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5 November, 2014

Mixed vegetable pickle (south-Indian style)- Mom’s recipe

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A guest-post from my mom. Yes, I’m sharing a “secret” family recipe! My mother’s famous mixed vegetable pickle, very much loved by my family and all my friends. When she was here this summer, she made some of this finger-licking magic pickle and I promptly noted down the recipe. It is surprisingly very simple!

South-Indian pickles are traditionally made in oil, usually sesame oil and are loaded with salt and spice. There is no vinegar in homemade versions.


A small amount is served either with plain rice or with rice and yogurt.


The key ingredient in this delectable dish is Kashmiri chilly powder. It lends a bright red color and lovely flavor, but is very mild in heat.


Sharing this at the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #19 at Annie’s blog, An Unrefined Vegan co-hosted by Poppy and Angela.

Also sharing this at the Tuesday Blog Hop at Swathi’s blog, the Zesty South Indian KitchenΒ co-hosted byΒ April of 21st century Housewife.


Mixed vegetable south-Indian pickle


carrot- 2

bitter gourd- 1

raw green mango- 1/2 (peel if skin is thick)

Key limes- 3-4

ginger- 1 ” piece

green chilly- 2

fenugreek seeds- 1 tsp.

organic sesame oil- about 2 cups

Kashmiri chillly powder- 1 cup for every 4 cups of chopped vegetables

salt- 1/2 cup for every 4 cups of chopped vegetables


1. Chop vegetables into small pieces. Peel ginger and chop along with green chillies into small bits. Measure the amount of chopped veggies. You will take a quarter of this portion of chilly powder and 1/8th the amount of salt.

2. Take vegetables in a mixing bowl, add salt, fenugreek seeds and chilli powder, mix to coat well.


3. Transfer to a sterile glass jar with lid. Add enough sesame oil to immerse the vegetables.

4. Allow to sit for 2-3 days. The longer it soaks, the better it tastes.



The mixture should be completely immersed in oil. To ensure freshness of the big batch that was made, I store mine in the fridge.



24 thoughts on : Mixed vegetable pickle (south-Indian style)- Mom’s recipe

  • November 5, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Oh that pickle looks brilliant Apsara! Thanks for sharing your mum’s recipe πŸ™‚

    • November 8, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      thanks, Naina. My hubby sometimes jokes “you’re selling all the family jewels!” and I say “I’m just giving them away” πŸ™‚ Luckily, my mom doesn’t mind. πŸ™‚

  • November 5, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    What a beautiful color! Love pickled vegetables, this looks like it would go perfect with so many dishes, thank your dear mother for sharing with us all πŸ™‚

    • November 8, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      I surely will tell my mom that you like it. πŸ™‚

  • November 5, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Wow droolicious pickles and awesome teaming…momz recipes are always outstanding. ..

  • November 5, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I didn’t making pickle is so easy! And a guest post from mom – wow, you lucky girl!!

    • November 8, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      I did not think it was easy, either! πŸ™‚

  • November 5, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Apsara I am so going to try this one! I am always asking my aunts for pickle recipes! My maternal grandma used to make a pickle with bitter gourd but alas no one seemed to know the recipe. So this one looks close! I am overjoyed! thanks! πŸ™‚

    • November 8, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      Oh, yes, pickles are my favorite too. πŸ™‚

  • November 6, 2014 at 12:38 am

    I love pickles…will definitely make this. Thanks for sharing such easy and wonderful pickle!

    • November 8, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      you’re welcome, Swetha.

  • November 6, 2014 at 6:13 am

    I love pickles a lot and your mum’s recipe sounds very delicious πŸ™‚ Bookmarked to try!

    • November 8, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      thank you, Sonal. πŸ™‚

  • November 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Delicious mixed vegetable pickle Apsara I Love to use Kashmiri chili too as it is miler in taste, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.

    • November 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      thank you for the opportunity, Swathi. Very glad you like it!

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