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Green Chile Pickle

Time 20 minutes
Yields Makes 1 quart
Green Chile Pickle
(Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)
1

Combine the mustard seeds, asafetida and fenugreek seeds in a small skillet and toast over medium heat, stirring often, until very fragrant, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder and grind to a powder.

2

Put the sliced chiles in a large non-aluminum bowl. Add the ground spices, turmeric and salt and stir to coat the chiles with the spices. Spoon the mixture into 2 clean pint jars, cap and set aside at room temperature overnight.

3

The next day, heat the oil to smoking in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour slowly over the chiles in the jars; the chiles will sizzle and foam. Cap the bottles and set on a sunny windowsill or in a warm, dry spot in the kitchen for 1 day.

4

The next day, add enough lemon juice to cover the chiles. Cap the bottles again and set back on a windowsill or in a warm, dry place for 3 to 4 more days. Refrigerate and eat within 2 to 3 weeks.

This is a hot pickle. Try it with Indian dishes, steaks or as a spark for mashed potatoes. Brown mustard seeds, asafetida and fenugreek seeds are at Indian markets.

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