Pickles - DOT-Maharashtra Tourism

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Pickles are made all over South Asia, but Maharashtra has made a mark on it. Maharashtra is known for its various types of pickles.

Unique Features

Indians use three methods to preserve perishable edible items like vegetables, fruits and some of the types of seafood. Salted, sweetened and pickled are these three methods. Pickles last for a long time, some of them even last for a year.
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Ingredients and Short Recipes

Pickles play a very vital role in Indian food. Numerous
vegetables and fruits are used for making pickles.
Seasonal pickles are made per the availability of fruits
and vegetables. But usually, Summer is considered the
season to prepare long-lasting pickles.
Pickles are made of fruits and vegetables like Mango
(raw and ripped), Indian Gooseberry, Jackfruit,
Pineapple, Lime, Ginger, Garlic, Chilli, Turmeric root,
etc. Amongst seafood Prawns and tiny Shrimp known
as Kolim pickles are famous. This perishable raw
material usually is cut into pieces, and spices are added
to it. Salt and a lot of oil preserve the preparation for a
long time.
Pickle spices is a community tradition usually
maintained from generation to generation in every
family. It gives the variation in pickle tests all over
Pickles add a spicy taste to the food and serve some
time as a side dish. They are usually spicy but
exceptionally sweet by adding jaggery.


People have been making pickles for many years. It is one of the basic methods in preserving food for a longer time.

Cultural Significance

Pickle making is a cultural process in which the entire community is involved during summer. The spices used for pickles are community-specific leaving the mark as the cultural identity.