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Tondlichya Kaachrya
Gherkins Bhaaji(Tondlichya Kaachrya)

serves 4


  • 1/2 kg gherkins,
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder,
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder,
  • 1/2 teaspoon asafoetida,
  • 2 teaspoon mustard seeds,
  • salt to taste
  • sugar(optional),
  • 2 tablespoon oil,


  1. Wash gherkins. Make thin round slices, rinse them in salt water and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a wok/kadai. Add mustard seeds. When they splutter add asafoetida and turmeric powder. Add sliced gherkins and keep mixing until the oil coats them completely. Cover and let them turn tender.
  3. Remove the lid and add salt, chili powder and mix properly. Keep tossing bhaaji for sometime until crisp.
  4. Once done, remove from the fire. Garnish with cilantro and serve.


1) Add 1 tsp coriander-cumin powder to enhance the flavor.

2) Add chopped potatoes and/or green peas alongwith the gherkins.

3) Instead of slicing the gherkins, cut them lengthwise into thin pieces. Follow rest of the method same as mentioned.