BitterMelon-Carrot-Mango pickle / Pavakka Carrot Manga Achar – Kerala Style (Ready to Eat)



This is my Mom’s all famous  mixed pickle recipe. It comes together fairly quickly and is one of my favorites. Like all mothers do, my Mom too eyeballs all her ingredients while cooking. So the proportions I’ve mentioned might not be as accurate. You may have to alter  them according to your tastes.

1 cup cut julienne style bitter melon
½ cup cut julienne style carrot
½ cup cut julienne style raw peeled mango
2 tsp cut julienne style garlic
2 tsp cut julienne style green chilies 
1 tbsp salt (or to taste) 
big pinch of asafoetida 
½  tsp roasted cumin powder (dry roast cumin seeds and powder them)  
½  tsp black mustard seeds
½ tsp roasted fenugreek powder (dry roast fenugreek seeds and powder them)
2 –3 tbsp sesame or refined vegetable oil
2 sprigs of curry leaves
1/4 cup natural vinegar


  • Heat oil in a pan, sauté melons, carrots and mango, one at a time, for a few minutes each until they are just tender. Make sure not to cook them.
  • Drain them out of the oil and set aside.
  • In the same oil add asafoetida and mustard and when the mustard pops, add cumin, curry leaves, fenugreek, ginger, garlic, green chilies and sauté for a couple of minutes.
  • Reduce the heat and add the sautéed veggies, salt and vinegar and mix thoroughly on very low heat.
  • Turn off the heat and let it cool.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate in air tight containers.
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