Indian Pickle Spice Mix
In India food is incomplete without pickles. It has its existence since many ages. Indian pickles have wide range of flavors and textures. There are three basic category of Indian pickle 1. preserved in salt, 2. preserved in vinegar & 3. preserved in oil. The process of pickling is to preserve the vegetables or fruits. Again in the process of preserving, the agents used (salt, vinegar, oil) gives flavour along with the spices we add to it during pickling. It would not be that mouth watering if you store pickles only in salt or vinegar. So the real magic comes from the spice mix we add to it. This gives it unique aroma that enhances the taste when preserved. The longer you preserve it the tastier pickles will be. I make pickles one year in advance, However there are also recipes of instant pickles.
Last year while preparing mango pickle at home, I had made this pickle spice mix. Pickle spice mix (Achaar Masala) is a blend of all aromatic spices which are ground together. While preparing pickle add the this pickle spice mix along with oil and salt and preserve for years. You can always make some extra spice mix and store them in a air tight container.
- Mix the spice with ready to use curry paste and stuff inside eggplant, ridged gourd. Read recipes: Stuffed Pickly Eggplant in 10 Minutes, Stuffed Ridged Gourd in 10 Minutes.
- No need to chop onion, garlic or dry roast the whole spices, cool it and then grind to fine powder. It saves almost 30 minutes of your cooking time.
- Sprinkle 1 tbsp spice mix on dry or stir fried vegetables. It will give a pickly taste to the preparation.
- You can make instant pickles quickly by adding this spice mix.
Lets make the Spice Mix.
Make this spice mix and add to the dried raw mangoes. Add salt, red chilli powder, asafoetida and mustard oil generously. Store till the mango turns juicy and soft with all flavors and aroma of spices. Add little more salt as this speeds up the process of pickling and helps in softening process.