Summers call for pickle making I am a sucker for spicy pickle. My meal is incomplete without pickle. I have started making Instant pickle varieties at home and my family loves it. Here I am so excited to share one of the South Indian Pickle Powder from my family This is a versatile and flavorful powder as i use add it to the subzi , curry and dal. Home made spices are the best always for me.

Some facts about South Indian Pickle Powder

  • This pickle powder is made with easily available ingredients at home .
  • You just need 5 Ingredients to make this flavorful pickle spice
  • Every household has their own version of the proportions of the ingredients used .
  • You can use it to make instant pickle or even long lasting pickle
  • Spice levels are to be adjusted as per your spice tolerance.

What is the theme for Shhhhh Cooking?

This month our host is Jayashree who suggested the theme Spice Mix. I just loved this theme and can’t wait to see all the amazing recipes of the spice mix shared by my fellow bloggers.Check out Jayashree’s blog as it has many amazing recipes. Check out her recipe for Pav Bhaji Masala for the theme. This month my partner is Sujata Roy who is a wonder blogger and an amazing baker with all the healthy recipes on her blog. She gave me two secret ingredients Turmeric and Fenugreek and I gave her Star Anise and Cardamom.Check out the amazing Pulao or Biryani spice mix that she has shared.



Preethi Prasad
Incredibly flavorful south indian pickle powder . It is so versatile that you also add it to stir fry and curries. Just a handul of ingredients to whip up this spice mix .
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Condiment, Pickle Spice mix
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 Cups


  • 1 Wide Bottom Pan
  • 1 Spatula
  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Clean Storage Jar


  • 30 Nos Byadgi Chilli / Kashmiri dry red Chilli
  • 20 Nos Dry Red Chilli spicy Variety
  • 1 Tbsp Turmeric / Haldi
  • 1/2 Cup Mustard Seeds / Rai
  • 1/4 Cup Fenugreek Seeds / Methi Seeds
  • 1.5 Tsp Asafoetida Powder


  • Dry roast the dry red chillies for about 5-6 minutes. Ensure it does not burn.
  • Transfer the contents to a plate and allow it to cool.
  • In the same pan dry roast fenugreek seeds for a minute or two. It will slightly turn colour. Ensure it does not burn.
  • Transfer the contents on to a plate and allow it to cool.
  • In the same pan dry roast mustrad seeds untill they start to pop up.
  • Allow it to cool.
  • Blend all the roasted ingredients , turmeric and asafoetida to a fine powder.
  • You can add salt if you wish to. I have not added it here as I am not making Pickle immediately.
  • Transfer the contents to an airtight clean container and use it as needed.
  • Enjoy………………..


  1. Home made pickle spice powder is one of the recipe my family uses .
  2. Some people add Cumin . You may dry roast 1/4 Cup and add it if you wish to.
  3. We like it without the Cumin.
  4. Adjust the no of chillies as per your spice tolerance.
  5. You can add salt and store it.
  6. I don’t add salt as i make it in small batches.
  7. Fresh and flavorful home made spice mix is the best.
Keyword Aachar Masala, condiments, Pickle Spice Mix, South Indian Pickle Powder



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  1. 5 stars
    I love how handy this pickle powder is! You can pickle just about any fruit or vegetable using this. I keep this powder stocked in my kitchen too.

  2. 5 stars
    This pickle powder is quite different from the Gujarati one I make. Looks good and wouldn’t mind trying out your version for different taste in pickles. Will make it soon to add to instant apple pickle.

  3. 5 stars
    Wow! this pickle powder is delicious. My mother used to make it and now I have the recipe. Since pickle is something the girls relish a lot I can make some spice mix for them. They can make their own versions. Thanks, Preethi.

  4. 5 stars
    Summer and this pickle masala go hand in hand .remember my Amma making a batch when it was avakkai season . I am not a great fan of pickles but I think I can use this masala for making achari pulao or achaari paneer Tikka

  5. 5 stars
    I am tempted to try out your South Indian version of pickle powder. Sounds so flavorful and easy to make. I will try makimg instant raw mango pickle using this pickle powder.

  6. 5 stars
    although we make instant pickle powder everytime, this pickle powder is so handy preethi. great idea esp during summers when we do a lot of pickling. How long does this keep at room temp ?

  7. 5 stars
    Hey! This is such a wonderful idea…to make pickle masala and keep it handy. I always make it fresh, as and when needed. Sure gonna use your recipe and make this lovely masala.

  8. 5 stars
    My mom used to make this while she is making pickles. But I haven’t tried them myself. Now that I have the recipe, I can try it myself.

  9. 5 stars
    Having a standard pickle masala is very handy. This actually simplifies the entire process of making mango or lemon pickles. I will surely like to try out this pickle masala when I make the next batch of achar.

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