Gongura Pickle/Sorrel Leaves Pickle
Gongura Pickle/Sorrel Leaves Pickle is very popular in Andhra Pradesh. Sorrel leaves have nutritional value and is used to make dal/lentil curries. The variety of dishes made with sorrel leaves does not end here. It is added to wide range of curries both vegetarian and non vegetarian. But my favorites is gongura mutton curry, gongura pachadi and pickle.Some of my dad's Andhra friends used to bring this pickle along with Avankaya (mango pickle) when they came to visit and it is finger licking good. Try this, you will surely love it.
Sorrel leaves/gongura leaves- 1 big bunch
Garlic - 6-8 pods
Chilly powder- 2 tbs
Fenugreek powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds- 1 tsp
Hing- a pinch
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Urad dal- 1 tsp
Chana dal- 1 tbs
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Tamarind- 1 small ball
Gingerly oil-1/2 cup
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Start with separating gongura leaves from the stem. You can discard the stem. Wash the leaves and spread it on a towel and pat dry. Make sure you remove all the moisture from the leaves. Chop the leaves and set aside.
Add 1/3 cup warm water into tamarind and after 5 minutes squeeze and keep this thick pulp ready.
Heat half of the oil in a pan and add the chopped leaves and saute till the greens wilt. At first it will look mushy and later will become dry. Saute till you see oil separating and the leaves changing to darker color. Switch off the flame.
Heat another pan add the rest of the oil. When the oil turns hot add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When it splutter add urad dal, chana dal,coriander seeds,garlic and roast. Add chilly powder, turmeric powder, fenugreek powder and hing. Mix well and add the thick tamarind pulp. Cook in low flame for two minutes and finally add the cooked gongura leaves and mix well. Switch off the flame. Allow this to cool down completely before transferring into dry air tight containers.
Hope you will all enjoy!