Saturday, June 21, 2014

Onion Pickle

                               Onion Pickle is being prepared by me for nearly 30 years. Earlier,with little awareness, I was using preservative and vinegar.Now for the past 10 years, they are avoided.Homemade Pickles are free from chemicals.Our own product gives us a sense of pride and joy. With little planning and shelling out time, pickles can easily and quickly be prepared at home.

Ingredients :

Big Onion ( medium size )    6
Oil                5 tbsp.
Chilly Powder              1 tsp.
Salt              1 tsp.
Fenugreek ( Roasted and powdered )    3/4 tsp.
Tamarind           1 big gooseberry size
Turmeric Powder, Hing, Mustard

Method :

1. Slice tho onions and grind them in the mixer into a paste.

2. Soak the tamarind in hot water and take a thick extract. If the tamarind is of a good
    quality and free from seeds and impurities, it can be soaked in hot water for 10 mins.
    and ground with the onions in the mixer.

3. Heat oil in a thick bottomed Kadai, add the Mustard, Hing and then the onion paste.

4. Saute well on a medium flame with constant stirrings.Add Turmeric Powder and salt.

5. When the onions turn colour, add the Tamarind water and mix well. Let it simmer for
    5 mins.

6. Add Chilly powder, Fenugreek and mix well.Let it simmer for 10 mins Switch off.The
    tasty Onion Pickle is ready.

Note :

In the original recipe, pods of 2 garlics were ground with the onions. Sombu was also added.But as the garlic and sombu smell lingers in the throat for a long time, I avoid them.Those who like their flavour can include them.

Half cup of Fenugreek is dry roasted, powdered and stored by me always. The Fenugreek powder is very handy for any pickle.

Salt, Chilly Powder and Tamarind can be adjusted to our own taste.

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