Top 5 unusual types of Indian Pickles
Indian Pickles - two words that can make any curry lover's mouth water and lips tremble with desire for a spicy chilli kick! Pickles or achars have been enjoyed in India for centuries galore and make a delicious condiment on a full thali or traditional Indian food - an ensemble of small bowls a variety of Indian food.
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And while here in the UK, we enjoy the more traditional Indian Mango pickle and chilli pickle and even that flavourful Indian mixed vegetable pickle, back in India pickles are made from a wide array of fruits, vegetables and even leafy greens. These pickles are made from hyper local vegetables to the various regions of India, some unavailable beyond their regional bubbles.
But fret not Cheeky one, even if you cannot travel to these extreme parts of India, we have brought you a lo-down of the 5 most unusual types of Indian Pickles here -
Turmeric Pickle -
Prepared in the Gujarat and other western regions of India, this fresh raw and crunchy turmeric pickle is prepared with crushed mustard seeds and fresh lime juice. This superfood pickle has a short life and is usually enjoyed fresh on the side of some plain chapati and curry.
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Karunda Pickle -
This pickle is thoroughly enjoyed in the short season of karunda, which is an extremely sour Indian berry that varies from white to green to pink in colour. This pickle is prepared by balancing the sourness of the berry with jaggery or unrefined cane sugar and other pickling spices.
Stuffed Red Chilli Pickle -
This classic stuffed red chilli pickle is especially prepared in the summer months in India. Using minimal to no oil, the preservation takes place by letting the pickle dry in the scorching Indian heat to draw out the moisture from the chillies. Enjoyed especially with millet chapatis and a simple curry. For a more traditional chopped chilli pickle, check out our Chilli Bang-Bang Pickle
Andhra Gongura Pickle -
This pickle is extremely local and popular in the Telugu speaking states of Southern India and prepared with an extremely nutritious dark green leaf called the Gongura. This pickle, much like the cuisine of Telugu states, is extremely hot and not for the faint hearted. Enjoyed in it's simplicity with rice and piping hot yellow lentils.
Amla or Indian Gooseberry Pickle -
Amla or Indian Gooseberry is one of the THE most nutritious fruits available to mankind. Packed with Vitamin C and fibre, this berry is preserved as both a savoury and sweet pickle. The most popular preparation involves cooking the berry with sweet jaggery and a splatter of curry leaves and dried red chillies. This pickle can then be enjoyed with a lavish Indian thali.
So this was our list of the top 5 unusual pickles of India.
Along with pickles, traditional Indian food is also served with an array of chutneys. To read more about the origin of chutneys, and how they were brought to England, read our post here
Do you know of any other unusual pickles from other parts of the world ? Let us know in the comments below.