While Hyderabad is more famous for its biryani, haleem and other lip-smacking dishes, one can’t ignore its variety of achaar or pickles. Some old Hyderabadi shops are famous for ‘gosht ka achar’ or pickle made of mutton.

Some shops are also famous for mutton and chicken pickles. For many, especially students and bachelors, these pickles replace curries and save the time they spend on cooking.

Achaar, along with papad, adds that extra taste to the typical Hyderabadi spread. Families prefer spicy achaar in different varieties, especially when they go for simple meals, comprising plain rice or ‘khichdi’ and dal. Achaar with papad or murkul or dahi ki mirchi satiate appetite. Available in different varieties, pickles are all-time favourites and a must for a many families, especially for lunch.

From Mir Alam Mandi and Chowk near the historic Charminar to Nampally, one finds many shops selling achar and other items. While pickles made in the unique Hyderabadi style are available at these shops, there are also many outlets in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad selling achar with a distinct Andhra taste. Some traders have also joined the bandwagon by supplying home-made pickles to ‘kirana’ shops.

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While mango pickle made of raw mangoes and ‘tarkari ka achar’ or vegetable pickle are the fastest moving item off the shelves, some old Hyderabadi shops are famous for ‘gosht ka achar’ or pickle made of mutton. One also finds ‘leemo’ (lemon) ka achar, ‘imli (tamarind) ka achar’, ‘tamatey (tomato) ka achar’, ‘aamla (gooseberry) ka achar’ or ‘gongura (edible leaf) ka achar’.

A third-generation businessman, Sadiq said their varieties of achar include ‘chicken achar’, ‘green chilli achar’ and ‘red chilli achar’.

People coming to Hyderabad from other states and even abroad make it a point to buy achar in the city. “Our achar also goes to the Middle East and other countries,” said Sadiq. The NRIs visiting their relatives here buy the famous achar while returning.

Traders say that many families also send achar through friends to their near and dear ones working in the Gulf.

Most of the families in the past used to make the pickles at home. They used to buy ‘kairi’ (raw mango) in huge quantities, cut them into small pieces and store the pickle they made for months. With changing times, people started depending on shops to buy them.

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“We don’t get time to make pickles at home and the process is also time-consuming and tedious,” Sajida Khatoon, a housewife, told #KhabarLive.

This led to many shops mushrooming in different parts of the city. The achar made with more spices and with a Hyderabadi recipe remained everybody’s favourite.

While achar is sold throughout the year, the sales pick up during summer, the mango season.

After mango pickle, lemon and vegetable pickles are in great demand. People also prefer them for their longer shelf-life.

While pickles made of raw mangoes or vegetables are the fastest moving item off the shelves, some old Hyderabadi shops are famous for gosht ka achar’or pickle made of mutton. One also finds leemo (lemon pickle), imli ka achar, tomato pickle, aamla achaar or gongura achaar.

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‘Deccan Achar’, a leading store in Nampally, sells 30 varieties of pickles and is quite popular with the locals. “We don’t compromise on quality. We use only quality ingredients,” said Sadiq Bin Mehfooz of Deccan Achar.

A third-generation businessman, Sadiq said their varieties of achaar include chicken achaar, green chilli achaar and red chilli achaar. People coming to Hyderabad from other states and even from abroad make it a point to buy achaar in the city.

“Our achaar also goes to the Middle East and other countries,” said Sadiq. The NRIs visiting their relatives here make it a point to buy some achaar before returning. Traders say that many families also send achaar through friends to their near and dear ones working in the Gulf.

While achaar is sold throughout the year, the sales pick up during summer, which is also the season of mangoes. Some shops are also famous for mutton and chicken pickles. For many, especially students and bachelors, these pickles replace curries and save the time they spend on cooking. #KhabarLive

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