kalakkai pickle recipe | Bengal current | கிளாக்காய் ஊறுகாய்

kalakkai pickle recipe | Bengal current | கிளாக்காய் ஊறுகாய் is prepared using tasty bengal current fruit which is called as kalakkai , with spices and salt.

Botanical name – Carissa carandas is a flowering shrub which produces berries, that are commonly used in pickles. Common name include “bengal currant” (English), “kali maina” (Marathi), “Vakkaya” (Telugu) and “kalakkai” (tamil). This fruit is rich in iron, so used in treatment of anemia. It contains a fair amount of vitamin C and pectin. It is a useful ingredient in jelly, jam, syrup and chutney too. Ripe fruits exude a white latex when severed from the branch. Today let us see how to prepare a pickle using this fruit.

kalakkai pickle recipe  –  Ingredients:-
  • kalakkai – 100 grams
  • mustard seeds/ kadugu – 1 tsp
  • fenugreek seeds/ vendhayam – 1 tsp
  • red chilly powder/ milagai podi – 2 tblsp
  • salt – 2 tblsp

For tempering:-

  • gingely oil/ nal ennai – 2 tblsp
  • mustard seeds/ kadugu – 1/2 tsp
  • asafoetida/ perungaayam – 1/2 tsp
Fresh green kalakkai
Fresh green kalakkai
Mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds
Mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds
Red chilly powder and salt
Red chilly powder and salt
kalakkai pickle recipe – Method of preparation:-

1. Firstly dry roast mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds in a fry pan. When it splutters and fenugreek seeds turns brown colour, switch off the stove.

Roasting mustards seeds and fenugreek seeds
Roasting mustards seeds and fenugreek seeds

2. Secondly cool down to room temperature and grind it in a mixie.

Ground mixture
Ground mixture

3. Further in another fry pan heat 2 table spoons of gingely oil.

Heating gingely oil in pan
Heating gingely oil in pan

4. Add mustard seeds and asafetida.

Add mustard seeds and asafoetida
Add mustard seeds and asafoetida

5. When it splutters add kalakkai.

Kalakkai added to fry pan
Kalakkai added to fry pan

6. Fry for a few minutes. When cracks appear on the fruit switch off the stove.

Frying kalakkai
Frying kalakkai

7. Add red chilly powder and salt.

Salt and red chilly powder added
Salt and red chilly powder added

8. Finally add ground powder of mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.

Ground powder of mustard and fenugreek seeds added
Ground powder of mustard and fenugreek seeds added

9. Cool down and store it in a container. Refrigerate it and use.

kalakkai pickle recipe | Bengal current | கிளாக்காய் ஊறுகாய்
kalakkai pickle recipe | Bengal current | கிளாக்காய் ஊறுகாய்

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