Sunday, 15 July 2012

Aam ka Achaar - Punjabi Recipe

Aam ka Achaar - Punjabi Recipe

During the mango season in the summer in punjab, one can see at least two or three earthenware jars full of pickled raw mangoes maturing in the sun outside homes. This typical punjabi recipe for making mango pickle is most popular in the region. The combination of fennel seeds, nigella seeds with mustard and other pickling spices is what distinguishes this mango pickle from its equally famous gujarati counter part. Sun-dried mangoes used in this pickle impart a salty chewy character and also improve the shelf life of the pickle. This is a very simple recipe to follow. Just keep in mind the basics of pickle making a clean sterilized jar, see that there is no moisture and ensure that mustard oil forms a covering layer over the ingredients in the jar.

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Makes 2 servings


3 cups (375 grams)raw mangoes , cut into pieces
1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/4 cup fennel seeds (saunf) , coarsely ground
1 tbsp split fenugreek seeds (methi na kuria)
2 tbsp split mustard seeds (rai na kuria)
1/2 tsp nigella seeds (kalonji)
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
2 tbsp chilli powder
1/4 cup mustard (rai / sarson) oil
4 tbsp salt

Preparation Method:

Combine the mangoes, turmeric powder and 2 tbsp of salt and toss well.

Place the mangoes on a sieve, cover and place under the sun for 4 to 6 hours.

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Add the mangoes and toss well.

Bottle the pickle in a sterilised glass jar. Place the pickle under the sun for 4 to 5 days. This pickle can be stored for upto 1 year.

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