Gongura Pickle – A tried & tested family recipe

Gongura Pickle – A tried & tested family recipe

Gongura Pickle Recipe:

You might have seen my patch of Roselle/sorrel/Gongura as it is commonly called, if not you can view it HERE. I had promised you then that I will share my Gongura or Pulicha-Keerai pickle recipe with you. So here’s it is! Watch how I harvested them and converted them into a yummy pickle that will last more than a month for me to savour them. Truly a farm to table dish it is! Without further ado let’s get to the recipe!


I have divided the ingredients into 3 categories for easy reference.

For Saute:

  • 3 cups – Green Sorrel/Gongura/Pulicha keerai leaves
  • 2 tablespoons – Sesame/gingelly oil
  • Tamarind – a small gooseberry size
  • Salt to taste

For Roasting & Grinding:

  • Urad dal (black gram) – 1 1/2 tablespoon
  • Coriander seeds – 1 1/2 tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli – 10-15 (roast in a litte oil separately)

For Seasoning:

  • Garlic – 10 cloves (optional)
  • sesame oil – 3-4 tablespoons
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves (optional)

To watch the video of Gongura pickle in the making go right ahead.


  1. Wash the leaves well and let it air dry. It’s good to remove the moisture before cooking to increase its shelf life.
  2. Saute the greens in oil and add the tamarind and salt.
  3. Once it cooks down, remove from flame and let it cool.
  4. Grind it into a coarse / fine paste as per your requirements.
  5. Meanwhile, get the ingredients for roasting and roast them till they are nice and golden brown in colour.
  6. Now let it cool and grind them into a powder.
  7. Take a kadai/pan and heat a generous amount of oil and add the seasoning mix to this.
  8. Add in the ground greens and then the dry masala mix to this.
  9. Adjust the salt and mix this all well till oil leaves the sides.
  10. Your Gongura pickle is ready!

If you want to know the benefits of this super-nutritious and delicious green then CLICK HERE to read more. You are going to be bowled over by the facts!


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