If you’re afraid of the chilli then run away and duck for cover as this bad boy is not for the faint of heart! This Indian green chilli pickle uses a traditional mix of pickling spice to give a flavoursome but punchy pickle. Make a large jar and share the joy of it with everyone you know! Maybe warn them that it gets hotter the longer you keep it though…
Makes a jar:
30 serrano chillies or approx. 50 green finger chillies
2 tbsp whole yellow mustard seeds
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp asafoetida
1 tsp medium or hot chilli powder
1 tsp ground turmeric
Juice of one lemon
5 tbsp of vegetable oil
1. First you need to get going with the preparation for the pickling spice mix. The mustard, fennel and fenugreek seeds one spice at a time and dry roast in a small pan until fragrant. Each spice should take around 30 seconds to roast; put them aside to cool down.
2. Grind the spices so they are coarse and add the salt, asafoetida, chilli powder and turmeric to the mixture.
3. Next up wash and pat dry the chillies of your choice before chopping into 2mm pieces. If you want to reduce the heat level in the pickle then you can remove some or all of the chilli seeds as you go.
4. The pickle needs to be kept in air tight jar (I use Kilner jars which have a proper seal) and make sure the jar is properly sterilised. Now it’s time to mix the pickling spices, chillies, lemon juice and oil together and give a good old stir before putting into the jar. I then push the chilli mixture down a bit with the back of a spoon to level it out a bit and you can then top it up with extra oil if needed in order to create a protective layer if you find the chillies have absorbed some of it.
That’s all there’s to it! The pickle can be used straightaway however I like to leave it for at least a day to develop the flavour- if you resist!