Garlic pickle recipe, poondu oorugai

garlic-pickle-recipeGarlic pickle recipe with lemon, spice powder and very less oil. Super easy procedure with full video, stepwise pictures. Just need 5 days to get ready and goes well with curd rice.

My mom in law told me this recipe 3 years back, which I typed in a notepad and kept. But somehow not convinced to try. I have not tried garlic pickle at all earlier. Big no for store bought pickles, except for a very south Indian stylish lemon pickle if I see, I pick for my own consumption. Otherwise make small batches of pickles like mostly neer nellikai, vadumanga, mango thokku, tomato thokku, instant mango pickle, narthangai pachadi
garlic-pickle

So when I made a quick trip to India 2 weeks back, I tasted this pickle for first time and loved it. Vj too liked. There was no too much of garlic smell or kaaram. So decided to try it out when I come back to Singapore for our own use. So far, past couple of years, luckily we used to get Indian garlic, which has small cloves. Now, when I wanted smallest cloves of garlic, for making this pickle, I checked in nearby groceries, to my disappointment there was only malai poondu (large variety).

Happy that at least I had Indian garlic. So used it cut into two or three and made this pickle, made post too.  If you get garlic that are small, it is best for this pickle. Otherwise you can try with what you get. Check out this video on how to peel garlic, earlier I posted for garlic cheese dosa. It works best for large variety I guess.

Keep refrigerated. Use within a month.

Easy garlic pickle recipe

Garlic pickle recipe with lemon, spice powder and very less oil. Super easy procedure with full video, stepwise pictures. Just need 5 days to get ready and goes well with curd rice.

  • 1/2 cup Garlic small variety (peeled)
  • 5 Lemon (Indian small variety)
  • Salt – as needed

To roast, powder

  • 12 red chillies
  • 1/8 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp oil

To temper

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  1. Peel garlic. Cut into two if it is big.In a kadai, heat 1 tsp oil and roast red chillies, asafoetida, fenugreek seeds in medium flame.
  2. Once fenugreek seeds are golden roasted, remove everything in a plate for cooling.
  3. Grind once cooled into a powder along with salt.
  4. In a pickling jar, preferably porcelain or glass, take peeled garlic.
  5. Add the powdered spice mix and squeeze all the lemon over it. Lemon should me more, enough to completely coat the garlic along with spice mix.
  6. In a kadai, heat a tsp of oil and temper mustard. Mix to the pickle.
  7. Keep aside for 4-5 day, shaking or mixing everyday.
  • Use (south)Indian small variety garlic. If big, cut each clove into 2-3 for easily getting soaked.
  • Give it a mix each day for evenness in taste.
  • For lazy version, just mix store bought chilli powder, lemon, garlic and salt. No tempering too.
  • Tastes better when it gets soaked more.
  • Use half spicy chillies and half kashmiri red chillies for super bright red colour.
  • My red chillies are medium spiced.
  • Let the lemon and red chilli be balanced with salt all together for best taste.
  • Add lemon, salt generously for more shelf life.

How to make garlic pickle stepwise pictures:

  1. Peel garlic. Cut into two if it is big.
  2. step-1-ingredients

  3. In a kadai, heat 1 tsp oil and roast red chillies, asafoetida, fenugreek seeds in medium flame. Once fenugreek seeds are golden roasted, remove everything in a plate for cooling.
  4. step-2-roast

  5. Grind once cooled into a powder along with salt.
  6. step-3-powder

  7. In a pickling jar, preferably porcelain or glass, take peeled garlic. Add the powdered spice mix.
  8. step-4-mix

  9. Squeeze all the lemon over it. Lemon should me more, enough to completely coat the garlic along with spice mix.
  10. step-5-lemon

  11. In a kadai, heat a tsp of oil and temper mustard. Mix to the pickle. Keep aside for 4-5 day, shaking or mixing everyday.
  12. step-6-final-step

Enjoy the garlic pickle with curd rice. As it is mixed and soaked with lemon, the garlic smell is just balanced. Keep refrigerated. Use within a month.
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