Quick shallot pickle

This is for one of those days when your yearly stock of pickles and chutneys is fully exhausted and all you want is a taste of fresh home made pickle.

If you have shallots handy, use them. Else you can cut onions in 4 equal pieces and use the layers for the pickle. Replacing shallots / onions with carrots is also a good idea.


1 Cup shallots

1 Green chilli cut into 3-4 pieces

1 Tbsp sukha sambhar (this is a Gujju word for pickle mix.  Pickle mix is equal portions of red chilli powder, split yellow mustard seeds, ground fenugreek seeds and some salt. The mixture should taste a bit salty)        

2 Tbsp oil

1 Tbsp granulated sugar

Juice of half lime


  1. Cut both the ends and peel the dead skin off the shallots and place them in a bowl.
  2. Add all the ingredients except oil
  3. Heat oil and then add it to the bowl.
  4. Mix well and cover it with a lid. The onions will begin to water because of salt making the pickle moist and juicy.
  5. It’s ready to eat.


This pickle perishes very fast. So make it only when you want to consume it.  It can stay good in refrigerator for about 8-10 days.

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