How to Make Chilli Pickles At Home?

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Long fresh green chillies slit in between and filled with spices, dipped in tangy lemon juice. A tiny piece of green chillies pickles is enough to leave you drooling and asking for more!

It’s a zingy treat for all your senses.

Green chilli pickles are powered by several plant nutrients: alkaloids, flavonoids, phenolics, essential oils, tannins, steroids, and capsaicin. They also provide a good dose of magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamins C, B6, A and folate. All more reason to include this condiment as a part of your daily diet.

Getting the right green chilli pickles is like hitting a flavourbomb. But, it’s not easy! So, why not learn how to make chilli pickles from your home’s comfort?

Alright, let’s explore the various knick-knacks of green chilli pickling, the various health benefits associated with it, and how to use it to spice up your dishes.

Let’s begin!

The Best Green Chilli Pickle Recipe

Green chilli pickle is a blend of chillies, ground spices, or achari masalas, lemon juice, and oil. There are various ways of pickling chillies. You can choose between the traditional lacto fermentation or the instant pickling method to make chilli pickles.

All of the methods produce an aromatic, spicy, and delicious chilli pickle. Let’s check out how to make chilli pickles in North Indian style.

Green Chilli Pickle Recipe North Indian style

In North India, green chillies are pickled in mustard oil, which gives it a unique flavour. It takes about a week to prepare this pickle, but the steps are really easy. Once the pickle is packed in a jar, all that’s left to do is wait and let the spices do their thing.

Here’s what you need to make green chilli pickle north Indian style.

Ingredients to Make Green Chilli Pickle North Indian Style

  • 25 to 1.5 cups green chillies – chopped
  • 6 tbsps mustard seeds – yellow or black
  • 3 tbsps rock salt regular salt or pink salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup mustard oil
  • 5 to 6 lemons

Instructions to Make Green Chilli Pickle North Indian Style

  • Rinse the green chillies in water and wipe them dry.
  • Remove the crowns and chop the green chillies into 1-inch pieces.
  • Now, powder the mustard seeds coarsely.
  • Add green chillies, ground mustard seeds, and salt to a clean, dry jar.
  • Mix it well with a dry spoon and cover the lid tightly. Place the jar in sunlight for 2 to 3 days.
  • Remove the jar every evening and keep it in a dry, moisture-free place.
  • Then, add lemon juice and turmeric powder and mix it well.
  • Again, keep it in sunlight for the next two days.
  • Now, heat mustard oil until it starts to smoke. Turn off the flame and leave the oil to cool down.
  • Add the warm mustard oil to the pickle jar and cover the lid. Leave it for another 4 to 5 days.

That’s it; your mouth-watering green chilli pickle is ready to be served.

Recipe source: Dassana Amit, VegrecipesofIndia

Instant Green Chilli Pickle Recipe

This is a Gujarati recipe and is made using thick Bhavanagri chillies. Bhavnagri chillies are moderately spicy. If you want a spicier pickle, you can use the small, dark green chillies in this recipe. 

This pickle takes about 2 to 3 days to make. So, it’s quicker than the above method. 

Here’s what you need to make an instant green chilli pickle:

Ingredients For Instant Green Chilli Pickle 

  • 1 cup sliced green chillies
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ⅛ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • ¼ tsp asafoetida
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt to taste

Instructions to Make Instant Green Chilli Pickle

  • Heat oil in a pan and sauté cumin and fenugreek seeds for a few seconds on a low flame.
  • Add hing, turmeric powder, and chillies and sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the flame.
  • Add sugar, lemon juice, and salt, and mix well.
  • Let the pickle cool completely, and then store it in a glass jar.

The instant green chilli pickle is ready to brighten up your taste buds.

Recipe source: Tarla Dalal

Tips to Make Perfect Green Chilli Pickle

  • You can swap mustard oil with sunflower, peanut oil or sesame oil.
  • No need to heat sunflower, peanut or sesame oil till the smoke point. Warm them and then add them to the mixture.
  • Use only freshly squeezed lemon juice. Avoid bottled lemon juice.
  • Select the green chillies according to your taste. If you prefer less spice, go for broad thicker chillies. Or else pick the small, dark green chillies for a more spicy chilli pickle.

Do you know ancient Ayurveda always preferred pickles and chutneys over salad dressings and dips? Indian cuisine throughout the country was supported by two types of condiments: achar (pickles) and chutneys. Both of these have various health properties.

Let’s learn more about the health benefits of consuming green chilli pickles on the side.

Health Benefits of Green Chilli Pickles

Green chilli pickles, or hari mirch ka achar, is a flavorful condiment found in most Indian households. Apart from its beautiful flavours, it comes with many health benefits. Here are a few.

  • Being a source of vitamin C and phytonutrients, green chillies are antioxidants in nature. They are helpful in fighting free radicals and the signs of ageing.
  • The capsaicin compound present in green chillies is multiplied in pickling. It is pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory in nature and helps reduce headaches, arthritis, and muscle pain.
  • Green chilli pickles are known to stimulate digestive juices or saliva that help in digestion.
  • The heat in green chillies helps in the elimination of undigested roughage from the intestine and detoxifies the digestive tract.
  • The antioxidants in green chillies are good for heart health and reduce the chance of cardiovascular diseases.
  • The presence of vitamin C, B6, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and other minerals in green chillies is helpful in improving the body’s metabolism and overall

To read more benefits, check out 5 Amazing Health Benefits of Pickles.

These are just a few benefits of using green chilli pickles or green chillies in any form. 

Are you curious to learn about how you can use green chilli pickles in various ways? That’s what we are going to uncover next.

Different Ways to Use Green Chilli Pickle

Green chilli pickles are a delicious accompaniment to any dish. It is salty, tangy, and spicy and gives a wholesome feel in just a pinch. With green chilli or any other pickle, balance is the key. 

Let’s see some ways to use it effectively.

  • Green Chilli Pickle to Dress Your Salads

Add a little bit of green chilli pickle to your mixed salads, along with some vinegar, lemon juice, and salt. It goes really well with protein salads like paneer and boiled chickpeas.

  • To Marinate Paneer, Vegetables, And Proteins

If you are a fan of achari paneer tikka or barbeque, add some green chilli pickle to the marinade and enjoy the achari flavour paneer, potato wedges, and proteins.

  • Toss Your Veggies in Green Chilli Pickle

A fun way to add green chilli to your meals is to add it to your veggies. First, stir-fry the vegetables of your choice until they are cooked in just oil and salt. Then, add some green chilli pickle to the veggies and give it a good mix. That’s it! A simple and delicious vegetable fry is ready to be served with roti, dal, rice, etc. 

Some other ways to use green chilli pickles are to serve them as a condiment with Indian meals like dal-rice, curd-rice, or khichdi. It also goes well with various kinds of stuffed parathas: aloo paratha, gobi paratha, mooli paratha, or even plain paratha or chapati.

FAQs: How to Make Chilli Pickles At Home?

Which chilli is best for pickles?

All types of green chillies can be used for pickling. However, it completely depends on your preference. For people who like spicier chillies, they can choose dark green chillies, as they are spicier. Whereas, people who like moderately spicier chillies can opt for light green chillies.

Is green chilli pickle healthy?

Yes, green chilli pickle is healthy. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps with digestion and increased metabolism and is also a good source of vitamin C, B6, magnesium, and other minerals. But it’s important to eat it in moderation, as the spice levels in green chillies affect people differently.

Can I add garlic pods to this recipe?

Yes, you can add garlic to this green chilli recipe just before adding the lemon juice, and make sure you stir the mixture well. Garlic and chillies make a perfect flavour combination. By adding garlic, you can enhance the health benefits of green chilli pickle tenfold.

Conclusion

Let’s wrap up this flavorful journey!

We hope that this blog, “How to Make Chilli Pickles From Your Home?” will encourage you to try out this recipe and reap its numerous health benefits.

However, even if you don’t have the time to make it at home, it shouldn’t keep you from enjoying green chilli pickle.

Try out Two Brother Organic Farms’ authentic Green Chilli Pickle. It is made from farm-grown organic chillies, using the traditional lacto-fermentation pickling method. It is free from synthetic colours, additives, binders, fillers, and preservatives.

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