Sunday, March 13, 2011

Date Pickle

Anybody in the mood for sweet, tangy, spicy pickle??? Well, both of us are very much in the mood. I have never tried my hands at making pickle. I never knew it's so simple and easy process. I love spicy food and I don't have to mention how much I am fond of pickles. When I was in hostel my roomie and myself used to survive on mom's homemade pickle. It used to get emptied very fast. All of us in my office will also be waiting for the spicy goodness. Whenever I go home I will be getting demands from my colleagues to bring packets of it. I remember stocking up her fish pickle in my hostel room and whenever the food is bad, pickle becomes our Saviour.

I usually don't like to do much of cooking during weekends. Saturdays are resting day for me and I won't be in a mood to cook anything on sunday after church. Lunch will be from church on all sundays and by the time we reach home it will be almost evening. This weekend was little different. 'A' was preparing for a certification course and I was having all the time in the world. Both of us don't like to eat dates in the raw form. But recently when we visited one of our relative they had yummy date pickle and I forgot to ask them about the recipe. I started searching relentlessly on the net. Finally I got some recipe to hang on. Now I am sure this one will top my list of favorite pickles !!!

Here goes the recipe:

Seedless Dates – 500 gms

Ginger-garlic paste – 4 tbsp

Chilli powder – 5 tbsp

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt – 5 tsp

Sugar – 3 tbsp

Vinegar – 1/2 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Oil – 5 tbsp

Method :

Cut each date into 4 pieces.  Heat oil in a pan and add the ginger-garlic paste. Fry on a low flame till the aroma comes out. Add chilli powder and turmeric powder. Stir and add vinegar, water, sugar and salt. When it starts boiling, add the chopped Dates. Simmer till the gravy is thick and it coats well on the Dates. Put off the fire. Cool and transfer it to a glass jar. This pickle can be served immediately. Store in the refrigerator. It has a long shelf life. Enjoy!

I am sending this to Kerala Kitchen contest hosted by Magpie Recipes 

The details about the group can be seen here.


  1. dates pickle is my favourite! Though I've never dared to venture into pickle-making yet. But this, I should definitely try... sounds mouth-watering!

  2. I am drooling dear...I love them very much..

  3. Sneha you must send this in to Kerala Kitchen!
    May I suggest that you also post the recipe source-will be useful to you later on and to readers too and gives the recipe credibility. (like a mention of the cookbook/ site with a link to it)When I started blogging I didn't either and then found myself having to delete those posts later on :(

    My mom makes date pickle too! must ask her how she makes it, esp after seeing yours!it is indeed a sweet n spicy treat!

  4. Never tried Dates pickle...Now I guess it’s high time i try ur recipe:-) The pickle is absolutely mouthwatering

  5. Wow this is cool ...looks so tempting ...thanks for sharing

  6. Love dates pickle and this looks perfect.

  7. @ Sarah: I think you should try your hands in pickle making. It's so easy !!!
    @Sunanda: I would like to send you one virtually !!!
    @Magpie: Thanks for your suggestion Rose. I will check from where I got the recipes and will update it in my post. I am sending this over to Kerala Kitchen !!!
    @ Ramya: Give it a try !!!
    @Priti and Jaisy : Thanks!!!

  8. Never heard of date pickle before...this looks so delicious! I've got an award for you! Please come by and pick it up :)

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