Chaltar Achar

Chaltar Achar


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About this recipe: 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.

shammi_mustafa Dhaka, Bangladesh


  • 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

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