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Apple Pickle Recipe - An interesting story!

A collage of all the steps involved in preparation of this recipe!

A collage of all the steps involved in preparation of this recipe!

Why this recipe?

This recipe was not something that I researched and tried cooking. There is a little story behind why this recipe happened.

I am not sure of what apples these are! I have named them "Green SOUR apples"! Yes they are sour, with a taste very similar to raw mangoes, but with a touch of sweetness. Yes, there is a variety of raw mango in my native hometown, that tastes good only when raw and not when it is ripe. We either eat them raw with salt and red chili powder or use them for pickles and curries.

This is the green mango with chili powder and salt that I have mentioned in this hub.  Picture used with permission from the owner. Thank you Fuzheado for granting me permission to use this picture.

This is the green mango with chili powder and salt that I have mentioned in this hub. Picture used with permission from the owner. Thank you Fuzheado for granting me permission to use this picture.

I think these are the long green mangoes that are less sour, with a touch of sweetness! Not sure, as this picture was borrowed off the web!

I think these are the long green mangoes that are less sour, with a touch of sweetness! Not sure, as this picture was borrowed off the web!

I personally love raw mangoes, and of course the ripe ones too. The green mangoes are my favourites and I love them in a variety of recipes like pickles, mango curry with fish (or fish curry with mangoes), mango rice, mango with salt and red chili powder, etc. I will now stop talking about mangoes and get back to my "Apple" story.

These green apples, I bought them off the farmers' market a week before, and I was so surprised that they had a big bowl for a pound (£1). I love green apples for their crunchiness added with sweetness and a little bit of sour taste. So off I went home with my bag of apples, and thought will have one as a snack before I had my lunch that day. I took one bite, and I just could not believe the degree of sourness. I have never before tasted sour apples like these, even the unripe apples that I love fresh from the trees did not taste this much sour. I managed and ate one. After 2 days ate another again. I managed to eat a few, must be because I liked raw mangoes. I looked at the basket and there were still quite a few left, around 11 of them. I thought about these apples and then mangoes, and this idea just sprung in my mind. Why not try a pickle? Yes, apple pickle. I put this idea aside for the weekend and today managed to experiment and prepare this recipe successfully.

Apple Pickle after it was bottled!

Apple Pickle after it was bottled!

Please bear with me with the measurements and ingredients. I have used my own measurements and ingredients, which I thought will add up to complete this recipe as intended. I can assure you that it turned out tasty!

Note: I am not sure how this recipe will turn out for sweet apples. So please try with apples that are at least a bit sour and most importantly crunchy. Do not go for the soft varieties as they can go mushy once dropped in hot oil.

I also need to admit that, I prepared this recipe with just the ingredients that I had at home. I did not take the effort to buy anything specially for this recipe. The slight change of ingredients are below:

  • Usually most people use Sesame oil or mustard oil for pickles. I have used pure vegetable oil instead.
  • Fresh curry leaves are used to season the oil for pickles, whereas I have used the available dried curry leaves that I already had at home.
  • Adding vinegar is optional in pickles, I always add them as I use less salt than required. Instead of the ordinary plain vinegar, I have used vinegar with white wine which I had ready at home.
These are the "Green sour apples" I used for preparing this pickle recipe

These are the "Green sour apples" I used for preparing this pickle recipe

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

30 min

1 hour

2 small bottles (600 gms)


  • 8 Apples, Small sour ones - Chopped
  • 200 ml Oil, Sesame Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Mustard seeds, Roasted and powdered
  • 1 tablespoon Fenugreek seeds, Roasted and powdered
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds, Roasted and powdered
  • 1/2 teaspoon Asafoetida powder
  • A handful Curry leaves
  • 10 Dry red chillies, Roasted and crushed
  • 2 tablespoon Red chili powder
  • 4 tablespoons White Vinegar
  • To taste Salt
  • For seasoning mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  1. Roast the red chilies till they change colour a bit. They will turn from red to a kind of dark red shade. Take them off fire at this stage. Leave them to cool for a minute before you crush them. Do not powder, but crush them.
  2. While you are crushing the red chilies, put the fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds and mustard seeds together for roasting. They will start to change colour to a darker shade. Remove them from fire at this point. Cool them a bit and powder them coarsely.
  3. Heat oil in a pan. I used vegetable oil, but use sesame oil if you can, for that flavour and special taste. While oil is warming up, chop the apples, removing the seeds. When oil is hot, add some mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds and wait till they splutter. Then add curry leaves (preferably the fresh ones) and asafoetida powder
  4. Quickly add the chopped apples (because you do not want the curry leaves and asafoetida powder to burn), coarsely ground mixture of fenugreek seeds + cumin seeds + mustard seeds, turmeric powder, chili powder and crushed red chillies. Add salt to taste according to your preference and mix everything together. Leave on fire till the apple pieces get heated through. You will see that they turn from white to a reddish colour. At this point, add vinegar, mix well and take off from fire.
  5. Leave this to cool completely and store in sterilised bottles. The pickles I prepare stay for a few months. Hopefully this one should stay too. This is my first attempt with this recipe, so I am not in a situation to give you the shelf life for this pickle (I will add this later after my experimentation for a few weeks). You can also store the pickle it in a refrigerator.
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Apple Pickle in bottles

Apple Pickle in bottles

Sorry, I do not have any nutritional information here for this recipe. I do not know how to calculate them either. You need to excuse me for this!

This pickle tastes good with rice and chapatis. I have tried this today and it is really really tasty. A mixture of spiciness, sourness and sweetness goes really well. You can adjust the amount of spiciness according to your taste. The recipe here is a bit spicy (just a little warning).

I hope you all enjoy this recipe, and please do not forget to drop me a line, if you try this. Also please do not hesitate to drop your ideas and thoughts about this recipe.

Thank you for reading.

Well I did not stop here. The taste of the pickle pushed me into preparing Apple Rice. I did reserve an apple for this as I was so sure that after tasting the pickle, I was not going to stop myself from preparing the rice recipe. You know, when you taste something (for example apple pickle here) and add up all the ingredients in your mind for a different recipe where you will be using similar ingredients, you know the taste even before you cook it. Hope I am right on this one!

Do check out my Apple Rice recipe and feel free to feedback! Happy feasting! :-)



livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on January 05, 2016:

Hello Bhupinder, thank you for reading and sharing your experience. I can see that your version has some spices that would give it a sweeter taste if I am not mistaken. I would love to know how this pickle turned out and how it tasted. Sorry for the late response. Please share your experience if you get to see this comment. Thank you again and have a great 2016! :)

Bhupinder on January 16, 2015:

I followed this exellent recipe but made some twist. I added a little garlic amd ginger also added pinch of cinnamon a few cloves and black peppercorn with two Tbs of sugar. I also used white wine vinegar. I have just prepared it and waiting impatiently to taste it after keeping it for a day or so.

Thanks and have a good day.

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on June 05, 2013:

Hi Mary, thank you. I did this out of curiosity and was happy with the results. Glad that you found this interesting. Have a good day :-)

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 04, 2013:

I just learned something new today!!! I never heard of apple pickles. Sounds pretty interesting, though.

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on April 29, 2013:

Hi Passionate77, thank you so much for reading and sharing. I am pleased that this was of interest to you. Your mother will like this for sure if she likes pickles. Thank you again for the appreciation and blessings to you too! Have a great rest of the week!

passionate77 on April 29, 2013:

hi livingsta, very nice sharing dear, in asia pickle is considered an important part of meal, specially with lunch and dinner, various fruits and vegetables are pickled in many ways, i just came across your this recipe, found it nice, i will share it with my mother also, thanks for sharing it dear, stay blessed!

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on March 06, 2013:

Hi Vespawoolf, thank you for reading. Yes, it is for sure delicious! I was confused about the apples, thank you for clarifying it for me! I am glad you liked the recipe!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 06, 2013:

We love pickled fruits and veggies and I'm sure this is delicious with all the spices as well. Your apples look like a Granny Smith, which are a tart and crisp apple, but I'd have to try the recipe to see how they turn out! Thank you for sharing.

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on March 05, 2013:

Hi Anglnwu, thank you for reading. You will for sure like this one!

anglnwu on March 04, 2013:

I love pickles and this recipe sounds good. I'll try it one of these days.

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on March 01, 2013:

Nellieanna, true true :-)

Have a lovely weekend!!!

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on March 01, 2013:

Thank you KoffeeKlatch Gals, for the read and votes. Have a great weekend!

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on February 28, 2013:

Now I'm smiling, too. After all, one shouldn't be so rigidly devoted to one's regimen as to never make exceptions to one's own habits or rules!


Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on February 28, 2013:

This is the first time I have heard of an apple pickle. It sounds quite interesting. Up and interesting.

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on February 28, 2013:

Hi Deergha, I am sure you will enjoy cooking them. It is simple and tastes good too! Thank you so much for the votes and share! Have a good day!

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on February 28, 2013:

Hi Rajan, thank you so much. I am in all smiles!!! It was the sour taste of these apples that gave me this idea. I am sure you will love them if you love pickles. You can also try with unripe apples. Thank you for the votes and share. You have a good day!

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on February 27, 2013:

It sound very interesting and this is the first time i have came across about Apple pickle so far. Though to be honest i don enjoy cooking now feeling like giving it a try. Thanks for sharing this one and I am sharing it too. Votes up and away.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 27, 2013:

livingsta, I've never heard of apples being pickled so hats off to you on this gem of an idea and for executing it.

I'm sure the way these pickled apples look, they are going to be a hit with all those who taste them.

I'm bookmarking this hub, will ask my wife to try making it once I get hold of sour and crisp apples.

Cheers for an ingenious recipe.

Voted up, very interesting and shared.

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on February 26, 2013:

Hi Nellieanna, thank you so much. You made me smile at that word "exception"

Thank you also for the appreciation. Hope you are well. Have a great rest of the week ahead!

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on February 26, 2013:

Hello livingsta! - After seeing your comment on Debbie's lovely tribute to me, & not having met you before, I just had to come visit your hubsite! I'm so glad I did!

I just love those spices. Love apples and love pickles, but I eat fruit only fresh and raw. However, for this, I could make an exception, I'm sure!

Now I'm also enchanted by your writing and art!

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on February 16, 2013:

Thank you for stopping by Teaches12345. Do let me know how you like it, if you try. Have a good weekend :-)

Dianna Mendez on February 15, 2013:

I think I would love this recipe. I love tart Granny Smith apples and pickling them would really be a treat. Thanks for sharing this idea.

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on February 13, 2013:

@Unknown Spy: I have never heard of cucumber in pickles. Need to give it a try, I love cucumbers. And this pickle is definitely worth a try. You will love it. Thank you for reading and your appreciation!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on February 12, 2013:

great job! we used to pickle cucumber and mangoes..apples are really interesting! a must-try.

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