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June 28, 2013


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I love garlic pickle & onion pickle a lot. Yesterday I told my MIL to prepare this garlic pickle ( Poondu oorugai in Tamil) for me. She made it instantly. Its very easy to do. I stood nearby and noted down all the ingredients with measurements. Hope i’ll try this on my own very soon. We made in very less quantity (1/2 cup) and i finished all the pickle in one go...Now u know how much i loved this pickle & how tasty it was Winking smile. It was tasting great for curd rice & roti..Thank u Aunty ( this is how i call my MIL) Smile..  As my MIL says , next to red chilli powder ,3 ingredients are most important for any pickle .They are fenugreek seeds , turmeric powder & hing (ie . vendhayam , manjal , perungayam in tamil).. These 3 ingredients are responsible for taste & flavour of the pickle.Other than these , some pickles may need tamarind paste too..So beginners , making pickle is really an easy job. Storage has also become easier because of refrigerator..So don’t panic and go ahead trying this easy pickle recipe.U’ll succeed Smile
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1 cup - 250ml
  • Garlic cloves – 1/2 cup ( 2-3 bulbs)
  • Red chilli powder – 1.5 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Hing – 1/4 tsp
  • Grated jaggery – 3/4 tbsp
  • Tamarind – Big gooseberry size
  • Roasted & ground methi seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Cooking oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt & water – as needed
To temper
  • Sesame oil / gingely oil – 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp

  • Peel the skin of garlic , dry roast & grind the methi seeds & powder them. set aside.
  • In a kadai , heat 1 tbsp of cooking oil and saute garlic cloves till golden brown. Then add 1 cup of tamarind extract and allow it to boil till the garlic is cooked well.Now add salt , red chilli powder, turmeric powder , hing and mix well.
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  • Finally add the grated jaggery and methi seeds powder. Mix well till jaggery melts.Allow it to boil for few minutes.
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    • U’ll get a thick paste. Switch off the flame and temper the above said ingredients..Mix well and serve with curd rice !!
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  1. Lip smacking pickle.... Amazing clicks

  2. fab pickle,looks so delicious.never tried my hands on it.u r look so simple and tempting.

  3. good one ! reminded me my father who wont take onion and garlic ! but occasionally he take garlic pickle that too home made ! last pic is fabulous !

  4. its really very yumm look n i wont use as side dish n main dish ah ithu than...

  5. I was looking for garlic pickle recipe.....and am so glad to find this...this sure is a keeper...will try this out and update you...and the pics are awesome!!!

  6. yummilicious...no other words for that flavored pickle

  7. yummy oorugai..love to eat it with curd rice..

  8. Slurppppppp, mouthwatering here..

  9. Delicious, I too make garlic pickle every summer.

  10. Delicious garlic pickle chitra. I will try your version.

  11. Wow!! drooling here! these look absolutely fab!

  12. This garlic pickle looks amazing and very drool worthy. My MIL also makes an amazing version of poondu oorugai. Lovely clicks.


  13. My mother used to add oregano (omam in Tamil or ajwain) which gives different flavour and smell...

  14. Today I tried this pickle.. It came out good... Have to keep in fridge or outside?? How many days it will be good? Please let me know

    1. Thanks for trying. You can store in an airtight box and use clean spoon for storing. It will stay good without refrigeration for 2 days.For more than 2 days pls refrigerate it.

    2. Thanks for trying. You can store in an airtight box and use clean spoon for storing. It will stay good without refrigeration for 2 days.For more than 2 days pls refrigerate it.


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