Wednesday, March 18, 2009

10 Simple Salted South Indian Pickles

This cookbook lists 10 salted pickles, greatly simplified, so that a first time cook can easily prepare them. These are the simplest pickles of them all. Just mix in salt, turmeric powder with vegetables, sun them and your pickle is ready! 

Salting is the simplest way to preserve food. It has been used from time immemorial for preserving all kinds of food. Adding salt draws out the vegetable’s natural juices. This increased salt content prevents the growth of micro organisms. In vegetables which are not juicy enough, we add lemon juice to create an acidic environment which inhibits bacterial growth.

 Salted Pickles : Vegetables pickled in their own juices.

1.:    Manga Inji Pickle

2.:    Lemon Pickle

3.:    Narthangai Pickle   

4.:   Baby Mango Pickle


Salted – Lemon Pickles: Vegetables pickled in lemon juice

5.:   Carrot  Pickle 

6.:   Garlic Pickle 

7.:   Green Chili Pickle 

8.:     Peppercorn Pickle    

9.:    Sundakkai Pickle

10.:  Cluster Bean Pickle


Chitra said...

Its really a very useful post,thanks for sharing:)

tkp said...

Quite simple to follow and appeals for an easy grasp. Thanks for the guidance.

Manju said...


I discovered your blog while googling. Your posts are amazing! Your approach towards cooking is very scientific and analytical yet the descriptions are simple.

Keep up the good work :-)

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