Sleepless nights… and I’m thinking Pickle

I have some great news to share with all you folks !!  We have been blessed with a little angel 3 weeks ago and apart from experiencing ” The joy of motherhood/parenthood”  we are having sleepless nights and innumerable diapers to change !!! So far we are enjoying this phase  though its a tad difficult( not impossible) to do so without help as both sets of parents could not make it in time.

Did I anticipate this will clash with this spicy event ? Yes… but it was too late to back off … rather I didnt want to , inspite of dear sunita , offering to take it off from my to do list.  I just wanted to see how it goes… I was too zoned out to think of a recipe , it took me two weeks to think of one , I sliced the veggies yesterday and finished it off today for dinner.

Coming to the recipe , this is a simple one which my sister taught me while i was still single. Kalonji is a favorite spice in my home and often used in vegetables like potato and bell pepper curries. One of my favorite ways is to just add a pinch or two in a pepper stir fry and enjoy. This pickle is done in a jiffy especially when there is a sudden guest or two. Tastes best the next day and you can store in the refrigerator for at least a week.


4 medium sized carrots

1 teaspoon of  Nigella /kalonji seeds

1 teaspoon of cumin/jeera seeds

1 teaspoon of mustard seeds

1 teaspoon methi powder

1 teaspoon chilli powder

salt to taste

A few pinches of turmeric

1 tablespoon of oil.

Method :

1.Chop thin slices or grate the carrots

2. Add salt, methi powder , chilli powder and turmeric to the carrots and keep aside

3. Heat Oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, kalonji, jeera and let the seeds splutter , remove from flame and pour on the sliced carrots and mix well. Keep aside atleast for 10 minutes before serving with rice or rotis.

This goes to Think Spice – Think kalonji hosted  by me and the brain child of dear sunita of  Sunita’s World .The last date for entries is 30th Apr ’09. I have received the entries and have to reply to some of them . Please bear with me , I will do so in a day or two.

24 thoughts on “Sleepless nights… and I’m thinking Pickle

  1. usha says:

    Congratulations on your new addition to the family! I make carrot pickle exactly the same way, however I grate the carrots and use green chilies instead of chili powder.

  2. Siri says:

    BTW, Dee – I have self-proclaimed myself as baby’s Godmother No. 2 :D, as the Godmother No. 1 position has been taken by ‘somebody else’. :) Hope its ok with you :)))…:))

    God bless,

  3. Happy Cook says:

    Congrats and welcome to the sleeples nights :-)
    I remember those days when there was no sleep.
    My daughter was a angle duging the day but in the night she was a little devil :-)

  4. Soma says:

    Congratulations!! How Sweet:-) Enjoy the angel & the sleepless nights (they don’t last forever – believe me)

  5. Mansi says:

    Congrats Dee, and good luck to both of you for the hectic yet immensely fulfilling life ahead:)

    Hope you find enough time to keep posting between feedings, baby cries and diaper changes:)D

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