Starfruit Pickle (Kamrak Ka Achar) is a different and unique Indian pickle recipe that you need to try this summer! It is just like your green mango pickle, but with the goodness of starfruit. It is easy, addictive, and requires a few basic pantry ingredients (vegan, can be easily made gluten-free).
As summer is the pickling season, you can try some more of my pickle recipes – Elumichai Oorugai, Kerala Style Mango Pickle, Nimbu Mirch Ka Achar, Allam Avakaya, Chilli Pickle, Lal Mirch Ka Achar, and Hing Ka Achar.
About This Recipe
Give your usual pickle a break, and try your hands on this spicy and tangy Starfruit Pickle (Kamrak Ka Achar). It just takes 10 minutes to come together and is cooked slowly in the strong sun for 3 to 4 days.
Also known as carambola or kamrakh pickle, it is a simple mixture of starfruit pieces, salt, seeds, spice powders, and mustard oil. It is prepared just like my popular green mango pickle, but instead of green mango pieces, we are pickling sliced starfruits.
This pickle will last you for almost a year. Make a big jar and enjoy it throughout the year with your everyday meals.
Starfruit – Use fresh starfruits (kamrakh) to make this pickle.
Pickling Spices – You will need the regular pickling spices like fennel seeds (saunf), fenugreek seeds (methi dana), mustard seeds (sarson), asafetida (hing), and nigella seeds (kalonji).
Spice Powders – To add a little color and spiciness, add in some everyday spice powders such as turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chili powder. You can adjust the quantity of red chili powder depending on how spicy you want the pickle to be.
Mustard Oil – Use only mustard oil for pickling. It adds a pungent taste that no other oil will do and also preserve the pickle. Make sure you heat the mustard oil well before adding it to the pickle, otherwise it will give the pickle a raw taste, which won’t taste great.
Skip adding hing to make gluten-free pickle.
Health Benefits of Starfruit
This incredible summer fruit has a lot of health benefits. It is extremely rich in vitamin C and has antioxidant properties. Starfruit is also anti-inflammatory. It boosts your immune system and is considered great for the overall growth of your body.
Starfruit is also low on sugar, calories, and carbs and is a good source of fiber.
It also helps in treating anemia due to its mind-blowing properties. It also calms your body and helps in a good night’s sleep.
Starfruit pickle can be served on the side with your everyday meals of dal, sabzi, and phulka. It also tastes great with a simple combination of dal chawal with a side of roasted papad. You can also serve it with stuffed parathas, tawa parathas, or poori.
Once the pickle is kept in the sun for 3 to 4 days, close the lid of the jar tightly and store it in a cool and dry place for up to a year.
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Starfruit Pickle Recipe (Kamrak Ka Achar)
- 250 grams starfruits (Kamrak)
- 5 grams mustard seeds (sarson)
- 5 grams fennel seeds (saunf)
- 5 grams fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
- 1 gram nigella seeds (kalonji)
- ½ teaspoon asafetida (hing)
- 1 cup mustard oil
- 25 grams salt
- 5 grams turmeric powder
- 5 grams Kashmiri red chili powder
- Wash the starfruits and wipe them well using a kitchen towel. Cut them into ¼ inch slices.
- Spread the slices on a kitchen towel and let them dry for 3-4 hours.
- Add mustard seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, asafetida, and nigella seeds to a grinder and grind to make a coarse powder.
- Heat mustard oil in a pan over high heat until it starts to fume. Remove the oil from heat and let it cool completely.
- Mix the sliced starfruits, powdered spices, salt, turmeric powder, and Kashmiri red chili powder in a non-reactive bowl.
- Transfer the pickle to a clean glass jar and pour the cooled mustard oil on top.
- Cover the mouth of the jar with a muslin cloth or a loose lid and keep it in strong sun for 3-4 days. Close the jar with a tight fitting lid and store the pickle in a cool and dry place for upto a year.