This is a delicious sweet , mildly spiced and tangy Pickle from Malabar, Kerala . It tastes well with Biryani/ Malabar parottas. One of the perfect pickle to be served for dinner parties/get-togethers. Sweetness of the dates, hotness of the chilies and sourness of vinegar renders the perfect taste to the pickle.

Do try and share your experience with this dish

Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 10 mins Total time: 20 mins

Servings: 2


  • 250 g Soft Dates
  • 3 tbsp Vinegar
  • Salt to taste or 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 sprig Curry Leaves
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Red Chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Hing/ Asafoetida
  • 4 Green Chillies finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp Garlic paste

Steps to prepare

  • Deseed and roughly chop dates. In case you are using dried dates, you will need to soak them in warm water for 1-2 hours and soften it
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter
  • Add curry leaves and hing. Mix well
  • Add ginger paste, garlic paste and green chilies. Saute until raw aroma disappears
  • Add all the spice powders and saute for 2 minutes
  • Add dates and cook until it softens
  • Add salt and sugar. Mix well. Dates should be well coated with all spices and salt. Saute for 2 minutes
  • Add vinegar and mix well. Saute until pickle/ mixture comes together. Switch off the heat
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Serve with papad and Biryani or Parottas
  • Store in cool dry place in sterile airtight container for any leftover pickle
Malabar Dates Pickle
Posted by:Rekha Unni

Humble quirky soul embarking on beautiful journey of love called Life. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies and I love experimenting with different types of foods. it's the love of cooking for my family which has made this hobby as one of my passions

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