Carrot and Pepper Pickle
Gajar aur Mirch ka achar

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Carrot and pepper pickle is a very quick and delicious Indian style pickle. You can use Jalapeno or serrano pepper. I have used serrano peppers, which are easily available in the USA. These are spicy peppers which are very close to Indian thick green chilies used for pickle. You can use any thick and spicy peppers available in your part of world.

About this pickle idea- Sometime back we went to an Indian restaurant in Chicago. They had served this carrot and pepper pickle with stuffed paratha. We really liked the taste of this pickle as it was very light with just a few spices and almost no oil, so it was more like a salad. My Gujarati friends also make this pickle/salad, so I am not sure about the origin of this pickle. I decided to give it a try. I have made the pickle with a few alterations so that it doesn't spoil for quite some time.

Carrots are a good source of vitamin A, so I like to use a lot of carrots in my cuisine. Its a vegan pickle and is very low on calories. Here is my version of carrot and pepper pickle. Hope you like this recipe. Please do share your comments. Happy cooking, Shuchi

carrot and pepper pickle
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
cooking time: 0 minutes
about 15 calories in each serving

Ingredients (Makes about 450 gms (about 1 lbs) pickle

  • Carrots 3-4 medium
  • Peppers about ¼ pound/ 125 grams
  • Vegetable oil 3 tbsp
  • Ground red chilli ½ tsp
  • Ground mustard seeds ½ tbsp
  • Turmeric powder ½ tsp
  • Salt 1½ tsp
  • Distilled white vinegar 1 tbsp

Method of preparation:

  1. Peel, wash and cut carrots in circles/ slices. Wash, pat dry and cut peppers into slices.
  2. Pat dry carrots and pepper on a clean kitchen towel. Ideally, dry the pepper and carrots for a few hours in the sun. In case it is not practical, dry the veggies on a clean cloth indoors for a few hours. Note- you can skip this air or sun dry part, in that case keep the pickle in the fridge.
carrots and pepper
carrots and pepper slices
  1. In a bowl take oil, vinegar, turmeric, red chili powder, ground mustard and salt.
carrot and pepper pickle ingredients
carrot and pepper pickle ingredients
  1. Mix well all the spices. Add in sliced carrots and pepper. Mix well.
carrot and pepper pickle
carrot and pepper pickle
  1. Transfer the carrot pepper pickle in a clean glass jar. Keep under the sun for a couple of days. Again, if it is cloudy- keep aside for a couple of days so that the pickle gets ready.
  1. Delicious carrot and pepper pickle gets ready in a couple of days. It goes well with paratha, dal chawal or any other combination of Indian food.
  2. This carrot and pepper pickle can be stored for a couple of months.
carrot and pepper pickle

Some Tips/ Suggestions:

  1. For carrots and pepper pickle you can use jalapeno pepper, serrano pepper or any other thick green peppers. You can also grow these peppers in your home garden.
peppers
peppers
  1. Turmeric is an optional ingredient for this pickle. I like to add turmeric as it has quite a few medicinal values.
  2. Vinegar is an optional ingredient. I add vinegar so the pickle doesn't get moldy. If you are not adding vinegar keep this pickle in the fridge .
  3. Air drying or sun drying is an important part in any pickle. If you do not have time to dry the carrots ans pepper for a few hours then keep the pckle in the fridge so it doesn't get moldy .
  4. You can also add a hint of crushed methi seeds in this pickle .

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