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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Veluthulli Achar | Garlic Pickle

Garlic (veluthulli) is an age-old medicine which now has scientific reasons.They are a wonderful seasoning that adds taste, aroma and nutrition to food.Garlic helps improve iron metabolism in the body.Garlic contains a compound called 'allicin' that imparts the strong smell and is beneficial to improve immunity (helps fight against flu and common cold) and cardiovascular health.They help to expand the blood vessels and thereby keep blood pressure in check and reduces cholesterol levels.Garlic is incredibly nutritious, low in calories and rich in viatmin Cand manganese.They also contain antioxidants that are proven to prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia.Allicin the sulfur compound in garlic helps to fight heavy metal toxicity like lead.There are even reports that it increases estrogen levels in females, but not scientifically proved yet. However, I admit that making a pickle out of garlic may not be healthy and beneficial, but still may do some good.This is a true blend of spice, sour and a mild sweet tinge pickle.The making is real simple.Don't forget to try it out and lemme know how it turned out !!

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Preparation time~15 minutes
Cooking time~10 minutes
Serves a small jar of pickle
garlic /velluthulli 50 cloves (4 pods)
kashmiri chilli powder 2 tbsp
hot chilli powder 1/2tbsp
red chilly powder 1tsp
turmeric powder 1/4tsp
fenugreek powder/uluva podi 1/3tsp
asafoetida/kayam podi 1/2tsp
salt as per needed
vinegar 2tbsp /lemon juice 3tbsp
gingelly oil 4tbsp
jaggery 1/2 tsp grated (optional)
curry leaves a sprig/thandu

  • Peel the skin of the garlic and wash the cloves.Wipe them dry on paper towel and keep ready.
  • Heat a pan with gingelly oil.Splutter mustard seeds when hot. Add in the sprig of curry leaves.

  • Add the garlic cloves and sauté for 3-4 mins continuously till it starts to soften.Reduce the flame to low and add in chilly powder, fenugreek powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt.
  • Switch off flame and add the vinegar/lemon juice.Finally, add in grated jaggery and give a quick mix.
  • Cool and preserve in airtight containers.You can start using the pickle immediately, but I personally love the flavours after 4-5 days as the garlic softens, blends nicely with the masala.
  • Enjoy with your favourite Indian staples/parathas.
* You can even steam cook the garlic pods before making pickle. In that case, add the pods to the steamer plate and steam cook for 5-7 minutes.In that case, there is no need to sauté for 4-5 minutes.
* I have added lemon juice as we love the flavours better.If you tend to preserve longer, then use vinegar to increase shelf life.
* If you are using the Indian type of garlic, then increase pods.This is the large size garlic cloves that we get here.
* Adding jaggery is optional, it adds a nice flavour though.

Wishing all a Happy Dusshera too !!


Vidya Chandrahas said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and tempting pickle.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Mmmm..tangy sweet achar or pickle. ..loved ur clicks also

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Love garlic pickle ..My mouth is watering now ..

Jaisy James said... Best Blogger Tips

wow superbb. kandittu kothiyakunnu...awesome clicksss

Nish Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy spicy pickle! So tempting!

The Yogi Vegetarian said... Best Blogger Tips

I eat raw garlic this time of year to ward off coughs and colds, tho we don't put it in our cooking. Garlic is a really good medicine, thanks for posting 😊

divyagcp said... Best Blogger Tips

Garlic pickle looks so tempting and delicious!!

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow flavorful and yummy achar

Anu Yalo said... Best Blogger Tips

It is an awesome post!!

Ruxana Gafoor said... Best Blogger Tips

tempting pickles

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Favorite pickle and beautiful pickle jar..

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so good, want to try this some time...

tastentips said... Best Blogger Tips

A new & spicy pickle.......must try.

Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

Love tempting..

FLAVZCORNER said... Best Blogger Tips

You made me drool Julie!! I love garlic pickle. My Mom makes it, but I never tried it making it. I had to give your recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!!

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

My mattamma makes the best veluthulli achaar... sounds so similar to hers...

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

My mother used to make veluthulli achar, I feel nostalgic... mouthwatering one...!

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

Kothiyakunnu. Will try sometime

Anupa Joseph (Palaharam) said... Best Blogger Tips

We love this achar...been a while since I made it...lovely pics dear...ohh u made me tempt...I have to make it soon

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks :)

Kooking Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

I am a Maharashtrian. . We really don't always make this pickle . However I made it for the first time and really loved the recipe