A typical Indian meal has to be tongue-numbing spicy along with a side dish that is also high on heat. Achaar (or pickle) makes Indian foods what they are - flavourful and full or spiciness. Pickles are a fermented side dish that goes with all Indian meals, mostly parathas, pulao, chole bhature and so on. If the achaar is not spicy enough, it doesn't make it to our top list. To ensure we always get a spicy pickle to round off our meal, the best thing to do is pick a 'mirch ka achaar'. There are scores of pickle recipes made with green chillies or red chillies that are the perfect desi side dish you can ask for.
Any bland dish can be magically transformed into a decadent with mirch ka achaar. Forgot to add green chillies in your paratha? Red chilli powder not enough in your curry? Fret not, chilli pickles are there to make for the lack of spice in your plate. Turn up the heat on your dining table with these different kinds of mirch ka achaar if you really have an appetite for spicy Indian food:
Here Are 5 Mirch Ka Achaar Recipes You Must Try:
1. Stuffed Green Chilli Pickle
Cut a slit in the centre of large green peppers and stuff it with a filling of spices like fennel seeds, mustard seeds, turmeric, onion seeds, fenugreek seeds and asafoetida. Add a generous amount of lemon juice to make this spicy and tangy hari mirch ka achaar. Click here for the full recipe.
2. Laal Mirch Ka Benarasi Achaar
Whole chillies are stuffed with powdered masalas of amchoor powder, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, turmeric and asafoetida. The chillies are then dipped in a sea of oil and left out in the sun for about a week to prepare the pickle. Click here for the full recipe.
3. Hari Mirch Ka Khatta Meetha Achaar
If your palate desires for a combination of varied flavours, try this hari mirch ka khatta meetha achaar. Green chillies are combined with vinegar, jaggery, whole spices and sesame oil to give you spicy, sour and sweet pickle. Click here for the full recipe.
4. Green Chilli And Imly Pickle
Spicy green chillies are flavoured with tamarind (imly) along with some vinegar and sugar. Red chilli powder adds more heat, while ginger and garlic add their own flavours to this green chilli pickle. Click here for the full recipe.
5. Leela Marcha nu Athaaanu (Green Chilli Pickle)
This Gujarati pickle is made in a very simple way by sauteing green chillies in oil, along with mustard seeds, turmeric powder and some salt. Click here for the full recipe.
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