Wednesday 17 February 2010

Achar Masala (Indian pickle masala)

Achar masala (pickle masala)- A blend of aromatic spices roasted and blended together to make a rich and spicy masala that can be used to dress many vegetables to transform them into instant pickles.

Ingredients :

½ cup red hot chilli powder
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 cup fenugreek (methi )seeds
12 black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon asafetida
¼ cup salt
2 tablespoons olive oil (can use sunflower or groundnut)
2 red dried chillies

Method :

1. Dry Roast fenugreek seeds in a frying pan and dry grind them coarsely and keep it aside.
2. Heat oil in a pan, and add the mustard seeds,black peppercorns, red chillies and asafetida . Keep aside to cool slightly.(I f you add hot oil to chilli powder it will burn it and discolour)
3. To the ground fenugreek add the chilli powder and salt and turmeric mix well.
4. Add the warmed oil to the fenugreek mixture and mix well. Leave to cool.
5. Transfer the achar masala to sterilised jar and use as required.(Achar masala should be dry and crumbly extra oil is added as required when making the pickle)

This Achar masala can be used to pickle mangoes, carrots, tindora, green beans .

Mango Pickle:


3 small mangoes or 1 large
2 tablespoons achar masala
2 tablespoon olive oil


1.Wash and cut the mango, remove stone and dice into small cubes.
2. Put the diced mango in a bowl and add the achar masala and oil. Mix well.
3. Transfer the masala to a  jar and use as required

You may like:

Carrot Pickle
Sweet Lemon Pickle
Amba Haldi Pickle-white turmeric 
Preserved lemon pickle


  1. Mouth watering pickle. All you need is curd rice to go with it.

  2. Yummylicious pickle...Mango pickle is my most fav :-)

  3. Very interesting one...thanks for sharing this :)

  4. I have never made pickle at home. I have to come back and refer to this.

  5. Love the achar masala pics you have here...makes me want to rush out and get the ingredients for it n make it immediately.

    Like your variety of recipes...I will surely follow to see your upcoming recipes

  6. wow what an attractive colour,never knew v could make achar masala and store it and use it..looks good and thanks for the recipe

  7. I love the smell which comes while roasting the spices.....thank u for the masala recipe....pickle looks mouth watering.....

  8. Wow really tempting to see this pickle, lovely photo..wish could have some, please...

  9. Such a catchy achar masala Nayna, love ur raw mango pickle..very useful for us..

  10. ohhhh yummmm..I love this post..the raw mangoes look so favorite pickle.

  11. Soooo colourful and yummy yummy...

  12. My mouth is watering seeing those mangoes,yummmm

  13. pickles look very yummy and spicy,Ur masala recipe sounds very simple and perfectly balanced with spices..

    Great recipe..Thanks for sharing this...

  14. Mouthwatering pics... I really dont have patience so hardly make pickles these days... My Grandma and Maa make them and send them across this yr I was planning to make them... Your pics are beautiful!!!

  15. wow pickle looks damn tempting...nice recipe of pickle masala...fresh raw mango pickle is fun 2 have...yumm

  16. Hi SF…Well I could not find your name easily on your site, hence the abbreviation. Congrats on your features in Homeobuzz – that must be exciting. Like your pickle masala – seems simple without being as oily as I have generally seen pickles to be. Regarding choice of oils, I tend to think that Ayurveda has got it right when they say that we must use the ingredients that are locally available – that holds the promise of good health. Nice coming here. Cheers!

  17. hey Nayna...very traditional recipe..thanks for sharing and sending it to the event !!

  18. Like this 'ready-to-use achar masala'. With the mango season in, will be of great help.

    Nice space, like it...

  19. Mmmmm so many Pickle recipes to pick from!

  20. Pretty! This was a really wonderful post. Thank you for supplying this information.

    Also visit my blog post Mens Shox NZ 3.0 O'Leven

  21. can these ingredients be used for acchar gosht and another question and amount also

  22. Hi there i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anyplace, when i read this post i thought i could also make comment due
    to this brilliant post.

  23. Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your
    website is wonderful, as well as the content!


"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to motivate.”
Thank you for taking the time to post "that kind word" its very inspiring.

Please DO NOT leave your site URL in comment section. Any spam comment using this space as free advertising will be PROMPTLY deleted as will all anonymous comments.

If you enjoyed your visit and would like regular updates please take a moment to join my email list.
If you leave a question that needs answering please make sure your profile has an email ID enabled so I can reply to it.

Related Posts with Thumbnails