Indian-style Pickled Carrots

Indian-style Pickled Carrots

'Achaar' (Indian pickles) are to Indian curries as fukujin-zuke (a sweet relish) are to Japanese curries. They go well with Japanese meals too. They're easy to make and keep for 2 weeks in the fridge.

Ingredients: 4 servings

About 250 g
Mustard seeds
1 and 1/2 teaspoons
★ Chili powder
1 teaspoon
★ Turmeric
1/2 teaspoon
★ Cumin powder
1 teaspoon
★ Salt
1 and 1/2 teaspoons
Lemon juice
1 tablespoon
Oil (vegetable or olive oil)
1 tablespoon


1. Dry roast the mustard seeds over high heat. When the seeds start to pop, put a lid on and roast while shaking the pan until browned.
2. Cut the carrots into 5 cm long and 5 mm - 1 cm wide sticks, and boil in salted water for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain while they're still crispy, and pat dry with paper towels.
3. Put the roasted mustard seeds in a grinding bowl, and grind coarsely using a pestle.
4. Mix the ground mustard seeds and ★ ingredients together.
5. Put the carrots, combined spices, lemon juice and oil in a jar or sealable plastic container. Leave in a warm room for 2 days. Shake the container whenever you think of it.
6. Finished. Serve with curry. They will keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
7. I stored the pickles in an empty jar. Ideally you want to leave some space in the jar so that you can shake it up.

Story Behind this Recipe

Achaar, or Indian pickles are indispensable to an Indian meal. This is the carrot version.