Punjabi Aam Ka Achar (Mango Pickle) Recipe

Updated on May 5, 2020
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Punjabi Mango Pickle
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Learn the traditional way of making this Punjabi mango pickle, a spicy and tangy Indian-style pickle in which raw mango is preserved in oil and spices.

Mango pickle prepared with this recipe will keep well for two years or more. The recipe below calls for five kilograms of mangoes; however, if you'd like to make a smaller batch, you can easily reduce the ingredient quantities accordingly.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: numerous servings


  • 5 kilograms raw green mangoes, choose those that have a firm pulp and a larger pulp-to-seed ratio
  • 250 grams coarsely ground saunf (fennel seeds)
  • 250 grams coarsely ground methi dana (fenugreek seeds)
  • 750 grams salt
  • 1 litre mustard oil
  • 50 grams kalonji (nigella seeds)
  • 100 grams haldi (turmeric powder)
  • 100 grams red chilli powder


  1. Chop the mangoes into medium-sized pieces and wash them thoroughly under running water. Let the water drain off; then spread them on a table to dry overnight under a fan.
  2. To a large bowl, add all the spices and mix well.
  3. Add just enough mustard oil to make a crumbly mixture. Do not make it too wet.
  4. Add the mango pieces in batches (if you are making a large quantity, as in the original recipe) to the crumbly spice mixture. After mixing, transfer each batch to a jar. Then start the next batch.
  5. Repeat till all the mango pieces are mixed with the spices and transferred to jars.
  6. Transfer any remaining spice mixture to the jars, as well as the remaining mustard oil. Close the jars and shake well.
  7. Keep the jar in the sun for 7-8 days. Shake it nicely every morning.
  8. The pickle will be ready to eat in 8-10 days and will get better and better as it ages. This pickle does not need to be refrigerated.

Punjabi Aam Ka Achar (Mango Pickle) Recipe

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    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Peggy, I have never eaten pickled watermelon or pickled okra. These are new to me. Hope you can try the mango one. Thank you.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      I love pickles but have never eaten a mango one. My mother and grandmother always made several different types of homemade pickles out of cucumbers when I was growing up. I have also eaten pickled watermelon rind and pickled okra. Thanks for your recipe.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thank you, Pamela.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I have never made pickles but I think this is probably an excellent recipe, Rajan.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Pickle is a must-have with Indian meals. You should give it a try. Thank you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      I once had a neighbor who asked to pick my green mangoes, then she would turn them into something exotic like this and bring me some. Liked it, but not brave enough to try it. will keep this recipe in mind.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Appreciate your input, Marlene. Thank you.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thank you, Bill.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      8 weeks ago from USA

      This sounds so delicious and easy to make. I like that it stays on the shelf for 2 years.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sorry, my friend, but I've never liked pickles. Bev, however, loves them, so I'm passing this one. Peace be with you!


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