• Sheetal Jandial

Instant Carrot Pickle

Updated: 5 days ago



Carrot and green chilli pickle is usually served in Northern India with Chole Masala or Pindi Chole, though it goes well with any Indian meal. There are various recipes and methods of preparing carrot pickle; this one’s an instant recipe, ready in 5 minutes.


This instant carrot pickle stores well for a week to ten days in the refrigerator and tastes even better once the flavours develop in a couple of days. Don’t worry about storing this recipe of carrot pickle for even a couple of weeks, as vinegar is an excellent preservative by itself.


To make a larger batch to store for a month or two, you could increase / double the quantities. The carrots and chillies maintain their crunch for a couple of weeks with this instant carrot pickle method.


I prefer to make this instant carrot pickle with red carrots abundantly available in India during winters. Better colour, better flavour… For the rest of the year, orange carrots work.


Ingredients to make Instant Carrot Pickle


2 medium carrots

6-7 green chillies

1 inch piece of ginger (optional)

2 tsp mustard oil or cooking oil of choice

2 tsp mustard seeds

1 tbsp vinegar

½ tsp turmeric powder / haldi

½ tsp black salt

Salt to taste


Method of making Instant Carrot Pickle


Cut the carrots in to batons, pat dry with a kitchen towel. Slit green chillies in to halves. Juillienne the ginger if adding. Powder the mustard seeds.


Mix all the ingredients, except the mustard oil or cooking oil, and let it rest for 30 minutes or so for the carrots and chillies start to soak in the flavours.


Heat the mustard oil in a pan. Add the carrots mix and cook on high heat for a couple of minutes. By now, the vinegar would have pretty much dried up. Let the carrot pickle cool in the pan and then transfer to a clean glass jar.


Even though this is an instant carrot pickle, it tastes better starting day two or three, once the flavours develop and blend.




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