal (Minappappu, Black Gram dal)
  • ¼ cup Coriander Seeds (Dhaniya)
  • ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 5 to 6 dry Red Chilies
  • ½ tsp Asafetida (Inguva)
  • Salt as required


Place tamarind in water just enough to soak it. Keep aside.

In a pan, heat half of the oil and add urad dal. Fry it for some time till the dal turns into golden brown in color. Then transfer it into a plate to cool.

Add the rest of oil to the pan and add the mustard seeds. When they splutter add the coriander seeds and fry well until the seeds turn light brown.

Then add the chilies and asafetida and fry well. Transfer the contents to a different plate and let them cool for some time.

In a mixer, add the coriander seeds + red chilies + asafetida mixture along with the soaked tamarind and add little water and run the mixer for 1 minute.

Then add half of the fried urad dal to the mixer along with salt and run the mixer again until all the contents mix well and it turns into a coarse paste.

Finally add the rest of the urad dal and run the mixer once. The dal shouldn’t be ground into a smooth paste. It tastes better when the pickle is little coarse.

Serve this tamarind pickle with hot rice and ghee.

This is my contribution for “JFI – Jihva For Tamarind” event being hosted by dear Sig of Live to eat. JFI (Jihva For Ingredients) is the brainchild of Indira of Mahanandi.

On a different note:

Dear Aditi of My Kitchen Stories has made me so happy by passing the “Good Chat Blog Award”. Thank you so much for your sweet gesture dear Aditi!


Finla said... [Reply]

Thankgod I am typing and not speaking the comment. If i had to speak i would not be able to talk as it is full of drool.
I have never had this but it loos delicious

karuna said... [Reply]

this so mouthwatering.nice.

Unknown said... [Reply]

Seems your husband is a great cook too..Would love to make this sometime Uma

Cham said... [Reply]

Oh man, u r rocking Uma perhaps ur husb for this pickle :) Love tamarind so will try soon :) Yummy yummy....

Madhavi said... [Reply]

Uma plz send me this pickle, looks so yummy, very tempting!!!

Sum Raj said... [Reply]

khatti methi eemli....its superb...luve them to have with hot rice...i guess it taste just like tamarind rice or puliodara rice....

Meera said... [Reply]

bookmarked!! looks so delicious.

Anonymous said... [Reply]

yummmmmy :)

Vani said... [Reply]

I've had raw tamarind pickle before. This one must be awesome! Looks delicious, Uma! :)

KonkaniBlogger said... [Reply]

Tht looks really delicious Uma!! Will have to try it..

Srivalli said... [Reply]

Uma, I guess my mom was telling me of the exact same dish..:)..so I might also come out with this one..your bowl looks tempting!

Rachel said... [Reply]


FH said... [Reply]

YUM! It's called Thokku in K'taka, I love it. Always get the bottled one for the store!:)

ST said... [Reply]

You wouldn't believe if i say, when i saw the pic i was just drooling. Looks so delicious.....

Unknown said... [Reply]

looks delicious..am going to make it now..

kamala said... [Reply]

I am crazy for pickles.So tempting.will sure try.

Chef Jeena said... [Reply]

This sounds and looks lovely.

Laavanya said... [Reply]

A tamarind pickle you say? it has me drooling at the very thought - Delicious!

Sig said... [Reply]

You should put a warning in the title to wear a bib before visiting... This is some serious drool-inducing dish... :) Thank you for this wonderful entry Uma!

Jamie said... [Reply]

Uma, this looks great. My husband would love this!

Suma Gandlur said... [Reply]

I was thinking on the same lines too. I was thinking to send the same entry. This one is our favorite as well.
Congrats for the award.

Archy said... [Reply]

Looks tangy tangy Uma !! nice entry !!

Rajitha said... [Reply]

yum!! i love andhra chutney and pickle...bookmarked..

KALVA said... [Reply]

Did it taste similiar to Minapachadi by any chance???? love it!!

bha said... [Reply]

I had no idea Uma, about a Tamarind pickle recipe....the pot looks all tempting to me

Siri said... [Reply]

pachadi adurs Uma...adento nenasalu pachallu cheyatame manesanu. thanks for reminding me!


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