Eons ago as a teenager I had a delicious pickle at an aunts place.
For almost 4 decades I hunted for it in the aisles for pickles in desi grocery stores, searched for it on family or friends tables. I even asked if anyone knew or made it.
Some friends knew about the pickle but I never had the luck to find it ready anywhere.
So one day I hunted for its recipe on the net. And there it was, at several places.
To my utter surprise the method of preparation was very simple. So there was no excuse left to not make it myself. So here it is:
Sweet and Sour Pickle of Carrots, Turnips and Cauliflower with Jaggery.
Carrots: half pound
Turnip: half pound
Cauliflower: 1 pound
Anise seeds(saunf): 1tsp
Black seed(Kalonji): 1tsp
Fenugreek seeds(methi): 1tsp
Mustard seeds(Rye ): 1tsp
Jaggery (Gurr): 1 pound
Mustard Oil: 2 tbsp
Salt, chillipowder, garam masala powder: to taste
Cooking method is described with the pictures:
Step 1: Chop washed carrots, turnips into medium thickness sticks and break cauliflower into medium sized florets.
Step 2: Mix half a cup of apple cider vinegar and half pound of jaggery in a pan and leave on slow flame till all the jaggery melts.
Step 3: Boil water in a large deep pan till it bubbles. Once boiling, add the chopped vegetables and cook for 5-7 minutes until vegetables are blanched. Drain off water and spread the vegetables on a kitchen towel till dry. (I did for about an hour).
Step 4: Heat 2 tbsp mustard oil in a wok. Add mustard seeds, anise, fenugreek and black seeds and let them splatter for half a minute. Then add salt, ground garam masala and red chilli powder. Finally added the vegetables. Stir fry them.
Step 5: Stir fry the vegetables with seeds and spices.
Step 6: Add vegetables mixed with spices & seeds into vinegar and melted jaggery mixture. Cook till most liquid evaporates.
Step 7: Once cooked and cooled, store it in a sterilized air tight cannister and leave in the sun for 2 days to pickle well.
Step 8: Once ready(in my case in 2 days) enjoy it with parathas and hot steaming chai. 🙂
This pickle is a delicacy prepared in winter in Northern India specially because that is the time carrots are available.
Its easy and very delicious. I wonder why did I just keep looking for it everywhere and did not try it myself all these years? Do try it out in a smaller amount as a trial. You will not regret it.