Pickles made from the process called pickling in which food is fermented, and its lifespan is increase by using flavors like vinegar. India has a long history of pickles; it is believe that cooks experiment various things to impress their king, but it is not clear from where it has arrived. Indian way of making pickle is very different from other countries it is cook with lots of spices and mustard oil with a little touch of vinegar in it is served as a side dish along with the curries. A pickle varies from state to state and even from house to house, normal mango pickle taste would have different flavors and texture in each house and each state. Punjab is known for its authentic food and culture. Punjab is rich in all its aspects, and Punjabis love to eat and share
Here are 20 recipes for pickles from PUNJAB.
1. Mango Pickle
Mango Pickle is a recipe of Punjab. Making mango pickle is easy, but it takes a lot of time to get all the spices soaked it and to make the mango moist for eating. For making this pickles three steps needs to be follow 1) drying of mango in the sun 2) pouring mangoes in the spices with mustard oil 3) giving it a rest for at least 1 to 2 months. The Punjabi style of mango pickle constitutes of spices including fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, mustard seeds (yellow), turmeric powder, red chili powder and of course the raw mangoes. Heat the mustard oil and pour all the spices in it with the mangoes and pour the pickles in air tight jar (ensure that the pickle is dry and is air-tight) and keep it in the sun for few days and let the spices get soaked in it. This mango pickle recipe is a mouth-watering one. Enjoy eating with Paranthas, rice, and curries, etc.
2. Carrot Pickle
Carrots are loved by everyone whether serve as salads or is served as pudding or pickles. Carrots are heart stealer especially the carrot pickle. Carrot Pickle is easy to make, and also it does not take enough time to get juices absorbed in it .Ingredients involve in making this pickle is vineger, jaggery, turmeric powder and red chili powder. Mix all the spices in vinegar and jaggery and pour thinly sliced carrots in it. Keep it in the sun for 4 days so that it could retain all the spices. This pickle is absolutely lips smacking, tangy flavor in tender carrots are just divine.
3. Green Chili Pickle
Green Chilies are part of Punjabi Cuisines. Punjab is just love spicy food. Green Chili Pickle is so spicy that non-spicy food eater will get heated up. Green Chili Pickle includes the following ingredients like fennel seeds, spices, cumin, mustard, and vinegar. The sharp and strong flavors of the chilies are amazing. Try making this pickle; you will surely love this.
4. Lemon Pickle
Lemon pickle is one of the best pickles you will ever have. This pickle is a perfect tangy to make a regular dish amazing. Lemon pickles are prepared in abundant of varieties, but one thing which is lacking in this pickle in that it takes lot of time to get mature, and therefore if you have time to wait then there is solution. This is by making normal lemon pickle with all the elements like carom seeds and normal seasoning. In a pan add sugar and lemon pickle and let sugar caramelize this will let lemon cook and new taste of pickle would better. The older it is best it would be.
5. Green Peas Pickle
Green peas pickle is very easy to make just take peas saute them and add spices (turmeric, salt, sugar, red chili, and ginger, etc.) in the oil and mix them well and add peas let the peas soak the flavor of all the spices. It can be eaten with any dish and makes the dish luscious.
6. Mix Pickle
Mix pickle comes at second best pickle which includes all the veggies and fruits like cauliflower, carrots, peas, goose berry, ginger, lemon and mango. This pickle is a perfect blend of flavors, the flavors are perfectly complementing each other, and no one overpowers the other. A must try pickle this will satisfy the craving of eating sour.
7. Ginger Pickle
Ginger Pickle has the Goodness if Ginger and is very popular in Punjab. This pickle is specially prepared in winter as it is good for health. Ginger is first cleaned and then used for retaining its natural flavor and aroma. This pickle is spicy and grated finely so that it absorbs all the Masala.
8. Indian Gooseberry Pickle
Indian Gooseberry Pickle known as “Amala Pickle.” To make it fresh Indian Gooseberry are boiled and then added to a mixture of Vinegar, salt, and Masala. Then it is kept in the sun for weeks so that it can mature and adds the masala in itself. The sour and sweet taste of Amala, goes well with the masala and delight the taste bud.
9. Cauliflower And Turnip Pickle
Cauliflower and Turnip is a home-made recipe of a delicious pickle. It is made with common spices and herbs also. These vegetable are soaked in vinegar and then fried with various masala to give an amazing crunchiness to the pickle. The texture and color of the pickle is catching and can be serve with all the dishes.
10. Drumstick Pickle
Drumstick Pickle is not known to everyone. This pickle is very tangy to sourly to taste and is yummy. The masala of the pickle can also be mixed with Jaggery to give sweetness to it. The soft and juicy taste of the drumstick, accompanied with the masala is a great pickle.
11. Goose Berry Pickle
It is the only pickle that you find in Punjab, these are small berry which has very sour, tangy flavor and is prepared with these spices Fennel seeds, Carom seeds Cumin seeds, Turmeric Powder, Red Chili powder, Salt, Mustard oil.
12. Lotus Stems Pickle
Lotus stem is a unique pickle, and few people know about it. This Pickle is made dried Lotus stem and is mix with Mustard oil including various spices and herbs. The dryness of the lotus stem gives a little crunch in the pickle. The bland flavor in the pickle, is super palatable
13. Radish Pickle
Before making this pickle, you need to dry the radish in sunlight and then saute them in salt, vinegar mixture with spices like red chili powder and turmeric and let the radish get mature and absorb all spices in it. Give it a rest for 2 to 4 weeks.
14. Red Chili Pickle
Stuffed red chili pickles are very appealing and taste heavenly although stuffing varies from house to house still they are best chili pickle to eat. They are very spicy, and you can also make it less spicy by removing the seeds of it.
15. Onion Pickles
Onion Pickles does not require any long procedure to make it. All you need is take a pan, boil 1 cup of water add spices like cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon, star anise, salt, sugar, and vinegar and let the water boil with all these spices in it, then take a air tight container and pour the spiced water in it. Add onion rings .Give it a rest for 2 days and your marvelous onion pickle is ready
16. Garlic Pickle
Garlic pickle as the name suggest is high in spice. Less oil is used to prepare it, and it smells great. The garlic cloves are cleaned and then grated to make a paste. Then it is cooked over heat with distinct spices to lessen its odor. Finally, vinegar is added to give it tangy yet salty taste. This pickle has high demand recently and it a bit high in scent and taste. It is an ideal taste
17. Raw Papaya Pickle
Papaya is one of a unique recipe, which comprises of papaya with mango powder and vinegar, has the richness of Papaya, and some other masalas. The texture of the pickle is thick, and it also has low oil content. The creamy, soft papaya plum is delicious, and one can’t stop eating it with their daily lunch and dinner.
18. Cucumber Pickle
Cucumber pickle is cool as a cucumber and is awesome. The soft cucumber drenched in masala and vinegar, has crunchiness as well. The roughage provided by the cucumber is a healthy pickle salad. Most of the people of Punjab like it and a delight for everyone.
19. Bitter Gourd Pickle
Bitter Gourd Pickle is a bit sourly and not bitter in tastes. The texture is smooth and taste good. The spices like coriander, Red chili, and turmeric is added to the masala and makes it mouth watery. Can be eaten in any season, this pickle comes with the health benefits too. The properly marinated bitter gourd is cooked and then baked in sun so that it can last for a long time.
20. Tomato Pickle
The tomato pickle is sour, tangy and juicy pickle and can be made easily at home. The recipe of this pickle varies, and people choose how they want to eat it. Some people prefer it spicy will other like it sweet. Tamarind is added to enhance the tanginess and rich chili for spice. This pickle can be stored for a longer time and is one of the liked pickles across Punjab.