Thursday, October 9, 2008
I love me some Indian pickle, my favorites are mixed vegetable and lemon or lime pickle. If you've never tried this kind of pickle before, it's got little in common with western style pickles, except for the fact that they are preserved vegetables (or fruit) most often pickled in salt or oil rather than a water brine. I prefer a spicy, pungent oily pickle, but often pickle comes in a sweet variety as well. There are lots of brands and varieties to choose from, if you don't have access to an Auntie pickle supplier, I suggest you hunt some down since the taste experience will most likely change your life. And also, before you embarrass yourself, its pickle--never plural with an s, and this shit is strong, so you just need to eat a little little piece, until you acclimate.
My absolute favorite is Laxmi Brand, manufactured and distributed in the US and made with no artificial ingredients or preservatives.
Look! Nothing more than lemon, oil, spices and salt.
Laxmi is easily scored at well stocked Indian markets, so check it out. If you can't find any, Patak is another brand that's easier to find and makes a good variety, also with clean ingredients. I prefer Laxmi, 'cuz she's a snazzy dresser, and I like to roll with the goddess of wealth and material contentment.
Here's a picture of my lunch today. Enough material contentment for the week; uttapam with oily-good lemon pickle.
There are also lots of pickle recipes online and in Indian cookbooks. Dakshin has a lemon pickle that is really easy to make (you don't have to leave it in the hot sun for a month like many recipes will tell you), and you can make it with organic lemon. Seriously, there's nothing better than having a secret bucket of homemade pickle tucked away behind the vegenaise . Also, it lasts forever, unless you live in a hurricane zone and lose power frequently, in which case you can bring it with you on your merry evacuations.