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?