Lesue ka Achaar

lehsua achaarLesue ka Achaar – Lesua, lesuda, gonda or gunda  these little balls have many names though when I got married I had never heard any of these names and I had no idea about their existence on earth. Axat was working in Australia when we got married and then we soon shifted to singapore. So I did not get the chance of sampling Rajasthani dishes after marriage.

lesua

One day we were discussing the food that we miss the most and Axat was really sad that he had not been able to taste lesue ka achaar for quite some time. And I was like Lesue What is that?

Axat-The little green round balls which are used in pickles.

I still keep on staring. Suddenly
me– Oh I get it. You mean karonde or may be teet.

Now I could see that look in Axat’s eyes( where has this girl been living. She does not know what is lesua)
Axat– Everybody knows what is lesua. Where have you been living?

me – There is nothing like Lesua. you are just mixing things up.

And so it went on. In the end Axat decided that whenever we go back to jaipur I will be introduced to these precious gems. And I was.

gonde ka achaar
When I tried to make this pickle for the first time I boiled lesua a little longer than necessary and the achaar did not survive for long. This time I have made these under guidance of my mother-in-law with her exact measurement to avoid another mishap.

Lesua ka achaar with raw mango
Lesue ka achaar is healthy also. There I go again. As all its names implies it has a gum like substance which is good for joints. All the spices used help in digestion.

How to make Lesue Ka Achaar

Preparation time: around 30 minutes
cooking time: 10 minutes + 3-4 minutes
you have to keep achaar in sun for 1-2 hours for 2-3 days.

Ingredients:

1 kg lesue
500 gms raw mango pulp ( After removing the skin and seed from 750 gms raw mango)

4 tsp Red chilli powder
2 tsp turmeric powder
150 gms salt
 1/4  tsp asafoetida (heeng)

to be ground into a coarse mixture:

150 gms fennel seeds
1 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds(daana methi)
1/2 tsp nigella seeds( kalonji)

mustard oil ( sarson ka tel)approximately 3 cups

To make Lesue Ka Achaar

lesue

Remove the lesua from the bunch. The  cap should remain intact otherwise Lesua will soak a lot of oil. Wash carefully 2-3 times. meanwhile put a large pan of water to boil.

lesua achaar 1

Add lesue to hot water. Turn the flame to medium and let the lesua cook for around 10 minutes uncovered. The color of lesua should change to olive green. Switch off the flame. Some of the lesue might have cracks. Drain immediately and let them dry on a neat cotton cloth for some time.

lesua achaar

Remove the skin and cut raw mango into very small pieces as shown below.

kairi

Heat oil in a pan. Drop a fennel seed to check if the oil is warm enough or not. If the fennel seed starts to float oil is warm enough. Add asafoetida and coarsely ground mixture. Switch off the flame.

lesua achaar 2

Add the raw mango and mix thoroughly.

add kairi

Now add salt, turmeric and red chilli powder to the raw mango.

add spices

In the end add lesue. Mix carefully and thoroughly. let the pickle cool before filling in a sterlised glass jar with tight lid. You should always store pickles in glass jars.

lehsua achaar

you might have to adjust the level of oil in pickle. After filling the jar the oil should reach above the surface. If it is not so heat some oil to the fennel seed test, let it cool completely and add to the pickle. I also had to add oil after keeping it in sun though there seems a lot of oil in the photo. Lesue should be fully covered in oil.

lehsua ka achaar

Don’t worry about the oil as you do not have to eat that. just keep taking achaar from the sides and whatever oil is left in the end after achaar is finished can be used to make achaari aloo or parantha.

Enjoy with puri, parantha and rice. The pickle keeps good for more than a year. Never use a wet spoon to take the pickle out of the jar.

 

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4 Responses to Lesue ka Achaar

  1. Dev says:

    Dear Nidhi
    I live in USA and am trying to learn about food and cooking food from around the world. Your recipes are very simple and healthy. i love them. Love to get update when you post new recipes
    If i have doubts, will send you email.
    cheers
    Dev

  2. Devika Saodekar says:

    Hey Nidhi,

    It is a very rare pickle, but tastes awesome.
    We call this as ‘Bhokur’ In Maharashtra and prepare this pickle in a slightly different manner. I’ll share that receipe, so that you can try sometime if you want. Trust me it tastes awesome.
    Take a plate full of salt ( almost 3 cups for around 50 Bhokur) , remove the cap of fruit slowly, press it by any heavy thing ( Batta or any heavy thing) so that its mouth opens and by a spoon opposite/narrow end remove the seed out of it and as it is very sticky immediately put it on the plate full of salt. Do this for all Bhokur.
    In a separate bowl grate 1 kg raw mango, add pickle masala. Mix it well.
    After that use this raw mango stuffing in the hollow bhokur. Fill all Bhokur with this grated masala.
    Heat oil in a pan, add some methi seeds and hing to it. Allow the oil to cool.
    After that add this oil to Bhokur filled with raw mango masala.
    Allow it to settle for a few days.
    Tastes best after a week. As it has ample salt and oil, it stays good for an year as well.
    Try it out. I am sure you’ll love it 🙂

    • Nidhi says:

      Thanks Devika. YOur recipe sounds quite interesting and yummy. this summers I will definitely give it a try. Thank you so much for sharing it 🙂

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