Pickling and Pickles from India

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah.      .

If you love pickles, there are countless recipes and innumerable ways to enjoy them. Technically, pickling is done to preserve a particular fruit’s or vegetable’s shelf life and to give it a zingy flavour. Now, for pickles to have a long shelf life, preservatives are a must. The store-bought jar of pickle may even contain artificial preservatives which are added to increase its shelf life. It is a known fact that an excess of sugar or sodium in your diet may lead to health problems.

A good way to resolve this is to make your own pickle! This can help you manage the amount of condiments and flavouring in it and it is definitely healthier than store-bought ones. With refrigerators in every home, pickles can be stored in it for a longer shelf life. You can also opt for making instant pickles which can be consumed in a short duration and skim on the preservatives. The best part about making pickles at home is that you can choose your own spices and salt, and ensure the purity of your ingredients. Using the right salt and spices can totally change the taste of your pickles. Choose from Tata Salt’s range of salts to make sure your pickle is preserved with purity.

Benefits of Pickles

Pickling is an interesting way of integrating loads of veggies and fruits in to your diet. Pickles contain all the naturally present vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants of the vegetable or fruit being used. Furthermore, wonderful herbs, spices and aromats – turmeric, ginger, chilis, mustard, fenugreek, peppercorn, and cloves that are used, pack in extra doses of nutrients. Another incredible benefit is the probiotics that a pickle provides.

Here’s are some popular pickles from each corner of India to give you some ideas to get started.

7 fresh and zesty pickle recipes

1. Mango pickle: A am ka achar is a staple in practically every Indian household! This zingy, tangy pickle has its own version in every part of the country. It pairs incredibly well with parathas, puris, pulao, biryani and khichdi. Raw mango, which is at the heart of this mango pickle, is a storehouse of the choicest nutrients. The fruit guarantees an increase in the intestinal flora of the beneficial bacteria and reduces inflammation in the body. It also provides a burst of vitamins A and C. Mustard seeds, fennel seeds and nigella seeds create a symphony of flavours and lend wonderful health benefits to this mango pickle as well.

2. Lime pickle: Unexpectedly easy to make, the lime pickle recipe is super tasty and can change a boring meal completely! Sour lime and pungent aromats blended to gastronomic perfection! All that you need to do is place the lime and spices in a pickling jar and leave it for 10 days to ferment. The pickle goes wonderfully well with parathas as well as rice dishes. Not only does the lime give you a mega dose of vitamin C, which is a robust anti-oxidant that battles free radical damage, decreases your risk for heart diseases and help you get gorgeous skin; it also boosts fat-burning.

3. Spicy pickled carrots: They’ve always been revered for their vision-protecting ability, but carrots have so much more to offer. They perk up your immunity, encourage a healthy clear skin, protect the heart, and detox the body – all thanks to their powerful vitamins and minerals. The carrot pickle recipe is vivid, vibrant and spicy. These spicy carrots make an excellent accompaniment to all meals and go particularly well with chhole bhature. Fennel seeds, mustard seeds, nigella seeds, fenugreek seeds and ginger pack in oodles of punch and dollops of flavour!

4. Ker pickle: The ker is a berry that’s grown in Rajasthan, during the summers and it is a remarkable ingredient for a pickle. Ker ka achaar tastes superb with rotis, puris and parathas! The mustard oil is the crunch point in this recipe! The ker fruit is jam-packed with liberal amounts of vitamin C which proffer health benefits.

5. Drum stick pickle: A rather usual and lesser known pickle, the drum stick pickle is super popular in south India. The drum sticks are marinated in paste of tamarind, fenugreek and freshly ground vibrant spices. This green and pickled vegetable recipe is very easy to throw together; and in a mere 3 days, the pickled drum sticks are ready to enjoy! The unassuming, oft neglected vegetable, the drumsticks which are also known as moringa offer many benefits – it’s a good source of iron, calcium, potassium and vitamins A and C.

6. Amla murabba: Radish This delicious, gooey, sweet pickle takes a little time and effort to make, however, the flavour and aroma are absolutely well worth the try! The gooseberry has been touted as a fruit that can help defy ageing! Brimming over with vitamin C, the amla bolsters your immune mechanism, burns fat and gives you long, luxuriant hair.

7. Tomato pickle: An effortlessly easy to make Andhra recipe, this pickle is tangy, somewhat tart and very spicy! It is so flavourful that you can have it with roti or plain rice. Key ingredients, tamarind and methi seeds, add all the flavor to this recipe They give it the piquancy and unique flavor as well as proffer outstanding health benefits. Lycopene rich tomatoes lend a ton of nutrition to your meal; they help battle inflammation and thwart free radical damage.

On days when you are short on time or too exhausted to cook up an elaborate meal, pickles can be your savior! Experiment and get creative with various vegetables and fruits to craft your own pickle recipes. They boost your veggie and fruit intake whilst satisfying your craving for salty and tangy foods.

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