How to Make Spice Powder Used for Pickling




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Intro: How to Make Spice Powder Used for Pickling

Everybody likes pickles. And the secret behind the pickles' flavour and taste lies in the spices used in making the pickles. Though the ingredients may slightly vary, you can make a standard spice powder and store it for a long time for future use.

This instructable gives you a standard spice powder recipe you can make at your home.

Step 1: Ingredients

The following ingredients are used in making the pickling spice powder. All the ingredients are taken in equal measures by weight. I have used 50 grams of each, you can increase the amount to suit your requirement.

  • Dried red chilies
  • Mustard seeds
  • Cumin seeds
  • Fenugreek seeds
  • Asafoetida. Here I have used pure solid cubes

Step 2: Dry Roast the Ingredients

Place a frying pan over low flame and dry roast the Fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds and mustard seeds separately. Do not mix them while dry-roasting and also do not burn them. This step is to remove the moisture from the seeds. When the seeds starts to crack remove them from the pan and keep separately for cooling.

Step 3: Dry Roast Asafoetida

Using a mortar and pestle, crush the Asafoetida cubes into powder. Then dry roast the powder and keep aside.

Step 4: Red Chilies

Add a few drops of any cooking oil to the pan and roast the red chilies over low flame. There is no need to remove the stems from the red chilies. Remove from pan and allow it to cool.

Now we got all our spices roasted, cooled and ready to make powder.

Step 5: Make Powder

Now place all ingredients in a mixer grinder and grind them to a fine powder. If you are making in large quantities then grind the ingredients separately and mix together afterwards.

Remove the spice powder from the mixer / grinder jar and spread it in a clean paper to cool. Once cooled, store it in a container for future use.

This spice powder can stored for a very long time. Use it as required to suit your taste while making pickle. As a rule of thump, use a tablespoon of spice powder for 100 grams of raw ingredient to be pickled

Happy Pickling...



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    7 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I made this and it was too spicy but then i tried using it in a non veg dish (I know sounds weird) But then it gave that perfect taste to the dish because of the several other ingredients. Thanks for sharing!!!

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Yes, it is very spicy. You need to add the spice powder in small quantities to achieve the required taste. Good to know that it tasted perfect for a non-vegetarian dish. We never tried that


    2 years ago

    I've found that any pepper flakes tend to work with pickling. I made a batch a few weeks ago (That I will be submitting) that worked great with our homemade pepper flakes. Hot Thai Pepper and Serrano Peppers. The Thai pepper flakes were chile like and the serrano tasted sweeter but they were both very spicy.

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    Reply 2 years ago

    You are right... You can use any type of dried pepper flakes to make pickles


    2 years ago

    Helps if there's explanations for the purpose of each spice.