Crunchy Apple Pickle

Do you love pickles?  Do they make your mouth water? Then you have to try this crunchy apple pickle! I am welcoming Fall with my favorite recipe!

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Crunchy Apple Pickle

Indian style pickles are hot and sour or sweet and sour and are made in the summer and preserved in oil and brine for the whole year. I remember my mother making pickles in the summer. I particularly liked the stuffed baby mango pickle she made. There was a particular week of the year, very early in the summer, that she got the baby mangoes. The whole process of brining and then stuffing them with the homemade pickle masala took about 5 days and I could not wait until I tasted that freshly made pickle! Like most of my mother’s food, her pickles too were legendary and as much as I strive to replicate her recipe, it still does not taste the same.

To say that I love great tasting pickles, is an understatement. They are my main course, instead of a condiment:)

So with the arrival of fall and the fresh crunchy apples, I make the apple pickle. I like using a tart granny smith apple for this pickle. The apples tend to go soft in a few days so I make a small batch at a time.

This time, I decided to make the pickle masala from scratch, in my hunt for that authentic tasting homemade pickle. The main ingredients in pickle masala are fenugreek seeds, split mustard dal and asafetida. Many times I use a store bought pickle masala which makes it even easier.

I start by making the tempering as it needs to cool before adding to the pickle.

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The tempering for the apple pickle. Notice how the mustard seeds change color

To make the masala, fry the methi seeds and the asafetida in the oil. My mother used a special Bandhani brand asafetida for pickles and I love that fragrance. So I use the same. Remove the methi seeds and grind them. Turn off the heat. In the same warm pan, roast the chili powder and add the split mustard seed dal. Combine all with the ground methi seeds and sea salt.

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Steps to making the pickle masala from scratch

Toss the diced apple in the pickle masala, making sure it coats the apples well.

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The diced apple coated with the pickle masala

Set it aside for about 30 minutes to marinate. The pickle masala will absorb some of the moisture from the apples.Add the cooled tempering and stir well.

Crunchy Apple Pickle

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the tempering-

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon black or red mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida or hing powder

For the pickle masala-

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon fenugreek/ methi seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida or hing powder
  • 6 teaspoons medium hot chili powder, or to taste
  • 4 teaspoons split mustard seed dal or mohri dal /rai kuria
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 large, tart, granny smith apple, cored and diced into ½ inch dice

To make the pickle-

  1. In a pan, heat the oil over medium heat for the tempering. Add the mustard seeds and when they start sputtering add the powdered asafetida or hing. Fry for a few seconds or until you see the powder ‘swell up’ and become fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. In a separate pan, make the pickle masala. Heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat. Add the fenugreek/ methi seeds and when they are turning golden, add the asafetida or hing powder. Fry for a few seconds and turn off the heat. Remove the methi seeds for grinding.
  3. In the same warm pan, add the chili powder and roast it to liven up the flavor. Add the mustard seed kuria, mix and add the sea salt and ground methi seeds. Let cool for a few minutes.
  4. Combine the pickle masala with the diced apple, mix and let the mixture marinate for about ½ an hour. Add the cooled tempering, combine well and serve!
  5. The pickle can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 3 days or so.

My mouth is watering as I write this. Luckily I have the pickle in the refrigerator!

Welcome Fall season with this Crunchy Apple Pickle!




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    1. Yes this was much loved by all. I am crazy for the spicy pickles so make a variety of them. wish you were close by. I would be so happy to have you as my taste tester!


  2. Hi Alonna, I am so happy you are going to try the apple pickle. It is one of my favorites. I love pickles and came up with this recipe to mimic the raw mango pickle in Maharashtra, India. The fresh crunchy crisp granny Smith apples in the fall inspired me to make this pickle.
    Thanks so much. Do let me know how you like the pickle.


  3. By first look it looks like a mango pickle, but seeing your title I couldn’t believe on my teas that we can make pickles from apples. Thats really such a great idea. Perfect & interesting recipe.

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  4. I’m not a huge pickle fan but need some occasionally especially with certain types of food like thepla, masala puri or khichdi. Using green apples to make a pickle is an awesome idea especially when raw mangoes are not available throughout the year. Easy recipe and chatpata!.

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  5. This is such a great idea. I still have some apples left in the backyard, may be I should give your version of pickle a try if time permits. I still have some apple chutney left from my previous batch but still I’m tempted to make….Yummy share!!

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  6. Omg Sandhya, never knew we could make this lip-smacking pickle from mangoes. I love the idea. The pickle looks so spicy and delicious. Bookmarking to try.

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  7. I am happy to see the generous amount of mustard and chillies in the pickle. We make this pickle often as we don’t get many mangoes with the Indian pickle sourness. So green apple is the next best bet.

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