Friday, October 11, 2013

Aam ka Achaar

Aam Ka Achaar. What are we talking about, are you asking me right now? Guys, I thinks pictures have already spoken and connected you to this Mango Pickle, a Punjabi style achaar or pickle. Mouthwatering and you are salivating right now right? My favourite. Any kinda of pickle or chutney, or even sambal dip for the matter (Tamatar ki ChutneyPenang Acar & Sambal Terasi). Aam ka Achaar obviously showcases mango as the core ingredient and mango by far, I think a favourite among many of us (Prawn Mango Curry, Thai Mango Sticky Rice & Mango Mocktail)? This Punjabi style achaar is just plain and simple, but trust me, a perfect fab fit as a condiment for our rice meals (Vegetable Achar & Salted Fish Pickle), and you basically need a couple of ingredients listed below, unless you want to take it to the sky level by adding whatever other ingredients. Aam ka Achaar nava-k's style by the way is different (Indian Mango Chutney), or better for me to say as unique because I did it my way instead of the conventional method of following others. Aam ka Achaar? The burst of sour spicy notes in one.

1 semi/unripe mango - remove seed and cubed.
1/4 cup mustard oil 
1/2 tbsp plain chilli powder
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit
A pinch of asafetida powder
2 tbsp vinegar (more of less depending on taste)
1/2 tbsp sugar (or as needed) 
3-4 sprigs curry leaves
Salt for taste

In heated oil, splatter mustard seeds.
Add chilli and turmeric powder.
Quickly stir and add all the other ingredients.
Stir and add mango. 
Give a fast stir and remove, cool down, pack in a bottle and store in fridge.

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