Did you even have a childhood if you never took a sneaky little whiff of the piles of stacked parathas, subtly omitting the scent of piping hot potatoes that unknowingly merged with the scent of the large feast we called a light lunch? Winter has its own charm in our country, and if there’s one thing that can take you back to the January afternoons of Punjab, it’s undoubtedly the food; and in particular, it’s our Bua’s gobhi, gajar, shalgam ka achaar.
Since this achaar is made with such intricacy and finesse, it’s difficult to take time out to perfect the recipe. While we do cook our famous aloo ke parathe for winter lunches today, there’s always the one missing element that deprives you from enjoying the whole experience. And that’s exactly what we set out to do: to help you recreate those memorable afternoons by bringing to you the incomplete piece- bua’s world-famous achaar.
The recipes highlights three main ingredients, but what we don’t realise is that the familiar flavours of the cauliflowers, carrots, and turnips are made to taste so delicious because of the unsung elements: namely jaggery, rai, an array of different spices, and a whole lot of love. While traditionally this pickle is made seasonally, we carefully curated the freshest vegetables and spices to ensure authentic, flavourful, and mom-approved recipes that are available all year round.
Benefits of Gobi Gajar Shalgam
Gobhi, gajar, shalgam ka achaar is almost irresistible with its fragrant aroma and impeccable flavour profile. Now that we don’t have to wait year after year to visit our hometown to get our hands on a jar, it’s easier to include with our everyday meals. Besides its compelling taste, this pickle is great for health as well. You may be wondering what its benefits are?
Packed with antioxidants
Given its high vitamin and mineral content it’s an immune-boosting pickle that is packed with antioxidants
Good for bone health
A good natural source of Vitamin A and C as well as calcium, it is good for bone health
Provides a balanced diet
A healthy, functioning heart requires a balanced diet consisting the right type and quantity of oil, which thanks to the mustard oil, you will receive from this pickle
Helps with the digestive health
Consuming gobhi, gajar, shalgam ka achaar is one the best ways you can look after your digestive health: it cleanses the digestive tract, drastically reduced acidity, and helps with weight management
How is Gobi Gajar Shalgam Pickle made?
Apart from being a condiment, pickles have health benefits that are highly advantageous if had regularly. Since each individual element has been thoroughly examined before being added to our recipe, we utilized every single ingredient to its maximum potential in the final product. Here are some reasons why these ingredients should be made part of your daily diet:
Gobhi has been a staple vegetable in Indian households for as long as we can remember. But why? Well for starters, the nutrition profile of cauliflowers is highly impressive, consisting of Vitamin K, C, B6, potassium, manganese, pantothenic acid, and a respectable amount of calories. It is also rich in fiber which helps improve gut health and aid in weight loss
Carrots aren’t just a delicious and crunchy vegetable; in fact, they are known to help in treating conditions such as night blindness thanks to their Vitamin A content. Carrots help in lowering blood sugar levels and are also a good source of multiple minerals and vitamins such as biotin, potassium and Vitamins B6, K1 and A
This root vegetable is very useful in fighting against disease-causing bacteria such as E. coli, and also are highly beneficial for those who struggle with weight management. Rich in Vitamin K, turnips promote bone metabolism and also go a long way in managing your blood sugar
Not only does it act as a natural sweetener, jaggery has the power to completely detox your body by cleansing the respiratory and digestive tract. It’s a great alternative to manufactured white sugar because of its rich mineral content, and immune-boosting nature, as well as a method to control weight gain
Popularly known as asafoetida, heeng is highly beneficial for the digestive system: since it is antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory, it proves to be a great cure for bloating as well as acidity. It also has antifungal and antibacterial properties, preventing the pickles from going bad soon
Mustard oil is commonly used in India as cooking oil for sautéing and stir-frying vegetables. It’s used for a number of reasons: firstly, it possesses antimicrobial properties thus acting as a natural preservative. Secondly, mustard improves gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health. It is also known to slow down the growth of certain types of cancer cells
What goes best with Gobi Gajar Shalgam?
Since it is conventionally eaten and so lovingly cherished with aloo parathas in Northern India, we decided to list out some other dishes gobhi, gajar, shalgam ka achaar can be enjoyed with; something that we like to call ‘matches made in heaven:
Sarson ka Saag
If you have had this rich, luscious saag, made with spinach leaves and ginger and garlic, you know that it is perfectly paired with makki ki roti. As delicious as this duo is, we’re here to tell you it makes an even better trio. The sweet, spicy, sour goodness of gobhi, gajar, shalgam ka achaar very seamlessly blends in with the spicy saag and uplifts the entire experience
Another quintessential Punjabi delicacy made even more flavourful when mixed with this pickle. Pindi chole is known for its spicy and bold palate, and when had with a little bit of bua’s achaar, the distinctive taste of the dish is elevated to give a more wholesome flavour profile
These soft and fluffy flatbreads are usually enjoyed with matar and chole, but you can switch things up and give this conventional combo a new and zesty twist. Serve the kulchas along with some green chutney and gobhi, gajar, shalgam ka achaar to taste the unique flavour of every single element on your plate
We have grown up eating this pickle with aloo parathas, served with a glassful of lassi. Try something new by replacing potatoes with radishes, for a wholesome blend of classic, delicate, and delicious flavours
Adding a little bit of pickle to your meals goes a long way in enhancing and bringing out the best in your dish.
Achaar encapsulates not only health benefits and delicious flavours, but is also representative of all the memories we fondly recall and long to return to. There is a saying that food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate, and the joy on our mothers and grandmothers faces as they serve us a home-cooked meal has to be the purest expression of love. As a way to capture that love and bring it to everyone who misses those homemade meals, we set out on our mission to establish MOLO: and it is with immense joy and pride we share with you these mom-approved pickles.