May 14, 2008

Easy Gherkin (Kovakkai/ Tindora) Pickle

Printable version here.

Gherkins are not popular with the three of us (though our families seem to love them), so this is one vegetable which is almost never makes it onto my shopping list. This pickle is the only way I will eat them but my husband will not have even this.


I accidentally discovered this pickle a few years back when we had gone to spend the holidays with my parents-in-law and my mother-in-law had made it. Now I love Indian pickles and am willing to give new varieties at least one try. Surprisingly, I liked her gherkin pickle and this is her recipe for it.

Ingredients:
½ kg gherkins (sliced)
1 ½ tsp kashmiri chilli powder
3 tbsp sesame seed oil
1 ½ tsp mustard seeds
¼ tsp turmeric powder
¼ tsp asafetida powder
1 sprig curry leaves
salt to taste

Method:
Heat 2 tbsp of the sesame seed oil and stir fry the sliced gherkins, along with salt, until just cooked but crisp.
In another pan, heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil, add the mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Then add curry leaves, asafetida, turmeric and chilli powders. Stir a couple of times and take off the heat. Add the stir-fried gherkins and stir till everything is well mixed.
Cool and bottle. Serve with rice and yogurt. This pickle does not keep for more than about 4 -5 days and must be refrigerated. So it would be advisable to make in smaller quantities, which is alright as this pickle doesn’t take much time to make.

17 comments:

Asha said...

I love Gherkins, never eaten pickle with it. Sounds great A, will try when I get those next!:)

Sheltie Girl said...

I really enjoy pickles and gherkins. This is a fascinating sounding recipe. I'll have to try it out.

Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

ranji said...

i love gherkins pickle!!!love the veg too...its so delicious!!!

Kumudha said...

I adore Gherkins, but I rarely get good gherkins in indian stores. Thanks for so many wonderful recipes!

Uma said...

lovely pickle! looks delish.

bee said...

love this veggie and would love to try it this way.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi...
Firs time to ur blog... Loved ur tindora pickle... Looks YUM!, Never tried it before...

sunita said...

I love this vegetable too...though haben't tried it as a pickle...looks lovely :-)

Divya Vikram said...

The pickle looks mouthwatering..havent tried this at home though..thanks for the recipe

Priyanka said...

Never had gherkins for pickles....sounds interesting.

Kalai said...

I adore kovakkai, but the idea of pickle using them is new to me. Looks delicious!! :)

Swati Raman Garg said...

what an idea sirji... i love this veggie....

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I've never though to do this with a pickle. What a tasty idea!

Vcuisine said...

They are too good and the methi roti and your pictures are lively.Viji

Aparna said...

Gherkins, in a pickle? That's what I thought, too.
Try this out for sure.

farida said...

Sounds like an interesting pickle to try. Unique.

Rosie said...

I just love Gherkins but I have never tried them in a pickle, but something I must try now after viewing yours :)

Rosie x