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Jathikka Achar/Nutmeg Fruit Pickle

Jathikka Achar

Today's recipe is a spicy and tasty pickle-Jathikka Achar.It is made with of nutmeg fruit/Jathikkathodu. This is a guest post .Today I am extremely delighted, to have as a guest,  my dear mother-in-law. She is wonderful cook and a big supporter of this blog from the beginning.  A few days backs we were discussing over phone about various recipes and she agreed to share this recipe.She made this pickle and clicked pictures . Thanks Ammachi for sending this recipe to share.

Nutmeg is a popular spice used in cooking and baking .The nutmeg fruit is the fleshy outer covering. It splits open when the nutmeg is ready for harvesting. The nutmeg seeds/kernel is  wrapped with a lacey red covering or aril (mace) which is also used as a spice. Both nutmeg and mace are extremely aromatic spices with a mildly sweet flavor.Nutmeg is rich in antioxidants and is used in traditional medicine to enhance digestion,as a pain reliever, anti depressant and also used for  skin care.Just like the seed the fruit also has great nutritional value. In Kerala it is used to make chutney/chammanthi, pickle and wine.The fruit is candied in Indonesia and iced nutmeg juice made with the fruit is a famous beverage in the streets of Penang. This is a simple and easy to make pickle.

Recipe courtesy: Mrs. Beena Murali

Jathikkathodu/Nutmeg fruits- 10
Garlic - 10-12 pods
Ginger sliced- 2 inch thick piece
Mustard powder- 1/2 tsp
Kashmiri chili powder - 3 tbs
Fenugreek powder- 3/4 tsp
Asafoetida- 3/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Gingerly oil- 1/3 cup
Vinegar- 1/3 cup

 Cut the jathikkathondu/ nutmeg fruit into thin slices and set aside (you can also steam it to make it soft, but it will reduce the shelf life of the pickle). Dry roast mustard for two minutes and make it into a coarse powder.
 Heat gingerly oil in a pan add the sliced garlic and ginger and saute for a minute  or till the raw flavor disappears. Add the sliced nutmeg fruit and saute for three to four minutes or till it becomes soft. Add the spice powder and salt and mix for a minute. Switch off the flame and mix vinegar. When it cools down store in air tight jars. It will be ready to use within two or three days.

Try it,
Hope you will all enjoy!


  1. Jathika achar looks delicious.

  2. That is so sweet of your MIL to click pics for you and share a traditional recipe... looks delicious...

  3. Priya @asmallbite
    Never heard of this pickle before,very informative share...

  4. I have never heard of this fruit, the pickle looks awesome..


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