In India, when we hear Aachar/Achar/Pickle word or you just imagine it, automatically it makes the mouth watery, as you start feeling the sour & tangy taste of pickle. Achar, also known as Indian pickles, have been a part of the culture and history for 4000 years. You will get pickle of almost all vegetables, you name it & you will get it. It tastes excellent as a side with some dal-rice or curd-rice or for that matter any curry with rice. Even with chapati or roti and a vegetable dish, it tastes great. You can even mix the pickle masala with some steamed rice and have. It tastes really delicious. In India, most common pickle in any household or available in market are:
Amla pickle or Indian gooseberry pickle is a popular spicy pickle in India. Gooseberries are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, and phosphorus. Prepared with sliced amla & other Indian spices. The pickle can be stored in a refrigerator and used for about 15 days.
Mango pickle is a traditional Indian condiment made with raw mangoes, spices and oil. It is the most common pickle, which you will easily get in any Indian house or most sealable pickle in market. This pickle is rich in Antioxidants, vitamin K, with high Nutritional Value & Fibre. Also relieves digestion, nausea, loss of appetite and motion sickness.
Lemon pickle is a traditional Indian condiment made with lemons, ground spices, salt and an optional ingredient – oil. Adding a small amount of lemon pickle to your diet can help in improving the blood flow. It is packed with copper, potassium, iron and calcium. lemon pickle is a wonderful source of probiotics that can help aid digestion. Though acidic in nature, lemon becomes alkaline once consumed and increases the alkalinity of the body.
Assorted pickle, also referred to as mixed pickles, is also a popular mixed pickle in Indian cuisine. It made from a variety of vegetables and you can choose vegetable as per your choice. Vegetables which are commonly used in this pickle are cauliflower, carrot & radish.
Red Chilli Pickle:
Red Chilli Pickle Or Laal Mirch Ka Achar- Pickles are an integral part of Indian cuisine. Red chilli pickle is the most loved among the whole lot of variety of pickles. Though the process need time and patience as the red chilies are stuffed in a special way.The stem of red chilies are removed from the back side and then the prepared masala is stuffed inside with the help of a toothpick. Red Chilli Pickle or Lal Mirch ka Achar, gives your body a lot of nutrients and other health benefits
Garlic Pickle is a tasty combination of aromatic garlic cloves preserved in oil and spices. This traditional Indian pickle is spicy hot and tasty which compliment to any meal. It’s a good source of antioxidants, anzymes, minerals and vitamins(vitamin C, vitamin B6). It also has sulfur compounds, Allicin and diallyl sulfide, selenium and manganese. Both raw and pickled garlic are used to cure many health conditions
Green Chilli Pickle:
Green Chilli Pickle or Hari Mirch ka Achar is a North Indian style pickle where fresh green chillies are pickled with mustard seeds. It’s an instant pickle & don’t require much time to prepare. Green chilli is a rich source of vitamin C and eating it helps in keeping your skin healthy and glowing. Aids in digestion: Consuming green chillies can help in the digestion process since it is very high in vitamin C
Final conclusion, Pickle is an intrinsic and very important part of Indian cuisine. Without pickle on side, an essential part will be missing from an Indian thali.