Orange and Garlic Pickle

The smell of fresh oranges with the pungency of garlic is a match made in heaven. Or, that’s what I feel about it. I love oranges when they are fresh, juicy, tangy and pulpy, and I’ve been wanting to use them in something other than marmalade for a while now. And of course, garlic happens to be an all-time favourite. So one day I was bored out of my wits, and wanted to try something totally unconventional. And I came up with this quirky idea to put the two ingredients together. A eureka moment, shall we say? But not all eureka moments turn into happy results. But when I made this recipe, voila, what a transformation! The result was a yummy, gooey substance that literally flew off the shelves… ahem, my kitchen platform.

You must try it to believe it!


Orange – 4 (pulp removed and finely chopped)

Garlic – 25 pods

Oil – ¼ cup (I prefer sesame oil)

Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Chili powder – 2 tablespoons

Jaggery powder – ½ teaspoon

Vinegar – ¼ cup (you can reduce this quantity if your oranges are sour)


Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add garlic and sauté till they turn slightly brown. Add the orange pulp, salt, chili powder and jaggery. Cook for around 8 – 10 minutes. Switch off and add vinegar. Your yummy pickle is ready. The pickle tastes best after a day.

Know Your Ingredient


The orange fruit is one of the most nutritional. A big orange exceeds the daily nutritional requirement of vitamin C. Hence, it is very helpful in boosting immunity.

Oranges are rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber and are helpful in relieving constipation. They also help digestion by keeping your intestines and stomach in top health.

Oranges are a good source of beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant that protects from cancer and other inflammatory diseases.

This is a low glycemic index fruit and hence it moderates the rise in blood sugar. Research indicates that citrates and citric acid in oranges may help in kidney stones.

Even the smell of an orange is known to relieve stress up to 70%.

Type Fruit
Form Fresh
How to Buy Look for oranges which are firm and heavy for their size. Avoid fruits with green /moldy spots.
Storage Whole oranges can be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature for up to two weeks.