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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

Sweet & Spicy Tomato Pickle - Andhra Style

Day 7 of Tomato Week- For the last day, I decided on a recipe that is used as a longer way to preserve and enjoy summer tomatoes, a traditional South Indian Tomato Pickle. One of the first South Indian culinary techniques I learned from Amma was how to make pickles, Shrimp Pickle to be exact. South Indian Pickles are a great way to preserve produce and are used as an accompaniment to add or enhance flavors in a dish. This sweet, spicy & tangy Tomato Pickle is a delicious addition to idli, dosa or served with piping hot basmati rice.

Here is my recipe:

Sweet & Spicy Tomato Pickle - Andhra Style Cooking for Kishore

This sweet, spicy & tangy Tomato Pickle is a delicious addition to idli, dosa or served with piping hot basmati rice.


Coconut Rice
  • 500 g (1 lb) - about 2 Large Tomatoes, chopped
  • 10g - about 15 Dried Red Chili Peppers, broken up
  • 1 Bay Leaves, broken up
  • 2 pieces of Mace
  • 3 Cloves
  • 2 - 1" pieces of Whole Cinnamon Stick
  • 5 g (1 tsp) Fenugreek Seeds
  • 5 g (1 tsp) Ground Nutmeg
  • 200ml (6 oz) Vinegar
  • 40 g (2.5 Tbsp) Salt
  • 50 g (3.5 Tbsp) Vegetable Oil


  1. Heat the oil and add the chilis, bay leaves, mace, cloves, cinnamon, fenugreek, and nutmeg, heat until fragrant.
  2. Add Tomatoes, sugar, salt, and vinegar, making sure to mix throughly. 
  3. Lower the heat and stir periodically. Cook down until thickened, about 45mins - 1hr. Remove the cinnamon sticks.
  4. Put pickle in a sterilized glass jar and allow to cool for 24hrs before consuming. Serve hot with rice, idli or dosa and Enjoy!
  5. Pickle will keep in the fridge for 3-4 months.
Yield: Serves
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Cook time: 60 mins.
Total time: 65 mins.
Tags: tomato pickle recipes, tomato pickle, Indian Cooking, pickle dishes, south indian recipes, telugu recipes ugadi, ugadi dishes, sweet and spicy tomato pickle, andhra style pickle, vegan, Vegetarian


Calories: 29 per serving


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