sweet and sour mango pickle recipe, punjabi aam ka achaar recipe

by dassana amit updated March 21, 2014

sweet and sour mango pickle, punjabi sweet and sour mango pickle

sweet and sour mango pickle recipe - posting one more favorite sweet mango pickle recipe before the mango season fades. this mango pickle is made with jaggery, nigella seeds and fenugreek seeds.

an easy, simple no fuss pickle without any oil. i am enjoying the mangoes so much in this hot hot weather that i can’t seem to get enough of them. i called up mom-in-law especially for this pickle as the hubby was asking for it to be made. also this is a recipe request from my facebook fan page. i already another recipe of making punjabi mango pickle.

there are two ways of making this mango pickle. either you cook everything together or keep the pickle in sun for 2-3 days. both ways the jaggery that is used in the pickle thickens a bit.

sweet sour mango pickle recipe

if you cook you will get softer texture of mangoes. if you keep in the sun than the mangoes will have a little crispness to them. you decide how you would love to make this pickle.

i kept the mango pickle in the sun for 3 days…. and what i got was a sweet, spicy, sour pickle with a somewhat crisp mango pieces that have absorbed all the flavors of the spices .

sweet sour punjabi mango pickle

the sweet and sour mango pickle is excellent with rotis, parathas, stuffed parathas and even simple dal-rice. you can just have it plain or straight from the jar.

since this is a no oil recipe, my suggestion would be to keep the pickle in the refrigerator. the jaggery and spices do help in preserving the pickle. but still better to keep in the refrigerator. make sure you use clean utensils and a clean sterilized bottle to store the mango pickle.

starting with step by step punjabi sweet & sour mango pickle recipe:

1: firstly wash and wipe dry the raw mangoes. peel the skin and chop the mangoes into bite sized pieces or small pieces. collect these in a bowl. discard the seeds.

wash the mangoes for sweet sour mango pickle

2: now add all the spices, spice powders, salt and jaggery.

add spices to mangoes for pickle recipe

3: mix well. the jaggery will melt and the whole mixture will look watery. keep in the sun for 2-3 days till the jaggery syrup thickens and the mango pieces tenderize a bit. instead of drying in the sun you can just cook everything together.

mix mango pickle mixture

4: this is a close up pic of the mango pickle on the 3rd day. i kept for 3 days in the sun.

sweet sour mango pickle on third day

5: store the mango pickle in a clean or sterilised jar. keep in a cool dark place or keep in the refrigerator. enjoy the sweet and sour mango pickle just plain or with any meal.

punjabi mango pickle recipe


if you are looking for more pickle recipes then do check green chilli pickle, bitter gourd pickle and punjabi mango pickle recipe.

sweet and sour mango pickle recipe below:

sweet and sour mango pickle , punjabi style
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sweet and sour punjabi mango pickle recipe
Recipe type: side
Cuisine: north indian, punjabi
Serves: 1 medium bottle
  • 3-4 raw small to medium sized mangoes, rinsed, peeled, stoned and chopped, approx 3.5 to 4 cups of chopped mangoes
  • 1 tbsp nigella seeds/kalonji
  • ½ tbsp fenugreek seeds/methi seeds or methi dana
  • 1 or 1.5 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 or 1.5 cup powdered jaggery or sugar – add more if required
  • salt or black salt as required
  1. mix all the ingredients with the chopped mangoes.
  2. check the taste.
  3. if required add more jaggery or salt or chili powder
  4. keep in the sun for 2-3 days till the jaggery thickens a bit and the mangoes tenderize a bit.
  5. if cooking, then cook for some minutes till the jaggery melts and thickens a bit.
  6. cover the cooked mango pickle with a clean kitchen napkin and let it cool.
  7. store mango pickle in a clean bottle or jar.
  8. serve punjabi mango pickle with any indian meal or parathas or have it plain.
the red chili powder and jaggery can be adjusted to suit your taste.

you can also add sugar instead of jaggery.

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PHILIP KURUVILLA November 28, 2013 1


Your pickle is super. I tried and is good. But do you have any recipe of veg pickles of hot and sweet taste which can last for above 6 months without any fungus development. If so will you please spare the same with me ?.


Philip Kuruvilla


dassana December 1, 2013 2

thanks. right now i don’t have any such pickle recipe. i will have try making such a pickle. since all the recipes are tried and tested, i will have to make such a pickle and then post about it.


sara July 10, 2013 3

Hi I’m making this for a friend who is from Pakistan. I’m unsure how much salt to add, as I have never tasted anything like this. Also, I was reading other comments, do you want mangoes that are not completely ripe for this recipe?
Thanks a bunch


dassana July 11, 2013 4

hi sara. the mangoes have to be raw and not ripe. well on the salt, you just have to taste it. that will help. its the same taste that we do for our other recipes. not too much nor too less of the salt.


d lydhia sylvia June 20, 2013 5

I liked your recipe very much I want to know how to make mango pickle with the seed


dassana June 20, 2013 6

i have never made mango pickle with the seed, though have had them before. you will need tender baby mangoes to make this kind of pickle. in south india, especially kerala they make pickle like this – its called kannimanga achaar. its tooooo good. that much i can tell you. you can search on google with this name and you will get many recipes.


Nitin Juneja January 6, 2013 7


What is shelf life of sweet & sour mango pickle (Punjabi style)?



dassana January 6, 2013 8

stays well for 6 months. in this recipe since no oil is used, i would suggest to keep the pickle in the fridge.


grace masiwa November 27, 2012 9

How can I preserve my pickle for a year without moulds


dassana November 29, 2012 10

hi grace, pickles can be easily preserved for year without moulds. ingredients like oil, salt, sugar, vinegar and spices act as natural preservatives in the pickle and keep it mould free. you can also keep the pickle in the fridge. you can also use sterilised jars for canning the pickle. like jams never allow any water droplets or water to come in contact with the pickle. hygeine is another important factor. so depending on the recipe you will come to know which is the ingredient/s used in the pickle that are acting as preservatives. like in some indian pickles we use vinegar and like in this recipe we have used oil, jaggery and spices.


lydia June 11, 2012 11

I’m a malaysian , can you please tell me what is jaggery, tq


dassana June 15, 2012 12

jaggery is an unrefined sugar made from sugar cane juice. in india we have jaggery also made from palms. you should be able to get it easily in the indian stores in malaysia. i am assuming this as there are many south indians living in malaysia and jaggery is used both in south indian cuisine as well as north indian cuisine.

this link here explains in detail on jaggery and its health benefits:


Sanjeeta KK May 30, 2012 13

My mango pickles follow almost the same recipe except the jaggery part.. lovely clicks.


Courtney Rae Jones May 30, 2012 14

This is beautiful Dassana! I love mango too. I wish I could taste a truly fresh, ripe mango. The ones in Canada likely come from South America and are certainly not fresh. One day I will try fresh mango! :) I look forward to making this and trying it on some roti! :)


dassana May 30, 2012 15

fresh mangoes with some rotis are so good. here we get really good fresh mangoes. come to india and you can saveur so many varieties of fresh mangoes in the april-may months :-)


shubha mondkar May 28, 2012 16

Your recipes always motivate me.A very tempting recipe.Your aloo puri recipe is a favourite at my place now.thanks.God bless.


dassana May 28, 2012 17

thanks shubha and feels nice to know that the aloo poori is a favorite at your home. god bless you too.


Anamika @ madcookingfusions May 28, 2012 18

Your pickle looks yum, sun cooked pickles are always best and last long too! I am a huge pickle fan and am obbessed with mango and lemon pickles. Havent tried this pickle with jaggery yet, am sure would taste good. Keep going Dassana……it’s good to see post flowing with great recipes!


dassana May 28, 2012 19

thanks anamika.


zarina May 28, 2012 20

The mangoes you have shown in the picture are almost ripe can i use raw mangoes


dassana May 28, 2012 21

they are not ripe mangoes. they are light yellow but not at all ripe. they were very tart. this pickle is made with raw mangoes and not sweet or ripe mangoes. pics can be misleading sometimes :-)


Renu May 28, 2012 22

can jaggery be substituted with sugar…..
by jaggery u mean gur or shakkar ..please help


dassana May 28, 2012 23

hi renu by jaggery i mean gur. you can make this pickle even with sugar. i forgot to update it in the post though. will update now.


Tanvi@SinfullySpicy May 28, 2012 24

This version with jaggery sounds so yummy. I have never tried that ! Love sun cooked pickles.


Family cook May 28, 2012 25

This is simply too good. Can’t get any better:)


Rani May 28, 2012 26

This sweet-sour-spicy pickle is incredibly mouth- watering! I’ll definitely try this out. Appreciate your efforts for all the recipe- research and e-mailing to several of your followers! Do keep up your appealing, appetizing work! Let me say, also, some credit goes to your m-i-l.


dassana May 28, 2012 27

thanks rani. in fact lots of credit go to my mil :-)


Priti May 28, 2012 28

My my ..such tempting pics …looks so good ..I am posting mango pickle too :)


Richa@HobbyandMore May 28, 2012 29

i love the punjabi pickles.. i got through this phase of eating pickles like crazy.. that was last year when we had like 10 different types of bottles.. and this year i havent touched any yet.. :)
love that gorgeous color and masala. you are definitely on a post roll!


radha May 27, 2012 30

Super pickle. I am partial to pickles – and especially like the spicy,sweet blend


Tulip April 11, 2013 31

Just want to confirm if I cook this for how long should I cook, as we do not get Sun over here, always winter. Thanks, Tulip


dassana April 11, 2013 32

hi tulip. you just need to just need to cook for 2-3 minutes till the jaggery melts. we don’t need to cook the mangoes here nor want a particular consistency of the jaggery. just ensure that no water goes in the pickle due to condensation. so just cover the pan with a clean kitchen towel instead of a lid. once the pickle is cooled, pour into sterilized jar and refrigerate. you can even halve this recipe and just try with a small amount.