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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Ginger Pickle / Inji Achar / Adarak Achar

I believe pickling occurs in most parts of the world in summer's as the sun drying can be done very easily.We all love pickles esp with fried rice,khichdi or even parathas.But this pickle doesn't require sun drying and can be used from the day its prepared.Ginger pickle,I first tasted this pickle from the Indian stores out here & very soon became a fan of this pickle.This pickle has no strong flavors of ginger but is actually a total blend of sweetness,sourness & salt.Ginger as such has many medicinal properties,anti inflammatory,relief from cold,digestive uses and even relieves nausea.I never thought to prepare this pickle unless Prabha announced the EP series with Ginger & Pepper corns and so this is my first try to make this pickle but after preparing this at home,my husband is become a true fan of this now.So,try this out !!

ginger  chopped3/4 cup
tamarind 3/4 cup
jaggery powdered 3/4 cup
chilli powder 1/3 cup
garlic cloves 5-6 sliced
urad dal 1/2 tsp
cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
asafoetida a large pinch
fenugreek powder a large pinch
salt 1/3 cup
red dry chillies 2
curry leaves
oil 3/4 cup

-Ensure that you take the young ginger (the one with less fiber); wash,peel & chop the ginger in small pieces.
-Heat a pan on low flame and warm up the chilli powder.Keep aside.
-Heat 2 tsp of oil in the same pan and saute the ginger till it becomes slightly soft and the raw smell disappears.
-Then remove it in a plate and let it cool.
-In the same pan,put the tamarind with half a cup of water .Let it come to boil.
-Skim off the impurities that appear on top when boiling.Put off the flame when it starts to thicken slightly.Cool it down.
-When the mixture cools down,add it to a blender with chilli powder,ginger,salt,jaggery ,asafoetida,fenugreek powder.Blend to a smooth paste.Add boiled cooled water if required.
-In the mean time,heat the remaining oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds,fry red chillies,pop the cumin seeds,urad dal and curry leaves.Also saute the sliced garlic cloves and put off flame.
-Mix the blended mix to the tempering thoroughly.
-Ginger pickle is ready to serve.

Servings~ 500 gms of pickle

* You can use the equal quantity of lemon too instead of tamarind but the pickle may be a little runny kind.
* The consistency should be as of jams.
* Boil and cool a cup of water ahead to avoid messing in between the blending.
* The pickle stays good for a year .Use clean dry bottles to preserve pickles.
* Always use clean dry spoon to take out pickle.Also,use smaller bottles for day to day use rather picking from the larger quantity.
* This pickle is really hot,please be sure to adjust the chilli powder according to your preference of spice.Add half the amount of chilli powder first and then gradually increase if u wish.
* I didn't get curry leaves this time from the stores so haven't added that.

PS: In the EP Series event ,you can use any one of the given herb or spice not necessarily both but the used one should be a compulsory/main ingredient in the dish.I recieved many queries to this,so thought to clarify.Looking forward to all your wonderful entries @ Prabha's space :-)

Sending this to EP series(May) Ginger & Pepper corns guest hosted by Prabha @ Prabha's Cooking, Serve It -Preserved guest hosted by Krithi @ Krithi's Kitchen


Kalyani said... Best Blogger Tips

my fav. chutney ... looks yummy and spicy !!!!!

foodydelight said... Best Blogger Tips

Very delicious and mouthwatering...

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the color, tongue tickling..

What's cooking @ Kavita's kitchen? said... Best Blogger Tips

I can't resisit pickles..adrak achar wow.. this is amazing!!

hotpotcooking said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW!!! Looks yum. you have got a nice color.

Faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

wow......lip smacking achar..I do it in a slight different way.....yummy

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I love pickles of all kinds. This looks yummy.

Sensible Vegetarian said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie love puli inji and I am craving for some now after seeing your post.

Rasi said... Best Blogger Tips

looks like jam julie.. am not a bog fan of ginger but have tasted this!

Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

fingerlicking ginger pickle, sounds like another version of our very own puli inji :)

simran said... Best Blogger Tips

really nice pickle........would love to try this out!

Akila said... Best Blogger Tips

Mouthwatering pickle... Just love it...

Asha said... Best Blogger Tips

Never heard of Ginger Pickle... sounds good..

FewMinute Wonders said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delicious. I love Ginger pickle.

foodydelight said... Best Blogger Tips

wow...mouthwatering pickle...

Chocolate & Chillies said... Best Blogger Tips

Great achaar!

Chocolate & Chillies said... Best Blogger Tips

Great achaar!

Sravs said... Best Blogger Tips

Lip-smacking pickle !! looks so tasty !!

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Achu's Amma's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

tangy sweet lip smacking pickle

Anisha said... Best Blogger Tips

I love ginger in everything. I love puli inji too... though i've never made it this looks similar...

I had planted some ginger a while ago it just sprouted. When I harvest them young I will try this recipe. Oh I can't wait to try this... :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so delicious.mouth watering.Perfectly done.
I too make a similar version

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

Great combo and so appetizing!

radha said... Best Blogger Tips

Would taste good with curd rice or even stuffed parathas.

Shanthi Krishnakumar said... Best Blogger Tips

Superb recipe and lovely clicks

Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

adipoli pickle...yummy..

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Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Ginger pickle looks so yummy, like the preparation n presentation too.

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

vaayil vellam varunnu... must be sweet, spicy and tangy .. :)

What's Baking?? said... Best Blogger Tips

Mmm..i could almost taste the sourness and the spiciness. Yumss

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Slurp, fingerlicking pickle..

Jeyashris Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the smooth texture of the pickle, nicely done

Tisa Jacob said... Best Blogger Tips

Inchi pickle looks very good, one of my favorites, actually. I've never attempted, but may just try after seeing this :)

Spice up the Curry said... Best Blogger Tips

pickle looks fabulous

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

looks so good, like savory jam!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I recently made one with frozen amlas.. this would be on my must try list soon.
Love Ash.

Quay Po Cooks said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice color and very tempting.

Prabha Mani said... Best Blogger Tips

Tempting Pickles..loved the color!!Perfect with Creamy curd rice :)

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Jayanthy Kumaran said... Best Blogger Tips

Tasty Appetite

Rosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Spicy!! Love it...:)

cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

hi julie, thanks for this achar recipe-bookmarked, really looks very appetizing- a great relish. i sure want to try this and i love ginger very much. have a nice day

Roshni said... Best Blogger Tips

love this pickle Julie.. yumm yummm

Katerina said... Best Blogger Tips

We do a lot of pickling in Greece too! This one is delish!

Teena said... Best Blogger Tips

Ahh...Lip smacking pickle!!! You've perfectly made it too :)