Sunday, October 2, 2011

Mix Vegetable Pickle

Pickle is a great condiment on any Indian dinner table. It is usually super spicy,sour and salty. Pickle also know as लोणचं in Marathi and Achar in Hindi is nothing but a mixture of vegetables and/or fruits combined with a spices. Pickling is just a process of preserving food by marinating in some sort of brine. Indian Pickles are marinated in lime juice, oil and salt along with spices. 
Green Mango pickle is quite popular in India. Green Mango is a summer fruit, so my mom makes green mango pickle in summer. One of my friend shared this mix vegetable pickle recipe with me. I have used pickle masala, which is nothing but a blend of aromatic spices. It is easily available in any Indian store.

Ingredients
2 Cup Cauliflower washed and  finely chopped
1 Carrot peeled,washed and finely chopped
10-12 Green Beans washed and finely chopped
1 Cup frozen peas
15-20 Green chili's washed and finely chopped
1 tbsp Salt or as per taste
1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp Pickle Masala
2 1/2 Tbsp Mustard Seeds Powder( To make Mustard powder, grind some mustard seeds in a grinder to a fine powder)
Juice of 3-4 limes

Tempering
1/3 Cup Canola Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Chili powder
1 tsp Asafoetida
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder

Method
Keep all your vegetables and spices ready.

To make the tempering, heat oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds, once they splutter add Asafoetida, Turmeric Powder. Shut off the gas and then add chili powder. Let it cool completely.
Combine all the vegetables, salt, pickle masala and lime juice. Add the above cooled tempering all over the vegetables and mix together. Give it a taste, it should have a nice balance of sour, spiciness and should be properly salted. Adjust the taste accordingly.

Pickle is ready. Keep this pickle in a airtight jar and refrigerate. Enjoy it with Paratha, Roti or any Indian rice preparations. It will take couple of days for all the flavors to blend together. 

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