Sunday, September 24, 2006

Golden Dates Pickle

1 Kg semi ripe dates (stoned and cut into 4 pcs)
25 green chilies (cut into rounds)
3” piece of ginger (cut into cubes)
2 pods of garlic (cut it into cubes)
2 Tbsp red chilly powder
2 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp turmeric powder
20 Tbsp mustard Oil
3 big lemons (squeeze out the juice)
1 Tbsp mustard seeds
6-7 fresh sprigs of curry leaves

2 Tbsp methi seeds (fenugreek)
2 Tbsp rai Seeds (Mustard)
2 Tbsp badishep (Fennel Seeds)
(dry roast the above 3 ingredients and make a coarse powder)

Take 10 Tbsp of Mustard Oil put it in a vessel once the oil becomes hot add
green chillies, ginger and garlic and fry for 5-10 minutes until the garlic has
browned slightly now add the red chilly powder, turmeric powder stir for few
seconds now add the coarse powder of roasted dry spices, add salt, stir well and
now add the main ingredient the semi ripe dates. Add the lemon juice, stir well
and keep it on fire for 10 minutes on slow fire. Now remove it from fire and keep
it aside. Take in a small frying pan 10 Tbsp of mustard oil, let it smoke, add
1 tbsp of mustard seeds until it crackles, add the curry leaves and now add this
flavoured oil to the dates pickle. Cool it and store it in jar for 3-4 days to enhance
its flavour. Relish the pickle and put in your comments to let me know if you
loved it.

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