Saturday, 29 September 2007

Gur Gajar athanu / Hot and Sweet Carrot Pickle



Ingredients

4 kg carrots; cut into baton style sticks
6 tablespn salt
1 cup split/hulled mustard seeds
1/2 cup coarsely ground coriander
1/2 cup coarsely ground fenugreek
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
2 sticks cinnamon
4 whole cloves
3 cardamom pods
8 black peppercorns
2 cups oil
1 cup ground red chillies
2 teaspns turmeric powder
4 cups grated gur / jaggery


Method

1. Mix the salt and carrots well, spread the carrots on a large tablecloth and dry in the sun
2. Place the whole spices; mustard seeds, coriander, fenugreek, fennel seeds, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom pods and peppercorns in large container.
3. Heat the oil in another pan, and add to the whole spices.
4. Add chillies and turmeric to the masala, mix
5. Add the gur / jaggery and mix.
6. When cool add the dried carrots mix and place in sterile bottles.
7. This pickle is ready to eat immediately, but improves with age.

15 comments:

Asha said...

Happy Birthday Saju!:))
Menu sounds great and so does the sweet and spicy pickle.Slurp!!:))

Latha Narasimhan said...

Happy birthday saju!:)) Delicious pickle!

Helda said...

What a deliciuos pickle and so easy

musical said...

Hot and sweet picle sounds yummy! Great stuff, it sure features in the B'day lunchoen, right? Looking forward to your party post :).

Have a splendid B'day weekend.
musical.

Kelly Mahoney said...

What a process, but it looks delicious/.

Namratha said...

Hey its your birthday today Saju? Happy birthday!! :) This is the first time I'm looking at Carrot pickle, looks good! Have a lovely day!:)

Suganya said...

Saju, do the carrots have to be bone-dry?

Vcuisine said...

Belated wishes Saju, and the pickle is tickling. Very nice. Viji

Cynthia said...

Happy Belated!

SeeC said...

Belated wishes saju.

Excellent stuff. Is there any other alternative to drying in sun. Will MW help ?

Saju said...

thanks everyone for your comments.

Suganya, they have to be dry, not neccessarily bone-dry. 2-3 hours in hot sunshine is usually enough. In our English weather it may take a day or more!

Seec, I know that some people dry vegetables in fan oven at very low temp, keeping the door open.
MW is no good, as it will cook the carrots.

meeso said...

This looks so good, send me a jar ;)

zlamushka said...

Happy B-day, dear. Lovely menu, I love Thai food. And those pickles, yummy ;-) Seing you cooking like this, you might wnat to check out my new food event (http://www.burntmouth.com/2007/10/spoonful-of-christmas.html) . Hope you can participate....

Padma said...

Love that sweety crunch those carrots carry in that pickle

Sharmi said...

lovely looking pickle. must be very delicious!

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