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Pickles are an essential part of Indian cuisine. No meal is ever complete without a pickle. Its preparation and storage processes are cherish able memory of everyone’s childhood.
They are considered it the spice of life by every Indian household. Mothers and grandmothers are the ones who have been traditionally making these pickles. The process of making these pickles is very tedious and demand lot of time and effort. Starting from selecting the right quality and quantity of the primary ingredients is very crucial in preparing these condiments. Every slightest of the ingredient that goes into the condiment decides the taste and longevity of the pickle. Though it is used just as a side dish in most families with their meals a lot of method and protocol is followed in its preparation.
Some kind of authentic pickles that are made in south Indian states take about 3 to 4 months to get ready before they can be served. They are made with a meticulous eye for detail and also with log drawn process to ensure its longevity and also lipsmacking taste. Some of the most popular pickles that Indians can’t do without are:
All these pickles can be broadly divided into three categories based on their method of preparation.
Oil being the most commonly used ingredient in Indian cuisine, the pickles made in India are also predominantly preserved in oil. This is called Pickling and helps in longevity of the pickle. This process can be used on almost anything from vegetables, fruits, berries, gourds etc. This process also enables the pickle to last longer without refrigeration. Many nutritionists argue that the traditionally made pickles with sunflower oil, castor oil, seseame oil are extremely healthy and can cure many ailments if consumed in right proportions.
However this art of making pickles is dying, but bigTokari is trying to preserve it.
Some of the other pickles that are popular in other parts of the country are red chilli pickle, mix achaar, mix mirchi achaar, garlic achaar, stuffed red chilie achaar, ginger pickle, onion pickle etc. These tangy tasty pickles can be ordered online available on bigTokari platform.