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Pulikachal (Tamarind Pickle)

Pulikachal recipe | Tamarind pickle or Tamil Pulikkachal

I had mentioned sometime back that South Indians rely on Tamarind for their tang-fixation. And believe me, a LOT of our dishes begin with a tamarind base. So does this Pulikachal. It is a tamarind based pickle that will last forever in your refrigerator! The amazing combination of tang & spice makes this a delicious condiment to have for any quick meal.

Pulikachal recipe | Tamarind pickle or Tamil Pulikkachal

Among South Indian Brahmins, Iyengars are a set of people with separate traditions and recipes. This pulikachal (read: Poo-lee-kaa-cha-L) pickle happens to be a classic Iyengar recipe. I’ve brought you another one of my family’s best kept secrets! ;) An easy to prepare, long lasting pickle!

Pulikachal recipe | Tamarind pickle or Tamil Pulikkachal

PULIKACHAL – The Recipe

What you need —

Soak tamarind fruit in warm water for 15 minutes.

Squeeze out all the pulp into the water and discard the fruit.

Dry roast fenugreek (methi) seeds

Remove & grind to a coarse powder. (use a mortar & pestle or a grinder)

Heat Sesame (Til) Oil and add the Hing chunks. Let that fry for  1 minute. (If you don’t have chunks, skip this step & add powder along with the salt.

Add Dried Red Chillies. Let them fry in the oil for 1-2 minutes.

Add the mustard seeds, Chana Dal & Urad Dal & fry until the dals turn golden brown.

Add curry leaves & turmeric powder.

Add the tamarind extract water & mix well.

Add the salt, (if using – asafoetida powder), jaggery (or sugar)

Let the mixture boil & reduce by half.

Add the ground Methi (fenugreek) seeds

Mix well and continue to boil.

Let the mixture cook until it has reduced and become a thick paste. (another way to tell if its done is when the oil starts to leave & float around the sides)

Store in air tight container in the fridge for upto 3 months or sometimes even a year!

Pulikkachal (Tamarind Pickle)
 
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Recipe type: Condiments
Cuisine: South Indian
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cup Tamarind fruit (or 2 cups thick tamarind extract)
  • 4 cups warm Water
  • 8-10 Dried Red Chilli
  • 1 TBsp Black Mustard Seeds (Rai)
  • 2 TBsp Chana Dal (brown chickpea lentil)
  • 2 TBsp Urad Dal (split black gram) {opional}
  • 2 tsp Methi Seeds (Fenugreek)
  • 1 tsp Jaggery (or sugar)
  • 2 TBsp Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp Hing chunks (asafoetida) {If chunks not available, use powder}
  • 4 TBsp Curry Leaves
  • 1 cup Sesame Oil (til oil)
Instructions
  1. Soak tamarind fruit in warm water for 15 minutes.
  2. Squeeze out all the pulp into the water and discard the fruit.
  3. Dry roast fenugreek (methi) seeds Remove & grind to a coarse powder. (use a mortar & pestle or a grinder)
  4. Heat Sesame (Til) Oil and add the Hing chunks. Let that fry for 1 minute. (If you don’t have chunks, skip this step & add powder along with the salt.
  5. Add Dried Red Chillies. Let them fry in the oil for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add the mustard seeds, Chana Dal & Urad Dal & fry until the dals turn golden brown.
  7. Add curry leaves & turmeric powder. Add the tamarind extract water & mix well.
  8. Add the salt, (if using – asafietida powder), jaggery (or sugar)
  9. Let the mixture boil & reduce by half.
  10. Add the ground Methi (fenugreek) seeds
  11. Mix well and continue to boil.
  12. Let the mixture cook until it has reduced and become a thick paste. (another way to tell if its done is when the oil starts to leave & float around the sides)
  13. Store in air tight container in the fridge for upto 3 months or sometimes even a year.

 

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{ 3 comments… add one }

  • manoj January 30, 2014, 9:16 am

    you mention mustard seeds in the list of ingredients, but dont seem to do anything with them!

    • Kavitha | Foodomania January 30, 2014, 11:19 am

      oops! Forgot to mention. I have corrected the recipe. Thanks for pointing out. :)

      • manoj January 30, 2014, 11:33 am

        Thanks! i tried the recipe, works quite well!
        You have a good website!

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