East Indian Wedding Pickle

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Sweet, sour, salty, spicy, and tangy at the same time, the traditional East Indian wedding pickle takes a few weeks to prepare. This is our modified modern version of this mouth-watering raw papaya and carrot pickle.


No East Indian wedding can be complete without the infamous wedding pickle. Yes, you have the foogias and orias and sarapatel and vindaloo and more. But this raw papaya and carrot pickle is a must-have too!

Quite simply made with raw papaya and carrots, with garlic, ginger, chilies, black currants and khajoor aka dried dates, our traditional wedding pickle a labor of love that is really addictive to taste.

Almost umami in flavor because of the different spices used, wedding pickle is traditionally made by sun-drying the veggies a lot and then fermenting them in the barni aka ceramic jar.

Since we now live in apartment buildings instead of those old villas with balconies, we’ve modified the recipe a bit to reduce the sun time and increase the fermenting time to get the same taste! This is the wedding pickle that mom made for sis’s wedding back in Jan 2023.

Ingredients for the Wedding Pickle

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Carrots, raw papaya, garlic and chilies in the sun.
Carrots, raw papaya, garlic and chilies in the sun
Carrot and papaya covered with turmeric.
Carrot and papaya covered with turmeric
Black currants and slices of khajur.
Black currants and slices of khajur
Garlic and chilies in a pot.
Add garlic and chilies to the pot
Garlic and chilies in vinegar.
Garlic and chilies in vinegar
Slit chilles and garlic with holes poked in it.
Poke holes in the garlic
Add mustard seeds to the chilies, garlic and vinegar.
Add mustard seeds to the chilies, garlic and vinegar
The mustard seeds grow in the vinegar.
The mustard seeds grow in the vinegar
Wedding pickle in the barni.
Wedding pickle still fermenting
Pickle fermenting in the barni.
Let the pickle ferment
Close up look at the wedding pickle.
Close up look at the wedding pickle
Wedding pickle in a glass bowl.
Wedding pickle

This dish is served at most East Indian pre-wedding paanis, post-wedding dinners, and wedding day celebrations. It’s also made for other festive occasions. The pic below shows it at the start for my sister’s post-wedding dinner.

Wedding pickle in left bottom corner at sister's wedding dinner.
Wedding pickle in left corner at sister’s post-wedding dinner

It’ll go really well with most dishes, whether it’s foogias and mutton khudi, or chitaps and ukra, or orias and potato chops, the pickle made from carrots, raw papayas and wet and dry spices is the perfect accompaniment.

Wedding pickle in a glass bowl.

East Indian Wedding Pickle

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Sweet, sour, salty, spicy, and tangy at the same time, the traditional East Indian wedding pickle takes a few weeks to prepare. This is our modified modern version of this mouth-watering raw papaya and carrot pickle.
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Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Pickling Time 7 days
Total Time 7 days 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Pickle
Cuisine East Indian
Servings 50
Calories 26 kcal
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Ingredients
  

  • 250 Grams Carrots
  • 1 Raw Papaya small
  • 100 Grams Ginger
  • 100 Grams Green Chillies
  • 2 pods Garlic Flakes
  • 100 Grams Dried Dates
  • 50 Grams Black Currants
  • 50 Grams Cashewnuts Halves
  • 5 Tbsp Mustard Seeds
  • 5 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 375 ml Vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Slice the carrots and green papaya into sticks and cut the ginger into thick 1-inch slices.
  • Deseed the dried dates and cut into thin strips.
  • Apply turmeric powder and salt and allow to dry in the sun for 2 hours.
  • Slit the chillies in half and poke the garlic with toothpicks.
  • Add them to a pot along with the mustard seeds and vinegar and bring to boil before allowing them to cool.
  • Mix all the ingredients together and add to a barni (ceramic jar).
  • You can mix daily or leave it alone for seven to ten days.
  • Store in the barni till ready to serve.

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Nutrition (Per Serving)

Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 896IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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