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Fresh Turmeric Pickle Recipe (Kachi Haldi Achar)

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Fresh turmeric pickle

Fresh turmeric pickle

About Turmeric and Turmeric Pickle

Turmeric, or haldi as it is called in India, is a spice almost as commonly used in Indian cooking as salt and pepper. The health benefits of turmeric are well documented by Ayurveda, the Indian system of medicine.

Studies on the health benefits of curcumin, just one of turmeric's constituents, have revealed its vast potential health benefits. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibiotic properties, among several others.

The onset of the winter season also heralds the arrival of fresh, raw haldi in the Indian markets. This is the time to make fresh turmeric pickle. Turmeric pickle helps aid digestion, maintain the gut flora and reduce gas. It also boosts immunity because of the various enzymes formed during fermentation.

Cook Time

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10 min

20 min

30 min

Numerous servings


  • 100 grams kacchi haldi (fresh turmeric root), washed, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup sarson ka tel (mustard oil)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons rai (mustard seeds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon deghi mirch (red chili powder)
  • 1 teaspoon methi dana (fenugreek seeds), coarsely ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon sonth (dry ginger powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon heeng (asafoetida powder)
  • 3 or more lemons or limes, to get sufficient juice to cover the pickle completely when bottled


  1. In a pan, heat the mustard oil over medium heat until it smokes; then let it cool down for a few minutes until it is moderately hot.
  2. Add the heeng, methi dana, rai, sliced turmeric, red chili powder, sonth, and salt. Stir until well combined.
  3. Pour in the lemon juice and stir to combine well.
  4. Transfer to an airtight bottle and close the lid. Keep in sunlight for 2-3 days and shake the pickle once every day in the morning.
  5. The pickle will keep well for 2-3 months in the fridge.
  6. Always use a dry spoon to remove the pickle and always keep the lid firmly closed. This will prevent the pickle from going bad prematurely.

Kachi Haldi Achar Recipe (Fresh Turmeric Pickle)

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Rajan Singh Jolly


Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 28, 2020:

Glad you like the turmeric pickle recipe. It is not only delicious but like all pickles, it is full of probiotics & enzymes plus the added health benefits of turmeric. I hope you are doing well. Thank you.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on January 26, 2020:

Thanks for sharing a very good recipe, Rajan. My son introduced me to turmeric and I have been taking it lately as a supplement. It has helped me and I cannot wait to make and taste your turmeric pickle recipe.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on December 29, 2019:

I've never considered turmeric with pickle before this. But I will definitely give this a try. :-)

Devika Primic on December 27, 2019:

Turmeric has become a popular spice all over the world.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 25, 2019:

This sounds like a very nice recipe. I eat turmeric occasionally, but I'd like to add it to my diet more often. Eating the pickle that you've described sounds like a great way of doing this.

RoadMonkey on December 25, 2019:

I love turmeric. I must try and get the ingredients to try this pickle.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 24, 2019:

Thank you, Rachelle.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 24, 2019:

If you like pickle you ought to try this, Peggy. Thank you for stopping by.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 24, 2019:

It is. Give it a try if you like pickles.

Rachelle Williams from Tempe, AZ on December 23, 2019:

Five stars for this yummy recipe!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 23, 2019:

Turmeric definitely works as an anti-inflammatory agent. I take Qunol which is a brand name of liquid turmeric every day for my arthritic symptoms. I never heard of pickling turmeric, but it sounds interesting. Thanks for your recipe.

Shaloo Walia from India on December 23, 2019:

This is a new recipe for me. Seems delicious!

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