Capture the Magic: Recreating SNL Pickles at Home

SNL Pickles have become synonymous with bold flavors and authentic Andhra cuisine. Their mouthwatering chutneys and pickles are a taste of tradition, but what if you could recreate that magic in your own kitchen?

While SNL offers a variety of delectable options, there seems to be some mystery surrounding their exact recipes. Fear not, pickle enthusiasts! We can still craft delicious homemade pickles inspired by the Andhra style.

The Essence of Andhra Pickling

Andhra pickles are known for their fiery spice and tangy undertones. Key ingredients include:

  • Dry Red Chillies: The base of the heat, often Guntur Sannam chillies for a distinct flavor.
  • Mustard Seeds: Add a pungent pop and aid preservation.
  • Fenugreek Seeds: Lend a touch of bitterness that balances the spice.
  • Sesame Oil: The traditional oil used for its unique aroma.
  • Fresh Curry Leaves: Infuse the pickle with a beautiful fragrance.
  • Fresh Ginger and Garlic: Provide a pungent and earthy base.
  • Salt: Essential for preservation and enhancing flavors.

Crafting Your Own Pickle

Here's a basic recipe to get you started:


  • Cucumbers (or your chosen vegetable) - 1 kg, chopped
  • Dry Red Chillies - 100 gms (adjust for spice preference)
  • Mustard Seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - a handful
  • Sesame Oil - 1/2 cup
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste


  1. Sun-dry the chopped vegetables for a few hours to remove excess moisture.
  2. Grind the dry red chillies into a coarse powder.
  3. Heat sesame oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds. Once they splutter, add curry leaves and fry till fragrant.
  4. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a minute.
  5. Incorporate the ground red chillies and salt. Fry for another minute.
  6. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool slightly.
  7. In a large bowl, combine the sun-dried vegetables and the cooled spice mixture.
  8. Ensure everything is evenly coated.
  9. Pack the pickle mixture into a clean, dry jar. 1 Press down to remove air pockets.
  10. Close the jar tightly and store in a cool, dry place for at least 3-4 days before consuming.

Tips and Variations:

  • Adjust the spice level to your preference. You can even add a touch of jaggery for a hint of sweetness.
  • Experiment with different vegetables like cauliflower, carrots, or green mangoes.
  • For a longer shelf life, you can add a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice.
  • Remember, homemade pickles are best enjoyed fresh, so make them in batches you can consume within a few weeks.

By following these tips and using your creativity, you can create your own signature homemade pickle inspired by the fiery spirit of SNL. Enjoy the process, and most importantly, savor the delicious results!

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