Instant Red Chili Pickle (Indian Style) : Step by Step process of an absolute famous pickle from North India, which is also known as ‘Lal Mirch ka Achaar’. It’s hot, spicy, ready in 5 minutes and can be stored in fridge for upto a month. Try it with any snack/entree or with your favorite Indian Flatbread.
I’m in India for a few days of vacation which is a combination of a friend’s wedding, family + friends meet-ups, shopping, eating out and copious amounts of food made by mom or as it’s lovingly known world-wide ‘Maa ke Haathon ka Khana’ which is ALWAYS the highlight for all us kids (Yes, that’s what we all are termed by our parents no matter what our age group) living away from them. Homecooked meals by mom, even a simple buttered toast or a plain flatbread (paratha) made by her is filled with soooooo much love and care that it’s just beyond any meal served anywhere in the world – hence we always say there’s ‘Magic in their Hands‘ (I can go on & on and maybe this will become one of THE MOST Emotional post written till date on my blog, so lets get back to the Achaar/Pickle 😉 which is absolutely droooooooliscious and her recipe!My mom is pretty famous in our family for her cooking and hospitality, you’ll never leave empty stomach from their house, she would rather have you stuffed with delicious food and she will happily pack some to go as well 🙂 Well, that’s mom and even after all this, she’s ever smiling and ready with a new recipe. So this time, when I reached my parents home, I was welcomed with my favorite recipes cooked by her (4 A.M – India Time) and an almost verbal list of recipes she has planned for me during the coming weeks…so that’s the kind love and excitement we have with food+family and our discussion for the rest of the day continued about flight food, wedding preparations and calling cousins. We finally attended the Big Fat Indian Wedding (300+ guests) + Tons n Tons of Food + Absolutely Gorgeous Colorful Indian Outfits (I promise to do a food+clothes post later) – It was a 8 days hectic, crazy and fun activities and now I’m back to spending time with close friend’s and family. So after all this, the first thing that I really missed having was pickle made by Mom and you just need to casually mention it to her and before you could say anything else, she has already instructed the local organic grocer to send us some of his best ‘Red Chilies/Lal-Mirch‘ which are HUGE – Bright Red in color and just became available in the market (Beginning of summer is the time for all these bright fruits n veggies in India). The process of the pickle/achaar is here:
Once, the fresh red-chilies were delivered home, I insisted mom to include me as her assistant in the ‘Instant Red Chili Pickle‘ process to which she agreed provided I don’t poke my fingers in my eyes after touching the chilies (can you believe she still thinks I’m gonna do that ….. We seriously had such a huge laugh about this but she was absolutely serious). Now, there are prominently 2 types of Indian Red Chili Pickle:
– One is where you stuff the entire chili with pickle spices and fry and keep in sun for it to process eventually.
– Second is ‘Instant’ where you simply chop the chilies, use the same spices and lightly saute the chilies (this one can be consumed right away)
So, this is the Instant Pickle which takes about 5 minutes to make and can be served right after it’s prepared.
TIP: Remove the seeds in chili to control the heat, less seeds means less heat/hot & more seeds means more spicy/hot
After, we thoroughly cleaned the chilies, we pat them dry using a paper towel or clean cloth (make sure the chilies are absolutely dry when you start mixing spices). Then, you simply cut them into desired size (thin/huge) and mix the homemade pickle-mix. Toss everything together and lightly saute in mustard oil. You may use Sesame Seed Oil but I Still recommend making pickles in Mustard oil as it adds to the spicy/tangy flavor. Some of you may worry looking at the extreme red color of the chilies, but the pickle can be made almost as mild as you want, just remove the seeds.
Once, the pickle was ready, we absolutely gorged on it with some hot potato flatbread and fresh curd, which is a typical Delhi Breakfast for you and can keep you going for a good half day. I hope you really like this recipe and try it soon. (If you’re unable to find red chilies, you may use big green chilies or medium green chilies for the same).
We couldn’t sign off this post without a picture of Mom holding our favorite pickle 🙂 (I’m telling you, there’s MAGIC in those Hands)Come connect with us here as we LOVE LOVE LOVE Interacting with you 🙂
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