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green apple pickle served in a white bowl and on the side are mustard seeds, fenugreek, garlic and curry leaves
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Instant Green Apple Pickle

 Indian style pickle made with crispy and tart Green (Granny Smith) apples and seasoned with mustard, fenugreek and asafoetida.
Prep Time10 mins
Resting Time- 1 hour8 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Madhavi


  • 2 medium granny smith apple
  • 1-2 tsp red chili powder or to taste
  • salt to taste

To make fine powder -

  • 1.5 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

For tempering-

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 garlic pods, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 2 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 pinches asafoetida


  • Roast the fenugreek till pale brown. Remove to a mortar. Now roast the mustard seeds till the mustard starts popping. Add it to the same mortar as fenugreek and powder them.
  • Wash the apple and pat fry. Remove the stem and the seeds and cut them thinly as you prefer and transfer it to a large bow
  •  In a small pan heat oil and add the mustard seeds. When the mustard pops, add the garlic slices ( optional) and curry leaves. Fry for 30 seconds. Add two pinches of asafoetida and turn off the stove.
  • Add the tempering , mustard-fenugreek powder, red chili powder and salt to the granny smith apple.
  • Mix all the ingredients and set a side for 30 minutes.After 30 minutes taste the pickle and adjust the salt and red chili powder. Set a side for another 30 minutes and the instant green apple pickle is ready to be served.
  • Green Apple Pickle can be served with rice, dal, yogurt rice, upma, pongal, khichdi, and more.


  • Garlic is optional in this recipe.
  • Stays fresh for up to 3 days outside and 2 weeks in the refrigerator.