Andhra Pradesh is famous for Gongura Pachadi..This is a tangy tasted mouth watering pickle.
- big bunch of fresh gongura / red sorrel (wash and separate leaves from the stalks and leave them out to dry)
- 10 whole dry red chilies
- 1/2 tsp methi / fenugreek seeds
- 1 tbsp minapppapu (black gram / urad dal)
- 1 tbsp senaga pappu (bengal gram / channa dal)
- 11/2 tbsp coriander seeds
- 5 garlic cloves
- 2 tbsps oil
- salt to taste
- 4 tbsp oil (pickle made with red chilies needs more oil than green chilies)
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- ½ tsp cumin
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 whole dry red chillies
- 1 stalk of curry leaves
- Heat 2 tbsps of oil in a heavy bottom vessel. Add the leaves and sauté them until soft. Remove and let it cool.
- In the same vessel add 1 tbsp oil and add methi seeds and fry till light brown. Add coriander seeds, urad dal(black gram), channa dal (bengal gram lentil) and dry red chilies and fry stirring constantly till light brown. Remove them into a bowl and let them cool.
- In a grinder, add methi, coriander seeds, urad dal, channa dal, dry red chilies, cumin, garlic, salt and grind them. Add the fried gongura leaves and grind very coarsely.
- Heat 4 tbsps of oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, when they splutter, add the whole dry red chilies, crushed garlic, cumin, curry leaves and fry until garlic is slightly brown. Remove the tempering from fire; Let it cool before adding it to the ground gongura pachadi. (When storing any pickles for more than few days, always let the tempering cool to room temperature before adding it to the ground paste, since adding hot oil to the ground paste releases some more moisture and spoils the pachadi)
- Add the tempering to the ground paste along with the oil.
Other famous Andhra Pickles are given below: