Indian Apple Pickle

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on November 7, 2009

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This is my grandmothers recipe. The granny smith apples in this pickle make a tart, sweet, spicy condiment that is perfect with rotis and breads. Make sure you use the roasted fenugreek powder, it makes a big difference! Also make sure you use tart cooking apples (I love granny smiths!); the mealy sweet apples wont work.

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Indian Apple Pickle
makes about 1 1/2 cups

2 large granny smith apples or other tart, cooking apples
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
1/8 tsp fenugreek powder (lightly roast fenugreek seeds in a dry pan over low heat and then grind to a powder)
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1-2 green chillies
3/4 tsp urad dal
a few curry leaves
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp chili powder
salt
4 tbsp vegetable oil

Core the apples and dice them into tiny cubes. Toss with lemon juice and set aside. Heat the oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When they crackle, add fenugreek powder, asafoetida, green chilies, urad dal and curry leaves. Stir on medium high heat for about 1 minute. Then add diced apples. Cook, stirring occassionally till the apples are slightly soft, about 10 minutes. Add turmeric, chili powder, and salt to the apples and cook another 5 minutes. Taste and adjust for salt and lemon juice. Once cool, store the pickle in an air-tight container in the fridge. Pickle will last about a week.

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1 Muskaan November 7, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Yumm….I love apple pickle, usually make it with green sour apples..with cayenne pepper, cumin, salt & oil…oh so yummy..yours look very delicious too…

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2 Soma November 8, 2009 at 10:30 am

You always manage to post the cutest recipes in the cutest handis ;-) This something new to me! Never thought of using apples for pickles.

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3 Beatrice November 8, 2009 at 11:37 am

This sounds delicious — I love the idea of an apple pickle!

Also, I’m coveting your curry leaves — the leaves sold here in my local stores never look that green or fresh.

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

@Beatrice, I get gorgeous, fresh curry leaves at the Asian store near me. I’ll be happy to send you some :)

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4 Pavani November 8, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Very interesting pickle with apples. Loove the presentation.

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5 Tamara Lea November 8, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Wow, what a gorgeous photo! You make it look easy!!

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6 lisaiscooking November 8, 2009 at 7:59 pm

The mix of sweet, tart, and spicy sounds fantastic!

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7 Rosa November 9, 2009 at 12:26 am

What a colorful pickle! It looks lovely and I bet it tastes even better than it looks! An original recipe for sure…

Cheers,

Rosa

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8 shaz November 9, 2009 at 9:57 am

What a delicious sounding pickle. I love pickles and sour type food, can’t remember if I ‘ve ever had an apple version. Love that spoon with the twined handle.

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9 Deesha November 9, 2009 at 11:14 am

wow, pickle with apples, I am salivating already

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10 Laavanya November 9, 2009 at 8:36 pm

A friend of mine told me that her mom made a very nice thokku/pickle with the tart apples growing in her backyard… Good to see a recipe for it here. Grandma’s recipes are w/o doubt the best.
The kids are doing fine – thanks for asking… Hope all is well with you. Still busy with KK?

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11 sheba November 12, 2009 at 1:08 pm

great pics as usual…and such a novel type of pickle..

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12 Cham November 13, 2009 at 4:40 pm

I will try this recipe soon as apple are flooding!

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13 Ale November 21, 2009 at 4:04 am

Sala,that’s a lovely recipe! Grandma’s recipes are so foolproof and time tested! I created a facebook group (called Heirloom recipes) a long time back inviting members to share their favourite traditional/family recipes. The group’s been lying dormant since…would you be interested at all in contributing?

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14 sheba November 30, 2009 at 12:45 am

never had apple pickle but it sounds good.. and i do happen to have a whole lot of apples now…will try this one out ..thanks

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15 Srivalli January 24, 2010 at 6:48 am

Sala, first time visiting your space, its fabulous treat!..lovely pictures..

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16 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen July 21, 2010 at 5:42 am

book marked this. I never had an apple pickle but I can imagine how awesome this tastes. I love granny smith and lately have been adding them to all my salads .

But I’m tempted to add a bit of sugar to it for the complete element of sweet , salty and sour for this pickle. Do you think it will work ?

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

absolutely, a bit of sugar, or jaggery or palm sugar will work great!

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17 Nisha November 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm

aiyya … apple pickle! never ever ever heard of before! i’m going in the kitchen, tempted to try it right away. will come back & post how it turns out!

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

yes! come back and let me know how it turned out for you :)

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Nisha Reply:

OMG Sala OMG I love it. OMG you know what it’s like to make a pickle for the FIRST time in life & have it taste awesome???????????
OMG my husband is never going to guess it’s made of APPLE, I swear. OMG I love you, thanks, I can’t control my excitement!

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