Pachranga pickle is an excellent condiment served with either rice or roti. It is a popular mixed pickle from the northern region of India consisting of a combination of amla (Indian gooseberry), karonda, kerda (pickle berries), kamal kakri (lotus stems), onion seeds (mangrella), raw mango, ginger, small lemons all cut into pieces, cured in oil, salt and spices.
Pachranga is a extremely flavorful pickle mixed with piquant spices and having a unique flavor. It pickle is commonly found in most of the Indian restaurants. It is a very popular Punjabi achaar and unlike all Punjabi pickles this too in made using mustard oil. Pachranga pickle as the name suggests is made using five main ingredients like raw mangoes, chick peas, lotus stem, karonda and amlas or limes which is pickled with whole spices. This spicy and delicious mixed pickle is a perfect accompaniment with Indian cuisines and goes excellent with parathas, roti or chapatti to tantalize your palates.
One can also add a number of vegetables of your choice if karonda or kerda is not available easily. These pickles are made of various types of vegetables, berries and spices along with other seasonings which make them flavorful, aromatic and stay for a longer period. Pickling is the best way to preserve perishable vegetables. Pickles are one of the most popular accompaniments sought for at every Indian home. Either they are prepared at home or purchased. It is one of the delectable food products that enhance the taste of any cuisine when eaten along. Pickles also taste exceptionally delicious when eaten with some hot steamed rice and ghee. It is well known for its rich aroma and appetizing taste as they contain natural herbs and spices besides being made with lots of passion, patience under hygienic conditions to preserve for longer days.
Mixed pickles have the health benefits of various vegetables and spices that are good for the body which keeps digestive system healthy, strengthen immune system. India has a large variety of pickles which includes Mango, Lime, Amla (Indian Gooseberry), Chilli, Vegetables, and Garlic etc. Mixed pickles have a combination of flavors and taste which makes it taste sour, tangy, and spicy.
To prepare the Pachranga pickle, firstly peel the skin of the mango and cut into long thin slices. De-seed the karonda (berries) and cut into halves. Peel the ginger and cut into match stick size. Remove top stems of kerda and scrape the upper surface of the lotus roots and cut cross section into circles. Slice the chilies into lengthwise halves. Soak all the above cut ingredients in salt and turmeric powder in water overnight. Remove water and spread on a cloth and after an hour transfer to a vessel. Add all the masala and cover with cloth and expose in the sun for 2 to 3 days. Keep stirring and tossing every morning and evening. When the masalas penetrate the pickles, add oil to cover everything. Store in air tight jar!
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In Indian cuisine, a mixed Indian pickle more likely contains fruits (mangoes and limes) along with seasonal vegetables. Indian pickles are prepared using oil unlike western pickles as they use lemon juice or some other acid as a souring agent instead of vinegar. Mixed pickles are pickles made from a variety of vegetables mixed together in the same pickling process. Mixed pickles are eaten much like other pickles: in small amounts to add flavor and to accent a meal.
Karonda fruit used in this pickle is a rich source of iron and contains a fair amount of Vitamin C. It is anti-scorbutic and very useful for cure of anemia. Mature fruit contains high amount of pectin and, therefore, besides being used for making pickle, it can be exploited for making jelly, jam, squash, syrup and chutney and lotus stem is also a great source of iron and are very much relished for their taste and nutritional value. They are very rich in iron and calcium content besides high dietary fiber and are highly recommended for pregnant women. People with chronic complain of constipation can also profit from its use.