Carrot and Green Chilies Salad/Pickle with Mustard (Raita gajar marcha)

IMG_2262 This dish is made in all Indian homes and served as a condiment with the main meal. It adds to the flavours of the dishes you have in your plate (thali).  Indian thali will have fresh chappatis, puri or any similar bread with 2-3 curries, rice, dalls, chutneys, raita and a sweet dish. Each dish tastes different and adding such pickles, chutneys or papadums helps to balance all the flavours.

I have made carrot, chilly and mango pickle using similar ingredients but this one is a lot easier to make and use with Indian meals and especially in sandwiches.  Families have their own version of making this dish.  Some like to grind the mustard seeds and use the powder, some may not add the oil.   My suggestion is to experiment and find a taste that you like.  I’ve started to add a few fennel seeds and sometimes even whole peppercorns in out pickle and we usually finish ours within a few days.


  • 2-3 medium carrots
  • 8-12 fresh green chillies
  • 2 tbls od lemon juice
  • 2 tbls of split mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp of ready made English Mustard
  • 1 -2 tsps of salt
  • 1 tsps of turmeric
  • 2 tsps of fennel seeds
  • 2 tbls of cooking oil


1. Peel and wash the carrots and grate them using a mandoline slicer rather a grater if possible.

2.  De stalk the green chilies and slice them into two lengthwise and soak them in cold water for 5 minutes. Soaking them helps to remove the hot chilly seeds. Remove the water from the chilies and any loose seeds by using a sieve. P1190732

3. Transfer all the prepared carrots and chilies to a mixing bowl.  Add the salt, turmeric, lemon juice, the fennel seeds,  split mustard seeds and  the English mustard paste  and mix well.P1190735P1190736

4. Heat the 2 tablespoons of oil and allow to cool very slightly

5. Add this oil to the mixture and stir well. Adding the warm oil helps to release the flavours from all the spices and also coats the spices to all the vegetables.P1190738

6. Transfer this pickle to a clean bottle and eat after 24 hours when carrots and chilies  will be marinated with all the spices.

7.  This freshly made pickle can remain edible for a week if kept in the fridge.  Eat it as a pickle with your meal or use it as a salad filling.

Do you have any favourite condiments your family loves?  Home made or store bought?



  • Linsy

    I take undhu combination, more marcha and less gajar, love this anytime

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Linsy – We used to be like that but can’t do it any more as the chilies I use are of the hottest variety as they are the only ones I can buy locally. Even friends who claim they can eat hot food – shy away from my chutney and raita chilies as they are too hot!!

  • I’ve never made my own pickles but I love all the spices in Indian food, so I’m sure I’d love this. Tx

  • Shobha

    Nice spicy accompaniment with meals.. can be made in a jiffy.

  • Amy

    This looks delicious. Definitely need to give this a try. x

  • Phoebe Thomas

    I like the addition of fennel seeds, this sounds delicious

  • That sounds fantastic – a nice fresh flavour to accompany curries. Definitely going to give it a go!

  • Sounds tasty, however I would have to forgo the chillies as even without the pregnancy heartburn i’ve got at the moment I’m a bit of a chilli wuss!

  • this osunds like a lovely mix of ingredients x

  • I bet my husband would really love this, thanks for sharing.

  • this looks so so tasty, i love food full of flavour! i might try this one! 🙂

  • Globalmouse

    Yum, sounds delicious and really healthy. Love the combination of carrots and spice.

  • Kate Williams

    That looks lovely, I’m trying to loose some weight at the moment so that would be perfect for me!

  • This is so fab and looks so yummy how good to try.

  • Clare Mansell

    I love the idea of something fresh to go with a cooked Indian meal, I was a little freaked out by the idea of whole chillis in a dish, but I see that you remove the seeds! 🙂

  • Of that sounds fab. We love condiments. I think our favorite is home made tartar sauce

  • Mellissa Williams

    I think my husband would like this pickle, he loves strong flavours.

  • This would be just the perfect dish for the weekend it sounds really delicious 🙂

  • Queen Boudica

    That looks amazing, I really ought to start making things more myself. We buy most of our condiments, mainly as my last foray into chutney making was completely inedible. It kind of put me off a bit!

  • I’m loving the colours of this

  • New Mum Online

    Oh I love carrots and like Clare says the colours. Yet again I am reading a foodie post when I haven’t had lunch yet – I really must stop doing this *runs to the kitchen* x

  • This sounds lovely and the colours look amazing x x

  • Kara

    This looks and sounds delicious and healthy!!

  • I don’t like spicy foods, and would probably starve if in India! I do enjoy carrot-raisin salad, however. 😉 Mixing these two items in the food processor creates a great dish!

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