Monday, April 19, 2010

Sweet and Spicy- Grapes and Dates Pickle

This pickle is a sweet and sour delight which my mom used to make. It has a great flavor and great taste. Pickles is an indispensable among the 12 - 14 varieties of dishes that forms part of the Kerala sadhya and there are different varieties of pickle. There is a very popular variety of date pickle with lemon. This one is also equivalent to it in taste. This can be stored for a month. Within a week the color becomes darker and the correct sweetness which you will all love.

Grapes- 2 cups
Dates - 1 cup
Ginger cut into thin strips- 4-5 tsp
Garlic - 15 - 20
Green Chilly- 3-4
Chilly powder- 3 - 4 tsp
Fenugreek Powder- 1 tsp
Asafoetida powder- 1 tsp
Oil- 1/4 cup
Salt- 3 tsp
Sugar- 1 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Vinegar- 1/4 cup

Wash and dry up the grapes.Cut grapes into half or you can keep it whole as you prefer. Put in salt and keep it for about 4 to 5 hours
Cut ginger into strips, chop green chilly and cut garlic into half. Mix up all the powders- (chilly, asafoetida,fenugreek) and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and put in mustard seeds and ginger, garlic and green chilly and allow it to get roasted in a medium flame. Put off the flame and give it a few second. Add the dry ingredients when the oil is still hot and mix well. Now bring it back to stove and roast it in a very low flame. It should not get burned. Now add in grapes and dates and allow the water to evaporate. Finally add sugar and vinegar

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy!!!

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