Some of my best winter memories are sitting in the winter sun and helping my mum was, peel and chop vegetables for pickles. It’s a tradition mostly all Indian households enjoy, a well-loved tradition. Some new recipes, some handed down by our grandmas. We all love those crunchy pickles, don’t we? Those huge glass jars or barni as they are called is a common sight in mostly all Indian houses.
Sadly the art of pickle making is dying in this generation of everything instant! There is a variety of store-bought pickles readily available to choose from but for me, nothing compares to those pickles made by hand with a whole lot of love and so many beautiful memories that are created while making them.
There are some pickles which are specially made only during the winters. We’ve listed a few of them here:
Gajar, Gobhi and Shalgam pickle (Mixed veg pickle)
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This crunchy carrot(gajar), gobi(cauliflower) and shalgam(turnip) pickle is a favorite in every North Indian home. It goes very well with parathas and rotis and even garam rice, daal and a bit of ghee on top!
Kamal Kakdi pickle
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The kamal kakdi or the lotus stem can be found especially during winters and while it is had as a vegetable with meals, it is also made into a pickle that can be stored and eaten later with rice or rotis.
Dana Methi Chane pickle
The mustard seed and kala chana pickle is not only tasty but healthy too. This is made with chana and methi that is soaked overnight.
This is common in the South Indian households and is finger licking delicious! Made especially during the winters, it has different names like poondu urugai, veluthulli achaar, lahsun ka achaar etc. depending on the region it is made in.
Different regions around India have different ways of making the amla pickle but whatever the method, the amla pickle is tangy and perfect for any meal besides being absolutely healthy. My favorite is the sweet murabba that my father made for us every winter!
Though it’s easier to just drive to the store and pick up a jar of pickle, it’s the whole process of making that pickle that adds little joys to an everyday mundane life! Now that we’ve given you some ideas, go ahead and make those memories this weekend!