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December 2011

Fresh Turmeric Pickle- Fresh Haldi Pickle


Even though the most turmeric in India is grown in Erode in Tamilnadu, Sangli in Maharashtra is the second largest trading post for haldi /  turmeric after Hyderabad .Large quantities of dried turmeric passes through on its way around the world.

There are two  types of haldi grown in Maharashtra . One is a bright yellow with a hard rhizome called "Lokhandi" ( lokhand meaning iron) and the other is a soft rhizome with a lighter colour. called "gadvi"

The fresh turmeric has  a lovely piquant taste and when cut looks so much like carrot.  It has a great flavour nothing else, least of all the spice powder we all know!

I make just enough for one or two meals. A nice accompaniment to any meal, Indian or continental.


2 " fat piece of fresh turmeric / haldi

Juice of 1 lime

1 green chilli, minced

Julienne the haldi into very fine strips. Add the lime juice and green chilli and mix well. Store in the fridge. It will last for at least a week.

Serve with vegetables or chicken.