How many of you love pickles? It’s a necessary accompaniment for us Indians, and that includes north as well as south Indians. The pickles might be sweeter in the north and spicier in the south.At least, that’s my observation.

This fish pickle recipe, is what my grandmother follows and which my mamma has handed down to me!Without further much of my bickering, here is the recipe..


Fish – 450 gm cut into small pieces

Ginger- garlic – mustard paste – 3 tbsp

Green chilly – cut into ¼ inch pieces

Turmeric powder – ½ tsp

Chilli powder – 2.5 tsp

Vinegar – just enough to make a chilly paste

Oil – 4 – 5 tbsp

Salt – to taste


Season fish with salt and turmeric powder. Marinate for ½ an hour to 2 hours. Deep fry the fish in batches and keep aside to cool.

In the same oil fry the ginger garlic mustard paste. Add the green chilly and fry till the raw smell goes. Meanwhile make a paste of the chilly powder with vinegar. You can also make chilly paste by grinding dried chillies with vinegar.

Lower the flame and add the chilly paste. See to it that the masala doesn’t burn. Saute it for a few mins and switch off the flame.

Add the fried fish and give a gentle toss.

Once cool, bottle it up and top up with oil.