Winter-special achar recipes: It's rightfully said that winter is all about the flavourful seasonal delicacies; the bouts of winter cravings take over us as soon as we see those steaming hot mooli ke parathe and the delicious sarso ka saag, right? Another winter staple that manages to get all of us nostalgic is achar. Many of us have childhood memories of soaking up the winter sun while our daadis and naanis looked after their countless aachar ke dabbe. The whiff of these tantalising pickles used to blanket the whole house in minutes! Such is our love for those winter special achars that just the thought of the zingy and tangy mooli, adrak and gaajar ka achar is enough to make us drool! Now, that the winter is finally here, we thought why not curate a list of grandma-approved winter achars that you can pair with your winter delicacies.
Winter Diet: Here 7 Winter-Special Achar Recipes You Must Try:
1. Gajar achar:
There is no match to the fresh and crunchy carrots found in the winters, they are just the right amount of juicy and sweet to make the best pickles. Chop into medium-sized chunks and mix with mustard seeds, chilli powder and mustard oil. Store in an air-tight container and the achar should be ready in around 10 days. Click here for the recipe.
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2. Stuffed Mirchi ka achar:
We tend to crave more spicy and hot flavours as the days get colder. This easy Mirchi ka achar is the perfect addition of heat and flavours to a simple winter lunch. Slit chillies in the middle and stuff with masala; store them in an airtight container with little mustard oil. The flavourful stuffed Mirchi ka achar will be ready to relish in 6-7 days. Click here for the recipe
3. Onion-garlic achar:
Onions are found throughout the year but there is something about this flavourful onions garlic achar that makes it a must-have for winters. Sauté onions and garlic along with the prepared masala. Boil in vinegar so every piece is soaked in tanginess, cool before storing in an air-tight container. You can enjoy this achar immediately. Click here for the recipe.
4. Gobhi shalgam achaar:
No waiting to consume this deliciousness, cook the vegetables and you may dig right in. Obviously, it gets better with time, the more you store this the more flavours will penetrate the gobhi and shalgam, but it's as good right then too. Both vinegar and jaggery are used to flavour this achaar making it the perfect lip-smacking side with roti, paratha, rice. Click here for the recipe.
5. Adrak ka achaar:
An instant ginger achaar, you can make it in a small quantity or a big batch to store for longer. With just four major ingredients - Ginger, lemon, green chillies and salt, you can prepare this achar in under 15 minutes. Here is the recipe.
6. Lemon achar:
A tangy pickle that will taste great with both rice and roti. The use of roasted and ground mustard seeds in this recipe adds an additional burst of flavours. Cut lemon pieces and mix with fenugreek, dried chilli powder mixture, temper with hot oil and store in an air-tight container. You can consume the achar as soon as after 2-3 days. Click here for the recipe.
7. Mili Juli Sabjio Ka Achaar:
Winters are the time for seasonal delicacies. The winter vegetables like mooli, carrots, gobhi are the freshest at this time of the year. Gather all your extra vegetables in the fridge and make this mixed veg achar that will last you till next winter. Spicy and sweet, you can pair this delicious achar with almost everything. Click here for the recipe.
There you have it, 7 classic winter achars to add flavour and variety to your winter diet. Which one are you trying first? Let us know in the comments below.