Mouthwatering Hot Pickle
In my home a side salad and a delicious pickle is a must with our Indian meals. I had these beautiful dates from Woolworths lying in my fridge which is always used for baking some sweet dish. I decide to make a mouthwatering hot pickle out of it. It is sweet, spicy and tangy bursting with flavors all at the same time, made in less than 10 minutes.
Mouthwatering Hot Pickle


  • 250 grams dates, pitted and roughly chopped.
  • 1 tbsp ginger, paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic, paste
  • 4 Green chillies finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 3 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida (Hing)
  • 1 tsp xylitol or honey
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Remove the seeds from the dates, roughly chop them and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a wide pan, add the mustard seeds, allow spluttering and then adding asafetida, curry leaves and let the curry leaves splutter.
  3. Add the ginger, garlic pastes and green chilli. Sauté till the raw smell goes away. Add the turmeric, red chilli powder and mix well.
  4. Add the chopped dates, and cook until the dates become soft. Season this with salt, sugar and sauté for another minute or till the seasoning merges with the recipe.
  5. Add the vinegar and simmer until the pickles come together and then switch off the heat.