Indian Pickles are known as Achar in Hindi, Acharu in Malayalam, Oorugai in Tamil. Each state and region has pickles with wide range of taste and texture. In some families Indian families have some unique pickle recipes that are handed-down through the generations. Generally Mangoes, Gooseberries and Lemon are commonly pickled in Indian cuisine. This easy to make pickle powder suits for all these three pickles. You could make Mango and Gooseberry together in one pickle also using this pickle powder.

     Super easy to make and its really a finger licking recipe. This pickle powder is always better than the store bought Pickle powders. You can also reduce a teaspoon to tablespoon of chilli powder and reduce the spiciness of this pickle to suits your taste. Add half a cup of oil and garlic pods around 10-15 for the below said quantity of pickle powder. Click here to refer how to make this pickle.

Pickle Powder

Mustard seeds- 1/4 cup
Fenugreek/Methi seeds/Venthayam/Uluva-1 tablespoons
Turmeric powder- 1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder- 1/2 cup (for less heat reduce a tablespoon of chili powder or use Kashmiri chilli powder)
Salt- 1/2 cup
Asafetida/ Hing powder- 1/4 teaspoon (optional)

Achar Powder


  • Dry roast the fenugreek seeds till light brown colour appears and remove from pan. Do not roast till dark brown as it gives the pickle a bitter taste;Set aside.
  • Add mustard seeds separately in the same pan and roast for a minute (just to get the heat. You can check by touching the seeds) till the shine of mustard leaves and gets a dull black colour. Dont allow to pop up.
  • In a blender add both(Fenugreek and Mustard seeds) together and make as a fine powder.
  • In the same jar add turmeric powder and red chilli powder  and salt; give it a pulse to just combine uniformly to get the 'Pickle Powder'.
  • If you are not using this powder immediately pulse everything except the salt. Add the salt with this powder at the time of preparation.
  • Note:This quantity will be enough to make big 6 mangoes/ 30 big sized Gooseberry/ 25 lemon
Checkout how to make Avakai (Raw Mango) Pickle using this Pickle Powder.

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