What is Chilli Pickle?
Chilli pickle is a popular condiment that is made by preserving chilli peppers in a mixture of spices, salt, and oil. The exact ingredients and preparation method can vary depending on the region and personal preference, but some common ingredients used in making chilli pickle include red or green chillies, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, asafoetida, vinegar or lemon juice, and oil.
To make chilli pickle, the chillies are first washed and dried thoroughly. Then they are slit or chopped into small pieces and mixed with salt and other spices. The mixture is then placed in an airtight container or jar and left to ferment for a few days, allowing the flavours to develop and the chillies to soften.
After fermentation, the mixture is heated in oil to enhance the flavour and to increase the shelf life of the pickle. Once cooled, the pickle can be stored in an airtight container or jar and consumed over a period of several months. Chilli pickle is a popular accompaniment to many Indian dishes and is known for its spicy and tangy taste. It is also believed to have several health benefits due to the presence of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds in chillies.
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Our Chilli Pickle Selection
We have a tri of delicious chilli pickles for you to try, ranging in heat levels. Our roasted jalapeno is the mildest of our pickles, Tasty Fire has a bit more of a kick to it, and then there's our hottest yet Moruga Fire pickle.
Moruga Fire pickle is made from a former world record-holding hottest chilli, meaning that it can pack a punch of spice!
Or why not try all 3! Our chilli picker sampler selection offers all three of our delicious pickles for you to try.
What Do Pickled Chillies Taste Like?
Pickled chillies are a popular condiment in many cuisines, and their flavour can vary depending on the type of chili and the specific pickling method used. Generally, pickled chillies have a tangy and slightly sour taste that is balanced by a mild sweetness. The pickling process involves soaking the chillies in a solution of vinegar, salt, and sugar, which helps to preserve the chillies while also giving them their characteristic flavour.
One of the most common types of pickle chillies is the jalapeño pepper, which is often used in Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. Pickled jalapeños have a tangy, slightly sweet flavour or with a mild spiciness that is much milder than fresh jalapeños. They are commonly used as a topping for nachos, tacos, and other Mexican dishes, and can also be added to sandwiches or salads for a spicy kick.
Pickled chillies can add a delicious and unique flavour to many different types of dishes. They can be used to add a tangy, slightly sweet flavour to sandwiches, salads, and other dishes, or to add a mild spiciness to Mexican or Asian cuisine. The specific flavour of pickled chillies will depend on the type of chilli and the pickling method used, but in general, they are a tasty and versatile condiment that can add a lot of flavour to any meal.
What Are The Best Pickling Chillies To Use?
When it comes to pickling chillies, the choice of pepper can
greatly affect the flavour and heat level of the end product. Here are some
popular options for pickling chillies that include the Scotch Bonnet pepper and
Trinidad Scorpion pepper:
- Scotch Bonnet Pepper: Scotch Bonnet peppers are a staple in Caribbean cuisine, and their fruity, floral flavour and intense heat make them a great option for pickling. Their heat level is similar to that of a habanero pepper, but with a distinct sweetness and fruity flavour that pairs well with
many different foods.
- Jalapeño peppers: Jalapeños are a popular choice for pickling due to their mild heat and tangy, slightly sweet flavour. They are commonly used in Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine and can be used as a topping for nachos, tacos, and other dishes.
- Trinidad Scorpion Pepper: Trinidad Scorpion peppers are one of the hottest peppers in the world, with a complex, fruity flavour and intense
heat. They are often used in Caribbean cuisine and work well for pickling, but
should be used with caution due to their extreme heat.
- Banana Pepper: Banana peppers are a mild and slightly sweet pepper that work well for pickling. They have a similar flavour to bell peppers,
making them a great addition to salads, sandwiches, or as a side dish.
- Serrano Pepper: Serrano peppers are a popular choice for pickling due to their bright, citrusy flavour and medium heat level. They are commonly used in Mexican cuisine and work well as a topping for tacos, nachos, and other dishes. They are very similar in taste to Jalapeños, but they are spicier!
- Fresno Pepper: Fresno peppers have a medium heat level and a
sweet, slightly fruity flavour that makes them a great option for pickling. They
work well as a topping for pizzas, sandwiches, or in salads.
These are just a few examples of popular peppers for
pickling. The specific pepper used will depend on the desired flavour and heat
level, as well as personal preference. It's important to handle hot peppers
with care, wearing gloves and avoiding touching your eyes or face.
Pickled Green Chillies vs Pickled Red Chillies
Pickled green chillies and pickled red chillies are both
popular condiments in many cultures around the world. While they share some
similarities, there are also some notable differences between them.
One of the main differences between pickled green and red
chillies is their taste. Green chillies tend to be milder and have a slightly
tangy flavour, while red chillies are generally hotter and have a more robust
taste. This is because red chillies have been allowed to fully ripen on the
plant, which increases their heat level and changes their flavour profile.
Another difference between the two types of pickled chillies
is their appearance. Pickled green chillies tend to be a bright green colour,
while pickled red chillies are a deep red. This can make a difference in the
way they are used in dishes, as the colour of the chillies can impact the
overall appearance of the dish.
In terms of health benefits, both pickled green and red
chillies can be good sources of vitamins and minerals. However, red chillies
are known to contain higher levels of the compound capsaicin, which has been
linked to various health benefits such as pain relief, improved digestion, and
Other types of Chilli Pickles
While some people may only be familiar with the traditional red chilli pickle, there are actually many different types of chilli pickles to choose from. Here are some of the most popular varieties:
- Red Chili Pickle - Made with red chilli peppers, this pickle is typically spicier and more pungent than other varieties.
- Green Chili Pickle - Made with green chilli peppers, this pickle has a milder flavour and a bright, tangy taste.
- Mango Chili Pickle - Made with chunks of ripe mango and chilli peppers, this pickle has a sweet and spicy flavour that is perfect for adding to curries and rice dishes.
- Onion Chili Pickle - Made with sliced onions and chilli peppers, this pickle has a tangy and spicy flavour that is great for adding to sandwiches and burgers.
- Garlic Chili Pickle - Made with whole garlic cloves and chilli peppers, this pickle has a strong, savoury flavour that pairs well with meats and vegetables.
- Lime Chili Pickle - Made with lime wedges and chilli peppers, this pickle has a zesty, citrusy flavour that is great for adding to fish dishes and salads.
- Carrot Chili Pickle - Made with sliced carrots and chilli peppers, this pickle has a slightly sweet and spicy flavour that is perfect for snacking on its own or adding to sandwiches and wraps.
- Mixed Chili Pickle - Made with a variety of different chilli peppers, this pickle has a complex and nuanced flavour that is perfect for adding to spicy dishes like curries and stews.
Our Chilli Pickle Selection
Chilli Pickles is one of our passions here at Sheffield Dragon. We are proud to say that we have a range of pickles for different taste buds.
By growing the freshest ingredients to use in our products, creating innovative recipes, and a focus on flavour, we are happy to be able to share our pickles with you to enjoy.