* 100 gms ginger root, remove skin, wash, dry and slice
* 100 gms tamarind
* 100 gms grated jaggery or sugar
* 5 red chillis (adjust to suit your spice level)
* 1 1/2 - 2 tbsps salt
* a little over one-fourth cup oil
* 1 tsp methi/fenugreek seeds/menthulu
* 2 tsp coriander seeds/dhania/dhanyalu
* 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera/jeelakara
* For tempering/poppu/tadka:
* 1 tsp mustard seeds
*10 fresh curry leaves
* 8-10 cloves garlic
* 2-3 tsps oil
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, add the sliced ginger and fry till light pink, approx 3-4 mts. Remove and cool.
Meanwhile, add just enough hot water to the tamarind such that its immersed and let it soak such that it softens. Cool.
In a pan, add one or two tsps oil, add methi seeds and fry till they turn slightly red, add the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and red chillis and fry for 2-3 mts. Cool, make a fine powder and keep aside.
Once cool, grind the fried ginger slices, softened tamarind, jaggery and add salt to a fine paste.
transfer in to a dish and add the ground spice pwd.pickle ready,put tadka to this chutney
Heat 2 tsps oil in a pan, add the mustards seeds and let them crackle. Add the curry leaves and crushed garlic and fry for a few seconds.
Add this to the ginger pickle and combine well. Store the pickle in an airtight container and refrigerate.
you can add store bought or pre-ground red chilli pwd (used for preparing pickles) 1 1/2 -2 tbsps and 1 tsp methi pwd to the ground ginger mixture instead of frying the dry red chillis and methi seeds.
Coriander seeds and cumin are optional ingredients.
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