Feb 28, 2014

Instant Pickle Powder-South Indian Style

Pickles are part and parcel of every South Indian's life. A jar of pickles owns its place permanently in every Indian's kitchen counter top. In our family, pickles making are like festive occasion in every summer. Buying fresh veggies, process them, preserve them and distributing them among the friends and relatives, with love and affection. Apart from the recipe, its a culture which brings everyone closer.

Instant Pickle Powder, South Indian Style

Super hot South Indian Style pickle powder, which could preserve the pickles for more than a month's time. This powder is perfect to make any instant pickles.

Pickles are generally made in the summer months and stored for the remaining months. As summer brings wide range of vegetables from mangoes to lemon. So pickle powder would also be made in such a way that it would preserve the veggies longer. Oil, mustard and salt acts like a preservative and keep the pickled veggies for more than a year.

But if you are preferring to make pickles for shorter duration, then this recipe would be the ultimate choice. I always makes and stores this powder, and whenever needed I add this pickle powder to the salted veggies, then super duper hot pickles ready in moments. And this pickle powder makes the pickle to long last for more than a month's time.

Instant Pickle Powder, South Indian Style

Instant Pickle Powder, South Indian Style

Prep time :  3 min,
Cooking time :  5 min,
Yeild : A cup of powder
Author : 

1 Cup of Red Chilies
1 tsp of Mustard
1 tsp of Methi/fenugreek seeds
1 tsp of Cooking Oil
1 tsp (preferably solid version) of Asafoetida

How to make:
Instant Pickle Powder steps and procedures
1. In the medium flame, heat oil in the pan, add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and asafoetida. Allow the mustard to get splutter. Then keep them aside. Then in the same pan toss red chilies, till they becomes crisp and changes its color.

Instant Pickle Powder steps and procedures
2. Bring all these ingredients to the room temperature. Using mixer grinder grind finely and store them in air tight container.

Takes few teaspoons of pickle powder whenever needed.

Instant Pickle Powder, South Indian Style

Tips and Variations:
Store this in air tight container for stay fresher for longer time. I usually make this once in a while, but often I use the same powder to make variety of pickles.

Check out the recipe of making Lemon Pickle with this pickle powder. Have you checked Idli podi/chutney powder recipe to make at home?


  1. Oh so you use only two seeds compare to north. Second one is perfect for me.

  2. love the color.......very flavorful!

  3. We too make it this way. Nice, useful post.

  4. We add some more spice.....yours looks so hot and nice..

  5. Really spicy and great! Have to google what Asafoetida is...

  6. very flavorful and useful post dear :)

  7. Wow, looks zingy!! And nice clicks too..


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