May 11, 2012

Cucumber Pickle - a lipsmacking experience :)

Come summer, and we are all looking for a zillion ways to beat the heat right ? Think smoothies / raithas / mocktails – just about anything that would take just very little time to make and then make a dash to the pool !!

Today’s dish will let you do that – a yummy pickle thats quick to make, great to taste and a keeper surely J Cucumber Pickle was new to me as well till I made it..And boy ! Did we love it or what ?? S packed a whole box to his office where it got promptly polished off, and I loved to mix this with plain steamed rice or even lap it up with Parathas J 

Its tantalizingly good, and although am not a great fan of pickles, this version surely will feature regularly on my dining table – summer months or not ! I usually make Pachadi or Raitha or even Dal with Cucumbers, but making this lipsmacking pickle was a new culinary high for me ! 

Do try it out and let me know how you liked it. For now, this will go to my own event – Pickles/ Preserves Fest & a Giveaway (no,I am not eligible for the giveaway, but you are!) Hurry, and do link your entries for a wonderful giveaway! Also to Jayanthi who is hosting WTML & Krithi/ Denny's Serve it - Preserved

Lets get to the recipe now...

Prep time – 20 mins
No cooking required
Makes – Approx 150 - 200 gms of Pickle
Keeps for approximately a month or two (under refrigeration)
Difficulty level – medium
Serving SuggestionsParathas / Idli / Dosa / Plain steamed rice / Curd or yoghurt rice

(the quantities in the picture are only indicative but not actual measurements)
  • Cucumber (very tender variety) – 250 gms (or 2 medium sized ones)
  • Cooking Oil – ¼ cup (I used sunflower oil, but feel free to substitute with any flavourless oil)
  • Salt – to taste ( I used approx 3 TBSP)
  • Lemon juice  - ¼ cup

Pickle Masala powder:
  • Methi / Fenugreek seeds – 2 TBSP
  • Mustard seeds – 1 TBSP
  • Red Chilli powder – 3 TBSP
  • Asafoetida / Hing – ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Pickle Ingredients


1) Wash and pat dry the cucumbers. Deseed them and cube them. Lay the pieces on a plate lined with absorbent tissues.
2) Pat them dry with another paper towel.
3) For the pickle masala: Dry roast methi (fenugreek seeds) and mustard seeds separately. Powder them in a stone mortar (or briefly pulse them in a spice grinder). The former method of using a stone and pestle is preferred as heat from the mixer grinder doesn’t bear well with any pickle. Also dry roast the red chilli powder, turmeric and asafoetida separately and transfer to a plate.
4) Sterilise a glass jar (or a ceramic container). Dry thoroughly with a soft clean muslin cloth.
5) In a large clean glass bowl, add the cucumbers, the ingredients of the pickle masala (powdered mustard, powdered fenugreek, asafoetida , red chilli powder and turmeric powder) and give it a nice stir.

Pickle Consistency after two days
6) Now add the salt, lemon juice and oil and with a clean dry wooden spoon, mix the pickle well.
7) Keep lightly covered for 1 hour. The pickle will become oozy and irresistibly aromatic J
8) Stir once more and transfer to the sterilised container.
9) Refrigerate and use as required. I made a slightly large quantity, so it lasted for almost a month.


  1. Lipsmacking pickle definitely..super droolworthy..

  2. Woww. .Awesome and tempting pickle.. Thanks for sharing !!
    Indian Cuisine

  3. Very tempting pics kalyani, mouth-watering!!!

  4. lip smacking pickle...very tempting

  5. wow!!!cucumber pickle looks so tempting and delicious..will try this very soon..

  6. havent heard about this pickle before will try it thanks

  7. Super delicious pickle.. m drooling,, thanks for this:)

  8. Never considered pickling cucumber this way. i always wanted to try pickling them in just vinger but now I wanna try this first... :)

  9. Yum, never had something like this, looks delicious.

  10. I almost thought it was lemon looks so tempting and I'm sure it must have tasted fantastic....thanks for linking...Jayanthi(

  11. This is awesome... wish you could send this to our event..
    Serve It - Preserved

  12. true to description - lip smacking!!.. perfect clicks. I've never heard of hot pickle with cucumber.

  13. wow...super pickle Kalyani!! looks too tempting...bookmarked!!
    Spicy Treats

  14. Hi
    Looks so tempting I am gonna make this... thanks for the recipe...

  15. Prepared this just now,my home is full of aroma...allowed to rest it for 1 hr as mentioned,cant wait until I taste it....thanks for the recipe....


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