Monday, November 30, 2009

Dates Pickle

My friend M’s mom is a very good cook.I like the ease at which she talks about cooking and the flair with which she does it.Sad,I can’t taste most of the dishes she cooks.Why,you may ask—because she cooks excellent non-veg dishes and I am a vegetarian.She feels satisfied when people happily gorge down the food she cooks and is very sad when I stick with salads and pickles.Ajay loved the lunch/dinner invites at their place and was always exhausted by the time he finished coz he just wouldn’t be able to choose which dish to eat!!

Whenever I’m there,she takes care to prepare a vegetarian main dish-pulao or fried rice.Once,she was especially happy and shoved towards me a plate full of pulao with something on the side.I wondered what it was and reconfirmed if it was vegetarian.She gave me the thumbs up and I tasted it.One spoon after the other,I was hooked.I forgot all about the pulao:).

I’ve always wanted to make the yummy Dates pickle that she made that day but never got around asking the recipe.Few months back when I met her,I hurriedly wrote down the recipe and wanted to make it ASAP.But since the recipe measures were for ½ a kg of dates,I was a bit apprehensive.Then comes Bharathy with her rocking dates pickle and would you believe that it is the exact recipe I had but with just 10 Dates,enough to satisfy my cravings..YAY!!

Dates Pickle
Recipe courtesy M’s mom—made easier by Bharathy


Dates – 10,deseeded

Green chillies finely minced-2
Ginger – a one inch piece- chopped
Garlic - 4 cloves- chopped
White vinegar-1-2 tbsps
Sugar – ½ tsp[I increased it to 1]
Chilly powder-1 tbsp
Asafoetida/Hing – ¼ tsp
Fenugreek/Methi-Roasted and powdered finely– 1/4 tsp[I didn’t add this]
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Salt - As needed

Ingredients for the seasoning

Oil – ½ cup[I reduced it to ¼ cup]
Curry leaves – a sprig
Mustard seeds- ½ tsp


Cut each Dates into 4 pieces.
Heat oil in a pan.add green chillies, ginger, garlic bits and curry leaves.Saute for a few seconds.
Add dates.Keep the flame to minimum or just put off and add the all the powders. Ensure they are mixed up and heated well enough,rather than getting burnt.
Add vinegar(I added a little water, just enough to make the pickle a little saucy-as I love that way :)..though addition of water is strictly 'Not' recommended as in any pickles).Adjust the flame and bring the sauce to a boil.
Add salt and sugar.Mix well.
Store the dates pickle in a ceramic jar or glass bottle.


  1. New one to me must try as We get awesome dates here.....nd I too face the same thing when i go out for dinenr nd lunch :P

  2. dates pickle is my favorite, excellent accompaniment with any biriyani too!!

  3. Wow dates pickles looks very unique and innovative...feel like picking few from the click..

  4. I have always had pickles which were packed in these huge jars sent by grand mom. This is one recipe for a pickle a person like me can try.

  5. wooooww.....i love dates pickle and yours looks droolworthy!!since the amount is less it is triable....making prawns pickle today!so this in pending list....

  6. I have ssen this in bharathy's place and you have indeed done justice to her recipe, looks so good here too.

  7. I ve locally grown dates now, I am gonna make and let u know! Sounds great with puloa!

  8. i absolutely love hot and sweet pickles, they are the best!

  9. and sweet..looks elegant with so many spices! reminds me of your yam pickle. I will surely try it.

  10. Pickle looks tangy and delish Divya

  11. Definitely going to try this recipe. How long can it be stored?


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