Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Have you tried "Achaar" (Indian Pickle)?

During my latest Indian grocery store adventure, I picked up a few pre-packaged items.  One of which was an Indian pickle, or achaar, as it's called in Hindi.  Indian pickles typically consist of fruits or vegetables that are exposed to direct sunlight and pickled in salt, oil and a variety of pickling spices.  One of the most popular types of Indian pickles is aam ka achaar, or mango pickle.  I've always been a fan of sour flavors, so perhaps this is why I'm drawn to this particular type of Indian pickle, which is made from very tart unripe mangos.  The Northern Indian version of mango pickle includes spices like red chili powder, turmeric, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, black mustard seeds and nigella seeds.  Oh, and I almost for got the most important ingredient... tons of salt!

Achaar goes great with parathas or just as a condiment along side an Indian meal.  I've also recently discovered that it also goes well with some American dishes too, like grilled cheese sandwiches! So give it a try and let me know what you think!  What's your favorite type of Indian pickle?  What do you like to eat it with?


  1. I love love love chilli pickle. It's my favorite of them all. Nothing else comes close (nimbu ka achar is in second place but only in emergencies!) But only homemade and Patak's - Deep brand is not very good and I tried that Marathi kind once and it almost tasted like mustard :\

    1. I totally agree! Nothing beats homemade achaar! I'm planning to experiment with a few pickle recipes this summer! I'll definitely have to make a chili pickle too! Thanks for commenting :)