Natal plum aka Karonda pickle

Natal plums are nearly all round fruits of a tree known as ‘killer’. The tree is considered by many as weed tree, though the fruit is deliciously tangy. to the unknown, an overdose of this fruit may be suicidal.

The fruit is more often used as vegetable in a variety of food preparations.

My earliest memories of this fruit goes back to my visit of grandma’s place in Konnagar, a suburb near Kolkata (earlier Calcutta). There used be a bushy tree laden with fruits at grandma’s place. It can be used for pickles, jams, chutneys etc.

natal plums

I brought these beauties home for the sole purpose of pickling.

natal plum aka karonda pickle

Here’s what I did………..


250 gms – natal plums

2 tsp – tumeric powder

2+2 tbsp – mustard oil

1/4 tsp – asafoetida

2 tsp – yellow mustard seeds

2 tsp – fennel seeds

1 1/2 tsp – red chili powder

rock salt to taste


Wash and wipe the plums. Cut into half and gently extract the seed.

Grind the mustard seeds and half of the fennel seeds together. Heat 1 tbsp oil to smoking point. Take it off fire and add the asafoetida to this. Keep aside to cool.

In a bowl mix together all the spices and plums. Season with rock salt and check for taste. Add 1 tbsp of oil to this mix and keep aside for 30 mins.

Jar the mixture after 30 mins and pour the asafoetida flavored oil over it. Sprinkle some more rock salt on top. Keep out in direct sunlight for 5- 6 days. Pickle is ready !!

Shelf life of the pickle will be 1 year or more. πŸ™‚ Goes well with hot rice and dal or khichdi.

natal plum aka karonda pickle


Happy pickling !!! πŸ˜‰

Cheers !!! πŸ˜€




About andy

hi there.....friends call me Andy :) I am a school teacher by profession. Passionate about reading, some random experimental cooking, some hit 'n' miss photography......and i am a dreamer ;) Thank you for popping by :)
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22 Responses to Natal plum aka Karonda pickle

  1. Pickle day is it? Two yummy pickles which I never heard and tasted. …g8 Andy. …droolicious. ..

  2. Lori says:

    Never heard of these! Sound yummy!

  3. Hilda says:

    Those plums sound delicious. What a great way to preserve a delicate fruit!

  4. Andy I should say u r pickle queen:-) guess u can make pickle with everything awesome.. I will stay close to you.. O love pickle rice. Would have visited you ever day and grabbed ur pickle boxes

  5. Chhapanbhog says:

    Wow ACB, I love karondas.. I remember when I was kid nd mom use to pickle them, I loved to grab them just like that… Lovely shots…:)

  6. M says:

    this fruit may kill you!? wow!

  7. thebrookcook says:

    Your plums look like a wild plum that we have here in NY that grow by the beach- I just call them beach plums. Probably not deadly- and most people who brave the poison ivy to get to them use them to make jam with LOTS of sugar. (they are really tart) Pickling them is a fun plan! Nice! πŸ™‚

  8. First of all that new look (header pic) looks lovely onthe blog :).
    I love karonda. We had a karonda jhaad in house while growing up and what fun it was to pluck and eat and make faces at its tartness :). Methi karonda ki chutney is my absolute favorite. This pickle is a killer. Sharing with my readers on my FB page :).

  9. Arl's World says:

    Sounds good! I love things pickled. I really like your header picture. πŸ™‚

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