Chaltar Achar


    Chalta or elephant apple in English is a sour fruit found in South Asia. This is a recipe for spicy, sweet and sour pickle. It is delicious by itself, but can be also served with dal, rice or curry.


    Dhaka, Bangladesh
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    • 1 big chalta (Elephant apple)
    • Water as needed
    • Mustard oil-as needed
    • Pach foron (Five seasoning spices: Aniseed, Fenugreek, Celery, Bishop's Weed, Fennel)
    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 4-5 dry red chilies, grinded into a powder
    • Salt as needed
    • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds that have been toasted and grinded into a powder


    1. Cut the chalta into small pieces. Boil the chalta pieces in water.
    2. Heat a pan with mustard oil and add the pach foron. Stir and add the boiled chalta pieces.
    3. Now sprinkle the sugar, red chili powder and salt one at a time and continue to stir.
    4. When the mixture becomes concentrated and the oil starts to simmer on top, sprinkle the cumin powder.
    5. Serve!

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    hey thanks for the recipe... btw just a piece of advice my mom she adds turmeric powder when she boils the chalta; she says it gives out a nice color and tastes better. anyways thank you again :D  -  13 Mar 2014