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Nilava Allam Pachadi – Ginger Pickle

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Amma prepares pickles which are out of the world and today I’m blogging one of her most-relished pickle recipes using ginger. A bright, unique flavored achar, nilava allam pachadi aka ginger pickle is a perfect combination of sweet and spice. During the pickle preparation the gingery aroma that fills the kitchen is intoxicating and makes your taste buds sing.:) Prepared from fresh ginger root, dry red chillis, tamarind and jaggery, this fiery gingery pickle can spice up your meal be it with rice, rotis, dosas or idlis and works as a digestive aid too. Stays fresh for quite a while if refrigerated.

nilava allam pachadi

Nilava Allam Pachadi Recipe

Recipe Source: Amma

Prep & Cooking: 30 mts

Cuisine: Andhra

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Ingredients:

100 gms ginger root, remove skin, wash, dry and slice

100 gms tamarind

100 gms grated jaggery or sugar

5 Kashmiri red chillis (adjust to suit your spice level)

1 1/2 – 2 tbsps salt

a little over one-fourth cup oil

1 tsp methi/fenugreek seeds/menthulu

2 tsp coriander seeds/dhania/dhanyalu

1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera/jeelakara

For tempering/poppu/tadka:

1 tsp mustard seeds

10 fresh curry leaves

8-10 cloves garlic

2-3 tsps oil

1 Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, add the sliced ginger and fry till light pink, approx 3-4 mts. Remove and cool.
2 Meanwhile, add just enough hot water to the tamarind such that its immersed and let it soak such that it softens. Cool.
3 In a pan, add one or two tsps oil, add methi seeds and fry till they turn slightly red, add the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and red chillis and fry for 2-3 mts. Cool, make a fine powder and keep aside.
4 Once cool, grind the fried ginger slices, softened tamarind, jaggery and salt to a fine paste. Remove onto a dish and add the ground spice pwd.
5 Heat 2 tsps oil in a pan, add the mustards seeds and let them crackle. Add the curry leaves and crushed garlic and fry for a few seconds. Add this to the ginger pickle and combine well. Store the pickle in an airtight container and refrigerate.

ginger pickle

Note:

Alternately, you can add store bought or pre-ground red chilli pwd (used for preparing pickles) 1 1/2 -2 tbsps and 1 tsp methi pwd to the ground ginger mixture instead of frying the dry red chillis and methi seeds. Coriander seeds and cumin are optional ingredients.

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By • Jul 15th, 2008 • Category: All Recipes, Andhra Recipes, Indian Pickles

  • http://delhibelle.blogspot.com/ Rashmi

    what a stunning colour, Sailu!
    Do you think it would work if I reduce the jaggery as I am not too fond of the sweetness?

    You can reduce jaggery and the amount of red chillis as well.

  • http://gaurigharpure.blogspot.com Gauri

    the photo says it all… wow!

  • http://www.reluctantchefs.blogspot.com A&N

    It looks beautiful. My granny used to make this :)

  • http://monsoonspice.com sia

    gosh, thats a real beauty sailu. i have a bottle of priya ginger pickle and i adore it. as soon as it gets over(very soon IMO;) i’ll try ur ginger pickle recipe.
    and once again WOW @pics…

  • Mangala

    Will try one of these days Sailu…:)

  • Kovida

    Wow…what a mouth watering picture..My Mom also prepares this pickle.But she never stored in fridge.Its fresh even after 6 months. Is it compulsory to store in frdge???

    Yes, you need to refrigerate.

  • R.Punitha

    Hai Sailu , i’m Punitha, Your Allam pachadi looks awesome and it’ll match for idli . dosa, bread, chappathi , upma, and curd rice. It is a multi purpose dish and also it has medcinal value too….
    Thank you a lot Sailu…. Bye…

  • http://www.zaiqa.net Mona

    Looks divine. I love chutneys and this looks delicious! I am definitely going to try this one, thnx for sharing!

  • haritha

    wow I always like this pickle served here in Atlanta in krishna vilas
    I sometimes go to their restaurant to have a taste of this pickle
    cool now I can make it in my home
    great sailu
    bye

  • http://www.curryinkadai.blogspot.com kalva

    Wow lovely pickle… My sister MIL makes the sweet version.. lovely pics

  • http://www.asankhana.blogspot.com notyet100

    looks delicious,,thnks for sharing,..ginger pickle is new to me…

  • Cham

    Wow, that is a killer picture color :) Looks beautiful the pickle

  • http://publishtoday.blogspot.com maheswari

    Beautiful color.I bet this will be a very good combo for curd rice.

  • http://www.spicytasty.com/ Shriya

    My mom used to make this version. I love the color and its just very inviting and looks delicious. Now you remind me of this I think am gonna make it this week. thanks for sharing.

  • http://letusallcook.blogspot.com/ sangeeth

    lovely recipe sailu….will surely try soon..

  • http://veggiefoodist.blogspot.com/ Bharti

    That looks like one amazing pickle! One more on my list to try from your blog. Beautiful picture.

  • Madhu

    Wow!! pics look awesome, I love pickles a lot, can you also post nilava mamidiyakaya, Vankaya, dondakaya……..etc pachidillu sometime……..Thank you

  • Veena

    Thank You! Sailu.

  • http://cookingandme.com nags

    i hate ginger pickle, but strangely, have been thinking of making it for a while now! i know, weird!! and now u posted a great recipe for it :)

  • http://kailaskitchen.blogspot.com Jayasree

    Your pickle has got eye catchy color… Love pickles of all kinds, though I am restricting myself these days. But I am tempted to try this.

  • http://kitchenflavours.blogspot.com Lubna Karim

    Thank you for giving a good better half of morning breakfast like Edli’s and Doasa’s. Ginger as an early breakfast treat is good for health also. Nice post.

  • amar

    It is mouth watering

  • http://www.wow-vegetarian.com Sathya Sai Ram

    Im not really a fan of ginger pickles, but more of mango pickles.
    When will u be trying mango pickles?

  • http://envittuvirundhusamayal.blogspot.com rashmi

    ur ginger pickle looks awsome “mouthwatering”
    my mother used to make this…..

    do visit my blog when u find time…and leave ur comments and suggestions…
    http:envittuvirundhusamayal.blogspot.com

  • http://jugalbandi.info bee

    your amma’s recipe and your photograph – pure bliss.

  • siri

    Hai sailu garu,
    Pickle looks great. the first thing i saw was indian flag colours though.

  • http://www.meesosweetandspicy.blogspot.com meeso

    I have become too addicted to these types of pickles, but I only get the chance to eat the pre-made jarred kind… I have never attempted it myself, looks soooo good though!

  • http://ramkicooks.blogspot.com/2008/03/1001-south-indian-blended-curries.html Ramki

    This gorgeous red Pachadi goes straight to my One Page cookbook – 1001 Pachadis

  • http://kitchenflavors.blogspot.com/ Praneetha

    WOW what a color and the pickle looks just awesome and my taste buds have already tickled ;) My mother makes exactly the same way. I will have to try out sometime, not sure if I can reach upto your level.

    Btw, I am also from Vizag. Good to see a popular blogger from my hometime.

    Praneetha
    http://kitchenflavors.blogspot.com/

    Please visit my blog and give me your valuable suggestions.

  • http://asuitablespice.blogspot.com Minti

    I made this recipe exactly as it is given here. Delicious! Hopefully it won’t go bad on me before I finish the jar.

  • lalitha

    Looks awesome but I don’t think 5 red chillis will bring that much colour.

    Kashmiri red chillis give a nice red color and probably we used more than 5 chillis to suit our palate.

  • Sudha

    Hi Sailu,

    I am new to the blog. I came across your site when i am searching for gobi manchuria. Pickle looks delicious. All the items in your site are so interesting with Great Pictures.

  • bharathi

    It is so nice..I have added little chana dal also for additional taste

  • Anu

    Hello Sailu,

    Your allam pachadi sounds easy to prepare. Thank you for sharing it.

    It’s on my menu for today’s lunch : )

    Anu

  • http://madhukitchen.blogspot.com madhavi

    Hi Sailu garu,

    I m a regular visitor of ur blog. this allam pachadi looks so yummy and i tried today. it turned out well but i didn’t get ur red colour. how will i get it. thank you for sharing it.

    Madhavi

    • http://sailusfood.com Sailu

      You have to use Kashmiri Red chillis and you will get that red color, Madhavi.

  • kalyon

    Wanted to know if we can substitute kokum for tamrind…plz let me know..!

    • http://sailusfood.com Sailu

      Tamarind works best.

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  • Monica

    Hi Sailu,
    I am a silent follower of your blog for more than a year. I have tried most of your recipes and each and every recipes turned absolutely perfect. Yesterday i tried the ginger pickle it tastes great., but i didn’t get your color. I got a kind of brownish color and i used regular store brought SWAD chillis. Is it bcoz of that?

  • Monica

    Hi Sailu,
    I am a silent follower of your blog for more than a year. I have tried most of your recipes and each and every recipes turned absolutely perfect. Yesterday i tried the ginger pickle it tastes great., but i didn’t get your color. I got a kind of brownish color and i used regular store brought SWAD chillis. Is it bcoz of that?

    • Anonymous

      I used Kashmiri Red chilies which yield a beautiful red color.

    • Anonymous

      I used Kashmiri Red chilies which yield a beautiful red color.

  • Kdevanandan

    Would you please ask your mother for a good recipe with mango-ginger?

  • Kdevanandan

    Would you please ask your mother for a good recipe with mango-ginger?

  • Kdevanandan

    Would you please ask your mother for a good recipe with mango-ginger?

  • rebecca

    Its not easy for me to get tamarind in my country, can i substitut with tamarind concentrate or paste?

  • Syarramsetty

    mam i preapred this but salt is too high in my pickle how to correct it