Nilava Allam Pachadi - Ginger Pickle

Posted by EsyRecipes Friday, December 18, 2009

Discription:A bright, unique flavored achar, nilava allam pachadi aka ginger pickle is a perfect combination of sweet and spice. During the pickle preparation the gingery aroma that fills the kitchen is intoxicating and makes your taste buds sing.:) Prepared from fresh ginger root, dry red chillis, tamarind and jaggery, this fiery gingery pickle can spice up your meal be it with rice, rotis, dosas or idlis and works as a digestive aid too. Stays fresh for quite a while if refrigerated.
  • 100 gms ginger root, remove skin, wash, dry and slice
  • 100 gms tamarind
  • 100 gms grated jaggery or sugar
  • 5 red chillis (adjust to suit your spice level)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tbsps salt
  • a little over one-fourth cup oil
  • 1 tsp methi/fenugreek seeds/menthulu
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds/dhania/dhanyalu
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera/jeelakara
For tempering/poppu/tadka:
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 10 fresh curry leaves
  • 8-10 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 tsps oil
How to make:
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, add the sliced ginger and fry till light pink, approx 3-4 mts. Remove and cool.
  • Meanwhile, add just enough hot water to the tamarind such that its immersed and let it soak such that it softens. Cool.
  •  In a pan, add one or two tsps oil, add methi seeds and fry till they turn slightly red, add the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and red chillis and fry for 2-3 mts. Cool, make a fine powder and keep aside.
  • Once cool, grind the fried ginger slices, softened tamarind, jaggery and salt to a fine paste. Remove onto a dish and add the ground spice pwd.
  •  Heat 2 tsps oil in a pan, add the mustards seeds and let them crackle. Add the curry leaves and crushed garlic and fry for a few seconds. Add this to the ginger pickle and combine well. Store the pickle in an airtight container and refrigerat


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