Pickle is known in different names in different parts of India. In Karnataka we call it as uppinakai. Tamil-oorgai, Telugu- oorugaya/pachadi and in Hindi its Achaar. In Tulu it is known as Uppad. In Marati it is lonache, Konkani-adgai and in Gujarati it is athanu.
The method of preparing pickle differ one from one state to another. In some places they sun dry the mango or lemon or whatever they use for pickle. In South Canara we do not do that. There is a traditional way to prepare pickle and it does stay for years.
Here I have tried Hog Plum pickle. I did not get the very tender hog plum. Using the tender ones are always better. I got little big one. So I had to cut them into pieces to make pickle. But the seed was not hard either. It is not easy to cut once the hog plum grow bigger since its seeds turns as hard and it is not so good to put pickle because we do not get much pieces.
Lets see the recipe :
Ingredients :Hog plum : 1 K.G
Salt : 3 to 4 Tablespoons
Chilly Powder : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Mustard Seeds : 2 Tablespoons
Methi /Fenugrik Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Oil (Any cooking oil) : 1 Tablespoon
Ingh/Asafoetida : a pinch
Turmeric powder : a pinch
Method:1. Wash and let it dry nicely. Clean the water in a fresh dry kitchen towel.
7. Put off the fire and add cut pieces which are soaked in salt water. Let it cool.
9. Put off the fire and add mustard seeds. Let it cool.
12. Keep a small pan on the fire. Heat and add oil. Add little mustard seeds (1/2 spoon) and ingh. Let the mustard seeds splutter.
13. Add this mustard seeds mixture to the pickle. Let it completely cool.
14. Shift the ready pickle to a glass bottle.
Note :Keeping the pickle in the fridge is always safe. Even though you use dry utensils some time it may get fungus because of the moisture.
Adding more oil is optional. Just use one more tablespoon of oil on the top of pickle and then cover it tightly. Use salt according to your taste. You can also use only mustard seeds (optional). Methi/ Fenugrik seeds help the pickle to reduce heat (body heat) in it. It also adds taste to the pickle. Just one teaspoon of methi will do. If you use more methi, pickle may turn bitter. Adding more chilly is also optional.
Time : 1 Day + 30 minutes.
Serves : 1 Big bottle.