Kundru ka achaar – Ivy gourd pickle

Kundru or ivy gourd, is a tropical summer vegetable. Though it is available throughout the year, it is best consumed during summers.

There are innumerable Β ways of cooking this humble, lesser known vegetable. It looks like a gherkin with outstanding health benefits, especially for the diabetics.

pic source : Google

pic source : Google

Kundru / Ivy gourd is a chiefly a rainfed crop. Usually consumed as vegetable in stir fry or curry form. Pickling them is a novel idea and tastes differently from the regular pickles.

ivy gourd pickle

Here’s what I did…………


500 gms – ivy gourd

1 tsp – asafoetida/ hing

1/2 tbsp – white mustard / rayi

1/4 tsp – fenugreek seeds

1 tbsp – powdered jaggery

1 tsp – dried mango powder/ amchoor

1/2 tbsp – red chili powder

1 cup – mustard oil

salt to taste


Wash and wipe the gourds. Nip the ends. Cut it through the center, halfway.

Grind the mustard and fenugreek seeds, coarsely.

Heat oil in a pan. Once it reaches smoking point, take it off fire. Wait for 5 mins and add the asafoetida to the oil. Allow the oil to cool to room temperature.

Mix rest of the ingredients together and add the gourds to it. Add salt.

Once the oil has cooled, add it to the mix. Pour in dry, sterilized glass jar and sun it for a fortnight before consuming.

ivy gourd pickle

Happy pickling !! πŸ™‚

Cheers !! πŸ˜€

Note : Pickles usually have long shelf life, but try and consume this pickle within 6 -7 months from the date of pickling.



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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18 Responses to Kundru ka achaar – Ivy gourd pickle

  1. Pingback: Winter Platter 2 – Peas pilaf, Boondi raita, Fried egg with Ivy gourd pickle | acbistro

  2. teatimechic says:

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oooh. Im drooling! πŸ˜‹

  4. Malar says:

    Looks so yummy, love it πŸ™‚

  5. Chhapan Bhog says:

    Wow..Looks lip smacking… πŸ™‚

  6. So can the ivy gourd be replaced with bitter melon? I’ve found it at a local market.

  7. Paula says:

    I would, but where do I get them in my God forsaken country πŸ˜€

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