Tomato Pickle

Pickle is such a important part of the staple at my house and we can never have enough of it. Tomato pickle or Tomato Thokku is one such seasonal pickle that I make in summer months when there is an abundance of fresh tomatoes from our backyard. This Instant Andhra Style Tomato Pickle is another variation of Tomato pickle with garlic in it and made using a slightly different method. I am surrounded by lot of friends from Andhra and absolutely love their food. It is spicy and so full of flavor that it makes me want to eat more and more. There have been many times that the spice level is above and beyond what I am used to eating and yet I could not stop eating the food as it was so tasty. If you love pickles you must try this Tomato Pickle Recipe also known as thakkali thokku. It's a perfect accompaniment to go along with dosa, idli, adai and even hot steamed rice.

Tomato, the red, juicy and plumpy vegetable, is an integral part of any Indian dish. From raw to cooked, it is a vegetable that can be consumed in any form. Apart from its distinct usage, tomato is well recognised by food experts and nutritionists as nutrition filled food. One of the most significant benefits of tomato is its ability to burn fat. Tomato is low in calorie (18 calories in 100 grams, as per the USDA) and carbohydrate. One of the richest source of vitamin C and beta carotene, it promotes heart health. It is also abundantly loaded with antioxidants (lycopene), vitamins and minerals. Tomatoes are also rich in fibre. They not only keep a person full for a longer time, but also promotes good metabolism; both of these lead to weight management.

Tomatoes have carotenoids such as lutein and lycopene which are really essential for our body. These carotenoids are also related to properties that can prevent prostate cancer. Eating tomatoes daily will ensure that you get an array of nutrients which will help in better functioning of your body.

Health Benefits

  • Helps digestion. Fermented pickles are full of good bacteria called probiotics, which are important for gut health.
  • Fights diseases. Cucumbers are high in an antioxidant called beta-carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A.
  • May ease muscle cramps.
  • Curb sugar spikes.