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Beerakaya pachadi / Ridge gourd pickle & Tomato pickle recipes – How to make instant pickles with vegetables at home

My home state Andhra Pradesh is very popular for eating spicy food especially pickles. We usually make lot of instant pickles by using vegetables that are mostly consumed within two days. I have used ridge gourd or beerakaya and tomatoes for making instant pickles. These can be eaten with hot rice or as a great side dish for dosa. People follow different ways for preparing instant pickles. Here I have showcased the recipes which are guided by my mom. When these two pickles are cooked by adding right Indian spices it really gives a nice taste.

These pickles need a main ingredient called green chilies. These chilies add spiciness to the chutneys. There is no need of adding red chili powder. Previous day’s people used to use grindstone which is a mortar (rubbu rolu) for grinding the pickles. This gives the pickle a different taste and flavors will be so attached. But now a day’s no one is using this because of lack of time. So you can use mixer grinder for grinding the pastes.

Since it is winter season everyone likes to start the meal with spicy chutney.  Ridge gourd or beerakaya pickle and tomato pickle are the most common pickles you can found in the Indian houses. Without preparing the curries the meal will go off with only these pickles. These will add a good side dish in breakfasts. Lets see how to prepare instant pickles with vegetables ridge gourd and tomatoes.

Beerakaya pachadi / Ridge gourd pickle

Ridge gourd is my favorite vegetable. People use this vegetable for preparing snacks, curries and pickles. Today I would like to introduce how to make ridge gourd instant pickle at home. Remember not to peel the skin of ridge gourd because it contains lot of vitamins and gives more taste too.

Consuming of ridge gourd is having lot of health benefits like cures jaundice, controls diabetes, excellent blood purifier, helps in weight loss, improves immune system and give good skin. So don’t miss this tasty and healthy vegetable instant pickle. Start preparing this ridge gourd or beerakaya pickle at your kitchen.

Beerakaya pachadi / Ridge gourd pickle

Beerakaya pachadi

Beerakaya pachadi ingredients


  • Ridge gourd/ Birakayalu – 3
  • Tomatoes – 3
  • Green chilies – 30
  • Garlic cloves – 20
  • Oil – 5tbsp
  • Tamarind – lemon size
  • Coriander leaves
  • Cumin seeds – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Salt (required)

How to Make

Step 1: Wash the ridge gourd and cut them into small pieces. (Don’t peel of the skin before cutting into pieces because the skin adds more taste to the pickle)

Step 2: Cut the tomatoes also and keep it a side.

Cut the tomatoes

Step 3: Take a fry pan on stove and add 2tbsp of oil to it. Give a medium flame.

Step 4: After oil getting hot add green chilies. Fry them till they become golden in color.

hot add green chilies

Step 5: Cover the lid and fry if not the chilies will burst and come out from the oil.

Cover the lid

Step 6: After frying collect the green chilies into a jar.

green chilies into a jar

Step 7: In the same pan add 2tbsp of oil and put the ridge gourd pieces.

same pan add 2tbsp

Step 8: Fry them also till they the ridge gourd pieces changes color. Collect this into a plate.

ridge gourd pieces

Step 9: Same way put remaining 1 tbsp of oil in the pan and fry the tomato pieces.

oil in the pan

Step 10: Collect this into a plate.

into a plate

Step 11: Take the fried green chilies jar and add tamarind, salt, garlic cloves and cumin seeds.

Step 12: Grind this to a fine paste.

Grind this to a fine paste.

Step 13: Add fried ridge gourd and tomatoes into this paste. Again grind these ingredients lightly.

Step 14: Add coriander leaves and collect the obtained ridge gourd pickle into a bowl.

Add coriander leaves

Tasty and spicy pickle is ready to eat now. If you like you can give tempering to the pickle.

Tomato instant pickle

Have you tasted the tomato pickle as a side dish in dosa or vada? Here is the recipe of instant vegetable tomato pickle. Tomato pickle is one of the famous among pickles. Preparing of this tomato pickle is so simple and easy. Spicy and tangy taste can be stored for two days. Mixing the ingredients and dressing finally with coriander grate gives the pickle a nice aroma. By its aroma only you start taking hot rice into plate and get ready to mix the tomato pickle by giving a touch of ghee. Enjoy preparing this instant vegetable pickle.

Tomato instant pickle

Tomato instant pickle


Tomato ingredients

  • Tomatoes – ¼ kg
  • Green chilies – 100grms
  • Oil – ½ cup
  • Tamarind – lemon size
  • Salt
  • Coriander leaves
  • Cumin seeds – 2tbsp
  • Garlic cloves – 20
  • Coriander seeds – 2tbsp

How to Make

Step 1: Take a thick bottom pan on stove. Give a light flame.

Step 2: Add oil to it. After oil getting hot add green chilies and coriander seeds.

green chilies and coriander seeds

Step 3: Fry them till the green chilies change color.

green chilies change color

Step 4: Collect them into a jar.

Step 5: Cut the tomatoes into medium pieces.

Step 6: Add 2tbsp of oil and put the tomato pieces.

tomato pieces

Step 7: Fry them till the color changes. Keep this in separate plate.

color changes

Step 8: Take the jar which containing fried green chilies and add tamarind, cumin seeds, salt, garlic cloves and coriander leaves.

salt, garlic cloves and coriander leaves

salt, garlic cloves and coriander leaves1

Step 9: Grind them into a fine paste.

Step 10: Now add fried tomato pieces and just give slight grind, so that the ingredients mixes well.

add fried tomato pieces

Step 11: Collect the tomato pickle into a bowl.

Collect the tomato pickle into a bowl.

Start tasting this tomato pickle in hot rice with ghee. You can also have this as a side dish in breakfast.Ridge gourd and tomato pickles can be stored for two days in room temperature. Enjoy preparing these instant vegetable pickles.