My recipe for this week under chutneys, dips and spreads is a chutney recipe from Andhra cuisine. Pandu mirapakayalu are fresh ripe red chillies we make a pickle with this red chillies every year in season. December and January is the season for this red chillies and tomatoes. We make pickles with these both vegetables saparately and these two pickles will stay for year.
We mix this red chillies with Gongura that is called pandu mirapakaya - gongura pachadi, Pandu mirapakaya - tomato pachadi. Pandu mirpakaya tomato pachadi will stay for one month out side, after that can store it in the fridge for six months.
For this Pandu mirapakaya - tomato pachadi always use fully ripe tomatoes so that pickle will get a beautiful red color. I used garlic for tadka, you can use asafoetida in the place of garlic. Red chillies what I get here are really very hot, so i used 150 grams. you can increase the red chilli quantity according to your taste. You can add red chilli powder but that gives a normal tomato pickle taste. I have given 1 cup oil that is more then enough. By next morning the oil you added to the pickle should come up on the top. If you didn't see the oil on top you can heat a tab sp oil again and add it on the top of the pachadi.
Tomato --- 250 grams
Ripe redchillies --- 150 grams
Tamarind ---- 25 grams
Turmeric powder --- 1/2 tea sp
Fenugreek powder --- 1/4 tea sp
Mustard powder ---- 1 tea sp
Salt --- 2 tea sp
Oil ---- 1 cup
Mustard seeds --- 1/2 tea sp
Dry red chillies --- 3 broken
Garlic cloves --- 8 crushed
1. Wash and wipe red chillies with a clean kitchen towel and set a side to dry totally. Means there should be no moisture in red chillies.
2. Take red chillies with one tea sp salt and grind in to a fine paste. Make sure you should not any water to this red chilli paste.
3. Wash and wipe the tomatoes, cut them in to four pieces add salt and mix well and leave a side for 10 minutes.
4. After 10 minutes you can find some juice from tomatoes,now add this tomato juice to tamarind and soak tamarind.
5. Now heat 1/2 cup oil in a pan add tomato pieces, keep stiring in between and cook till oil comes out from the sides.
6. Switch off the heat and let the tomato cool down to room temperature.
7. Now take tomato, soaked tamarind with little juice(if require you can add more juice but not water) and red chilli paste in to a mixer jar and grind in to a fine paste.
8. Take out red chilli and tomato paste from mixer jar in to a bowl. Add fenugreek powder, mustard powder, turmeric power mix well to combine every thing.
9. Heat remaining 1/2 cup oil in a pan add mustard seeds let them popup then add dry red chillies and garlic cloves fry for a while and switch off the heat, let it cool down to room temperature.
10. Add tomato and red chilli paste to the seasoning (tadka) and mix well to combine every thing, Check and adjust with salt.
Store in a clean and airtight bottle..
Serve this Pandumirapakaya, tomato pachadi with dosa, idli, vada. or with hot plain rice with a drop of ghee....