Aam Ka Achaar (Indian Mango Pickle) Recipe

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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 quart (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
118 Calories
5g Fat
17g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 quart (8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 118
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 15373mg 668%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 9g 30%
Protein 6g
Calcium 157mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

There are countless versions of mango pickle (aam ka achaar) in India with each region having its own host of recipes. This one is from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and is often eaten with stuffed parathas (Indian bread) and yogurt.

One of the seeds listed in this recipe is kalonji or nigella seeds. This little black spice brings a unique flavor to a dish as well as many health benefits (see below after the directions to this recipe).

There is some advanced prep needed for this recipe—you will need a sterilized 1-quart glass pickling jar on hand and be prepared to wait about 3 weeks until the pickled mangoes are ready to eat. But you will see that it is worth it!


  • 2 1/4 pounds/1 kg raw green mangoes (cut into 4 to 8 pieces each)
  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons aniseed (or fennel seeds)
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon kalonji seeds (nigella seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds
  • 5 tablespoon red chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 3 cups/710 ml mustard oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Sterilize and thoroughly dry a 1-quart glass pickling jar. Put the mangoes in the jar and cover with salt. Mix well and cover the jar tightly.

  2. Leave the jar out in the sun for 1 week so that the mangoes soften.

  3. In a small bowl, mix the aniseed or fennel seeds, mustard seeds, kalonji, fenugreek seeds, chili powder, and turmeric together. Add this spice mix to the mangoes.

  4. In a small skillet, heat the mustard oil until it smokes and then turn off the heat. Allow the oil to cool fully.

  5. Pour this oil over the mangoes so that all the pieces are submerged. Mix well.

  6. Put the tightly covered jar back in the sun for 2 weeks. Stir every day to mix well.

  7. Eat with stuffed parathas and yogurt or with chapatis (Indian flatbread) and any vegetable dish.

Health Benefits of Kalonji or Nigella Seeds

Loaded with vitamins, fiber, calcium, and protein, to just name a few, kalonji is good for your heart as well as managing diabetes. Also, when mixed with lime juice, it actually becomes a treatment for acne!