Every kitchen had one: a cool, dark corner or cupboard, maybe even a whole room, dedicated to storing preserves and pickles, away from prying eyes (and fingers).
Every year across India, in numerous regional variations, fruits, vegetables, meat or fish in their prime would be chosen, then expertly diced and spiced, marinated into meek submission, doused in oil and bottled away. Days, or months later, the bottle would emerge, with all the disparate ingredients having steeped and intermingled into one glorious whole – the wonder that is Achaar, the Indian pickle.
Today, consumers’ tastes and palates have broadened like never before and the influx of international produce and condiments on to our shop shelves has changed the Indian pantry for good. Simultaneously, the prevalence of pickling in Indian homes has lessened with changes in societal structures and the pace of modern living. Even so, the romance and nostalgia surrounding pickles has not abated. Neither has our deep-seated desire to round off each meal with the zing and fiery satisfaction that pickles add to the palate.
Whether it’s a sweet hum, or a ‘blow-your-head-off’ roar on your palate, spicing played the leading role in each variant of this national condiment. At Symega, we’ve lent tradition a helping hand with our Picklicious range of Achaar-inspired seasonings.
Essentially, we’ve researched India’s pickle traditions, handpicked the most popular ones and deconstructed them to arrive at spice-mixes that reliably reproduce the beloved, homegrown flavours of our favourite pickles.
Symega’s Picklicious range of seasoning mixes is ideal to enhance the flavour of extruded snacks, chips or various types of namkeens and is available in the following variants:
So, the next time you dive into a bag of your favourite crispy snack, and the zing and spicing of it reminds you of homemade Achaar, chances are that it’s Picklicious seasoning dancing on your palate.
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