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Green chilli pickle recipe with step by step photos – posting a pickle recipe after a long time. After all summers are meant for pickling and making a host of other goodies.

green chilli pickle recipe

Making this green chilli pickle is very easy. Use less hot or medium hot green chilies to make the pickle. I have use an Indian variety of green chilies which were medium hot. After pickling and maturing the heat does tone down a bit.

This chilli pickle has ground mustard seeds, turmeric and lemon juice which imparts a major flavor, aroma and taste, not to forget the presence of green chillies too. In fact this pickle was so much liked by my parents, that they took half of it with them. This recipe was shared by my friend.

The green chilli pickle goes very well as a condiment with simple Indian meals like dal-rice, curd-rice, veg pulao and even with roti-sabzi. I used to even have them with pakoras. They also go well with stuffed parathas or plain parathas.

The pickling process usually requires sunlight. but if you don’t get good sunlight, not too worry.  i made this pickle in winters and it was days of dullness and shade here with no sunlight. So I just kept for extra days out in the balcony. So if you do not get good sunlight, then too you can make this green chilli pickle. If you get an intense & hot sunlight, then just reduce the number of days required for the pickling process.

green chilli pickle recipe

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chilli pickle recipe

4.96 from 22 votes
An easy to prepare green chili pickle with ground mustard, lemon juice and oil.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
keeping in sunlight 6 d
Total Time 25 mins

Cuisine Indian, Maharashtrian
Course: Side Dish

Servings 1 medium jar
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Ingredients

  • 1.25 to 1.5 cups chopped green chilies - less hot or medium hot variety (hari mirch)
  • 6 tablespoons mustard seeds - yellow or black or split mustard seeds (rai na kuria or rai ki dal)
  • 3 tablespoons rock salt (sendha namak)
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 cup mustard oil or sunflower oil or peanut oil (sarson ka tel ya moongphalli ka tel)
  • 5 to 6 lemons (nimbu) - yields ⅓ to ½ cup lemon juice

Instructions

chopping green chilies

  • Rinse and wipe dry the green chilies very well. There should be no trace of moisture in them. You can also let them dry on their own. 
  • Remove the crowns and chop the green chilies in 1 inch pieces.

making green chilli pickle

  • In a dry grinder or coffee grinder, powder the mustard seeds coarsely. Here I used yellow mustard seeds. But you can also use black mustard seeds.
  • In a clean glass jar, add the green chilies, ground mustard seeds and salt.
  • Mix by shaking the jar or use a clean non reactive spoon to mix the contents of the jar. Cover the jar with its lid tightly and keep in the sun for 2 to 3 days. If the sunlight and heat is very intense, then just 1 to 2 days is fine. If you don't have sun and its cloudy all the time, then just keep outside. In the evening, remove the jar from out and keep in a dry place in your kitchen. I kept for 3 days since the sun was playing hide and seek.
  • After 2 to 3 days, add lemon juice and turmeric powder to the pickle..
  • With a clean non reactive spoon, mix everything very well. Close the jar and again keep in the sun for 1 to 2 days.
  • Proceed with the next step after 1 or 2 days.

adding mustard oil in chilli pickle

  • Heat mustard oil till its smoking point. Let the mustard oil cool till it becomes warm or is slightly hot.. About 15 mins. You can use any other oil like sunflower or peanut oil. If using these oils, then just heat them till they are hot. You don't need to heat them till their smoking point.
  • Pour the mustard oil in the pickle jar.
  • Cover the jar with its lid and keep the pickle at room temperature for 4 to 5 days for the pickling process to happen.
  • You can even keep the chilli pickle for 2 to 3 days at room temperature and then in the fridge. Since it was during the winters, I had made the pickle, I kept the jar out for all 5 days. Once we started serving the chilli pickle, then I kept the jar in the fridge.
  • Serve green chili pickle as a side condiment with a simple indian meal like dal-rice or curd-rice. The pickle can also be served with aloo paratha, gobi paratha, mooli paratha or even plain parathas or chapatis.

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Preparation to make hari mirch ka achar

1. rinse and wipe dry the green chilies very well. There should be no trace of moisture in them. You can also let them dry on their own. Remove the crowns and just chop the green chilies in 1 inch pieces.

clean the green chillies

2. in a dry grinder or coffee grinder, powder the mustard seeds coarsely. Here i used yellow mustard seeds. But you can also use black mustard seeds.

grind mustard seeds for pickle

Making green chilli pickle

3. in a clean glass jar, add the green chilies, mustard seeds and salt.

adding green chillies mustard seeds

4. Cover the jar and mix by shaking the jar. You can also use a clean non reactive spoon to mix. Cover the jar with its lid tightly and keep in the sun for 2 to 3 days. If the sunlight and heat is very intense, then just 1 to 2 days is fine. If you don’t have sun and its cloudy all the time, then just keep outside. In the evening, remove the jar from out and keep in a dry place in your kitchen. I kept for 3 days since the sun was playing hide and seek. Every day with a clean wooden spoon or non reactive spoon mix the contents of the jar or just shake the jar.

keep green chilli pickle in sun

5. the pickle mixture after 3 days.

green chilli pickle after 3 days

6. now the next step needs to be done on the 2nd or 3rd day. Extract lemon juice and keep aside.

lemon juice for making mirchi kaa aachar

7. pour the lemon juice in the pickle.

add lemon juice to green chilli pickle

8. add turmeric powder.

add turmeric to hari mirch pickle

9. with a clean non reactive spoon, mix everything very well. Close the jar and again keep in the sun for 1 to 2 days.

mix green chilli pickle well

10. The green chili pickle after 2 days. you see the color has changed. Remember to shake the jar everyday.

green chili pickle after 2 days

Adding mustard oil in chilli pickle

11. This step is the last step. Heat mustard oil till its smoking point. Let the mustard oil cool for about 15 mins. It can be slightly hot or warm. You can use any other oil like sunflower or peanut oil. If using these oils, then just heat them till they are hot. You don’t need to heat them till their smoking point. Heating mustard oil till its smoking point reduces much of its pungency.

heat mustard oil for pickle recipe

12. pour the mustard oil in the pickle jar.

add mustard oil to green chilli pickle

13. This is how the green chili pickle looks after adding the mustard oil. close and keep the pickle at room temperature for 4 to 5 days to mature. you can even keep the pickle for 2 to 3 days at room temperature and then in the fridge. Since it was during the winters, I had made the pickle, i kept the jar out. Once we started serving the pickle, then I kept the jar in the fridge.

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14. The pickle after 5 days. Serve green chili pickle as a side condiment with a simple Indian meal like dal-rice or curd-rice. The pickle can also be served with aloo paratha, gobi paratha, mooli paratha, or even plain parathas or chapatis.

The green chilies and tenderized by now and get softened. Once you start serving the pickle, keep the jar in the refrigerator. The pickle stays for good for 3 to 4 months in the refrigerator.

green chilli pickle recipe

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108 Comments

  1. Hi Dassana,
    This is the second time I am using this recipe and I love the process every time I make it. Especially looking at the colours, fragrance and texture change, its such a pleasant surprise! 🙂5 stars

    1. yes it is. the changes that happen in the taste, flavor and texture. thanks for this lovely feedback anshita.

  2. Is it necessary to heat oil and to added can’t we add raw oil to the pickle will it makes any diffrence to taste or life of pickle

    1. Poonam, you can skip also. but the mustard oil flavors will be more pungent, if the oil is not heated.

  3. Hi Dassana,

    Thank you for the recipe. I had a question- if i wish to add garlic pods to this pickle, at what point should i do so?

    Thanks.

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