Basically i love pickles a lot.I can have it with paruppu sadam and lemon rice too.I need to have minimum one pickle as a side dish for curd rice .But Sendhil is just opposite to me.He don’t like pickle as well as papad.So i always buy varieties of pickles from stores only for me.Also, i never try to attempt on my own except instant mango pickle though i know pickles are very easy to prepare .Whenever my MIL visits my place,i tell her to make some pickle for me as she is an expert in making it.She happily prepares it for me.This time i requested her to make South indian style chinna vengaya oorugai/Onion pickle(also called as Madras onion pickle or sambar onion pickle) as i love it from my childhood.She made it in no time following my friend Shalini’s recipe.We enjoyed with curd rice, idli & dosa.I loved it absolutely and all the pickle vanished within two days.Try this recipe,u’ll make it often.Soon,i’ll share a post for onion thokku/Vengaaya thokku which is a great side dish for roti/Chapathi.Lets see how to make this easy pickle recipe..
Onion pickle recipe/Vengaaya oorugai
Easy onion pickle recipe-Great accompaniment for curd rice,idli,dosa
Prep time:15 Minutes
Cook time:20 Minutes
Total time:35 Minutes
Small onions/Chinna vengayam/Shallots - 2 cups
Tamarind - Big lemon size
Red chilli powder –1.5- 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - as needed
Roasted methi seeds powder - 1/4 tsp
Jaggery - 1/2 tsp
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Gingely oil – 3 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Wash and peel the small onions.Immerse in water till use.Chop them very finely and set aside.Soak tamarind in enough water till u chop the onions.Then take the tamarind extract and keep aside.
Heat a kadai with gingely oil and splutter mustard seeds,urad dal. Add chopped onions with required salt.Saute well till it turns transparent and shrinks in quantity.Add turmeric powder& saute for few seconds.
Now add the tamarind extract,red chilli powder,hing,jaggery and boil for few minutes till onions gets cooked well.Mash it with the back of the ladle every now and then so that onions will give a togetherness to this pickle.
Pickle will thicken.Check for taste.Add more chilli powder & salt if it tastes too tangy OR add little more tamarind juice with salt if the pickle tastes more spicy.Now add the roasted methi seeds powder,saute for a minute and switch off the flame.
Remove and store in a box after it cools down completely. Use a clean spoon for use.Refrigerated and enjoy for a week.
Chop the onions very finely.It is mandatory.Otherwise pickle won't give a togetherness.
Adjust the quantity of chilli powder based on its spiciness.Start with one spoon and add more if necessary.
Gingely oil and mustard acts as preservative,So never avoid it.
Jaggery helps to balance the spicy & tangy taste in pickle.But never add more as it makes the pickle sweet.