Aam Ka Achaar

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Everyday Indian meal often includes a smack of spiced pickle. It’s mostly made at home with seasonal fruits and vegetables. In summer, a big batch of Aam Ka Achaar (Spiced Green Mango Pickle) is prepared by default. It’s coated with earthy coarsely grounded spices and a good dose of mustard oil for the perfect pungent flavor. If you haven’t tried Aam Ka Achaar, I suggest trying it out while you still can find mangoes in the market.

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I remember seeing my Grandma and Mom making multiple batches during the peak summer season. The method that they used was allowing sun to ferment the mango bites that are coated in spices. There by no cooking involved and it takes about a week or so for the achaar to get ready. Honestly, I don’t have the patience to wait for that long. So, I choose the faster method which does involve cooking. As per taste, I can assure you both would result into delicious lip-smacking pickle to uplift your palate.


  • Green Mangoes
  • Fenugreek Seeds
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Nigella Seeds
  • Dry Red Chili
  • Mustard Oil
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Bengali Bhaaja Moshla (here is the link to the recipe)
  • White Vinegar/Lemon Juice


  • Green mango is sliced into tiny bite size (retain the peel but discard the pit).
  • Dry roast the spices and then, grind to a coarse texture.
  • Cook the mango with the spice in a good dose of mustard oil and salt until the mangoes are just softened.
  • Finish with the vinegar and store in a clean dry airtight jar.

You can eat the achaar right away but letting it rest in the covered jar for a few days blends the flavor and makes the taste even better.


One of the most important things is get rid of water while making the achaar. So, if you wash the mango bites, make sure to dry it off completely before you start cooking. If there is any water, chances are high that the achaar will go bad soon.

I cut the mango, wash it and then layer it in a kitchen towel overnight, so that the water evaporates.

Remember to store the achaar in a clean dry glass airtight jar. You don’t need to store it in the refrigerator.

Indian pickle with green mango

We love this achaar with simple comfort food like daal & rice, with paratha and even with crackers. The flavor is robust with a beautiful balance of sour and spice. And the mango bites will make your palate light up.

Here is a link to sweet mango chutney which is another speciality during this season.

Link to Bengali Bhaaja Moshla that is used in this recipe

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Aam Ka Achaar (Spiced Green Mango Pickle)


  • 2 green mangoes
  • 1/2 tablespoon fenugreek Seeds
  • 1 and ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 and ½ teaspoon nigella Seeds
  • 4 dry red chilies
  • ½ cup mustard oil
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon Bengali Bhaaja Moshla
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ¼ cup White Vinegar/Lemon Juice


  1. Cut the green mangoes in half (don’t peeand discard the pits. Slice the mango into bite size (about ½ inch).
  2. Wash the mango and layer it on a kitchen towel. Let the water dry out completely.
  3. In a pan, add fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds and dry red chilies. Roast it for a while. Once cooled, grind it coarsely using a spice grinder or a coffee grinder.
  4. To the same pan or a different pan, pour the oil and once it gets hot, add nigella seeds and the mango bites along with the coarsely ground spices and salt. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes or until the mangoes are slightly tender. Depending on the size of the mango bites, you might need more or less time. Taste for salt and add more if needed. Finally add the Bengali bhaaja moshla, lemon juice/vinegar give a toss and switch off the heat.
  5. Let it cool completely and then store in a clean airtight glass jar. You can enjoy it right away, but for a better taste, let it sit for a couple of days. Place it by the window where you get good sunlight and shake the bottle couple of times every day.
Indian pickle with green mango

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  • David @ Spiced
    David @ Spiced
    July 25, 2019 at 4:38 AM

    I’m not familiar with this achaar, Kankana, but it sounds amazing! I love pickled things, and pickled green mango is definitely new to me. I had the chance to visit a really cool old-world style deli recently, and they were making some really cool pickled things (carrots, potatoes, etc.). That (coupled with this post) has inspired me to try pickling different foods. This sounds delicious!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 30, 2019 at 12:06 PM

      This is very unique to Indian cuisine and I would love you to try it. It’s very simple really.

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    July 25, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    I’ve never had Achaar before, but oh my goodness does it sound amazing!! I love pickled anything and mangoes are definitely a favorite, so this recipe is begging to be made!! All the spices you used sound just delicious!! I can’t wait to try this!!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 30, 2019 at 12:06 PM

      Yay! I hope you try it while it’s still summer. It’s a sure shot palate enhancer

  • 2pots2cook
    July 26, 2019 at 2:11 AM

    Oh dear ! So good to be back 🙂 Gorgeous photos ! The same as the idea of pickling; we do it ourselves too but have never made anything with green mango. Keeper definitely !

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 30, 2019 at 12:06 PM

      Hey hey!! So good to see you here again. Thanks so much 🙂

  • Jeff the Chef
    Jeff the Chef
    July 26, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    So, I’m guessing that green mango is an unripe mango? Or is it a certain type of mango? This is all new to me.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 30, 2019 at 12:07 PM

      yes, it is unripe mango. I should probably update that. Thanks a lot 🙂

  • Neil
    July 27, 2019 at 11:43 PM

    You can’t beat a good pickle with an Indian meal! And this Achaar sounds amazing. My brother is the gardener and pickler in our family. Although we can’t grow mangoes here in Scotland we can definitely get them in the supermarket so I’m going to share this amazing recipe with him. Thanks Kankana.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 30, 2019 at 12:08 PM

      Oh yes, a good pickle can make any boring meal exciting. I would love to know if he tries this and am sure he will love it 🙂

  • annie@ciaochowbambina
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    July 29, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Oh my – my mouth is literally watering at the sight of these! I’d love to try it!!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 30, 2019 at 12:08 PM

      Thanks so much Annie, I really hope you give it a try 🙂

  • Arpita
    August 1, 2019 at 7:40 AM

    This is my fav AACHAR. My mashi makes it this. way. Love it..

  • karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    August 12, 2019 at 7:01 PM

    I’m totally addicted to green mango pickle with eat it all the time with Indian food. Tried making it once (about 30 years ago and when I was in college), but completely failed at it. My mango never softened, was hard as a rock and tasteless. I never attempted it again and have always had a stash of Pataks hot mango pickle in the pantry instead. Now that I have your recipe, I might attempt to make it again!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 12, 2019 at 9:43 PM

      I really hope you will try the recipe! Patak is a good brand but nothing beats homemade. Do feel free to email me if you have any doubts 🙂

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