Pickles are an integral part of all cuisines pan India. In fact pickles are popular accompaniments all over the world and are known as chutneys, sauces, relishes, spreads. Pickles are consumed to add a zing or a tang taste to an otherwise boring everyday food chart.
So what are pickles? Pickles are ‘pickled’ seasonal vegetables- preserved to last till the next season of produce. Green mangoes, green chillies, lemons, carrots, cauliflower, turnips, radish and even lotus stem can be pickled. Mixed vegetable pickle is a quintessential add-on in the North of India because the vegetables used like carrots, turnips and cauliflower are cultivated there, harvested and pickled after harvesting.
Similarly green mangoes are pickled in the south as avakai, pickled baby mangoes, the variety is endless, depending on the state and culinary habits of the citizens.
With e-commerce at its best it is now possible to make every pickle everywhere, because all ingredients and vegetables can be bought on line. As for recipes- u name it, look for it and bingo! There it is for you to try
The most important factor in pickling is OIL. Oil is what brings out the flavour and acts as a preservative. There is significant difference in flavour of pickles made in the North and pickles made in the south because the north cultivates and uses mustard oil and the south grows more groundnut so groundnut oil
Keeping that in mind Freedom produces the best quality oils like groundnut oil for pickling as well as routine cooking