Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Tomato Pickle

Recipe No: 50
When Tomatoes came on sale week after week nothing came into my mind other than this pickle. So I brought three pound of tomatoes and made this. The end product was one small bottle of pickle that I am sure will conquer the minds of all tomato loving people.
  • Tomato chopped………..3 lb
  • Chilly Powder…………….2 Tablespoons
  • Cumin Powder…………..1/2 Teaspoon
  • Fenugreek Powder…….1/4 Teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder………1/4 Teaspoon
  • Oil…………………………...1/4 Cup (I used Canola oil)
  • Vinegar…………………….1/4 Cup
  • Sugar……………………....3/4 Teaspoon
  • Salt as needed
Method of Preparation
  1. Heat a pan and add the tomato and ½ teaspoon of salt. Cover the pan and let it cook on a medium heat. Stir at times. This process will take time as the tomato will give out all its water first.
  2. When the tomato is cooked and all the water is evaporated add Chilly powder, Turmeric powder, Cumin powder and Fenugreek powder and saute really good.
  3. When the raw small is gone add Oil, Vinegar, Sugar and Salt. (If needed)
  4. Mix really well and switch off the flame.
  5. When cooled, store in an airtight container in the fridge. Serve at room temperature.
Notes: Back at home this pickle is made using Gingelly/ Sesame oil.
Most of the amounts given here is according to our taste buds. Do change it according to yours.

 Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and
serve it to your family with love…


Sushma Mallya said...

Nice recipe, i have not had this type of pickle before but sounds really good...

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