Simple Dates Pickle | Eathapazham Achaar

We have had a long weekend, thanks for the 42nd National Day of the UAE. The day is actually today, but nowadays they seem to be clubbing holidays along with the weekend, so we got the holiday yesterday. We went for a long drive to Muscat, to meet a classmate of mine, who I so badly wanted to see and Alhamdulillah, I had a good time. The kids enjoyed and the HD was kind enough to drive the whole long trip up and down. All the sitting in the car has given me some cramped legs and hands, and I am feeling so unlike myself. But that’s what long weekends are meant for – you will need an extra day to get over its hangover! Celebrating the “Spirit of the Union”, a peek into my B’s car:
Happy birthday, UAE! The country that has been a part of me since I was four months old and has continued to be till now… Has given me all the ups and downs but I owe what I am to this country more than the country of my passport, to say truly… Warm people, superb leadership, a place that absorbs you in and makes you a part of it… That’s what UAE is all about! I very much know that whoever have been here for at least a few years and have gone down to other parts of the world really miss the time that they spent over here. That is the magnetism behind this great country… All that I have during this day is prayers for more prosperity for this country and it’s people… Aameen…


I would have loved to share some local food today, unfortunately I have never tried anything till now! Such a shame, right? πŸ™ But yes, for sure InShaAllah, it is already on my agenda. I have collected a few recipes that are local favorites that I would love to try very soon. Till then, I guess I will keep you satisfied with this simple pickle recipe, something that I keep making and love to have. I am not a pickle person, I don’t have a tongue for spicy food so I generally avoid pickles. But then I cannot resist a really good garlic pickle or a date pickle. My grandma makes the best garlic pickle and I always have a big jar in my fridge that always lasts till my next vacation! That is how little I eat them, despite loving it… This is my first attempt at making pickle at home and wasn’t I really glad? Have made it again a couple of times and have cherished having it as well… It’s so simple, and sits good in the refrigerator for a month, that if it stays for that long… πŸ™‚

Makes a small bottle
Recipe adapted from here


Simple Dates Pickle

Course Pickles
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 20 dates
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 2 dry chillies chopped
  • A sprig curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • A pinch hing asafoetida
  • 1/4 cup vinegar


  • Wash and pat dry the dates. Remove the seeds and chop into quarters. Set aside.
  • In a fry pan, heat the oil. Splutter the mustard and fenugreek seeds.
  • Add in the ginger, garlic, chillies and curry leaves and saute till raw smell is gone, a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the powders and vinegar and allow to boil.
  • Now add in the chopped dates and mix well.
  • Cook on low flame for around 5 minutes. Switch off, allow to cool and store in a dry bottle.


Add more vinegar for sourness. Add boiling water if you want it with liquid.

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  1. Happy birthday to UAE πŸ™‚ the pickle looks delish Rafee though I have never tired a dates pickle

    1. u should try rekha… u will not regret! πŸ™‚ thanks a lot dear…

  2. Happy National Day…Totally agreeing with your words " a place that absorbs you in and makes you a part of it…."love UAE πŸ™‚ Dates pickle ! our favourite…

    1. thank u so much shaami… πŸ™‚

  3. This is super easy! I would love to give this a try! bookmarking it πŸ™‚

    1. yes it is! do let me know if u try it… πŸ™‚

  4. Happy national day, Thanks for sharing Rafeeda. Share your gramdma's garlic pickle recipe also.

    1. thank u so much asiya akka… once i learn to make my grandma's pickle, would share it, InShaAllah… πŸ™‚

  5. wow thats a new 1.. that spoon looks like its waiting for me πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much smitha… πŸ™‚

  6. this is something v new to me.. happy national day..

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    1. thank u so much laxmi…

  7. Looks so inviting..Yummy

    1. thank u so much gloria…

  8. this looks so simple and tasty.. bookmarked

    1. thank u so much veena…

    1. thank u so much preeti…

  9. Dates pickle sounds interesting..I guess it would be something like a meetha achar….The pic has also come out well.. πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much anupa… a comment about the pic from u is taken as a compliment! πŸ™‚

  10. Hmm dates pickle …my favorite for biriyani…

    1. thank u so much meena…

  11. Wow yummy pickle..really looks so good

    1. thank u so much resna…

  12. we make date chutney, but date pickle? sounds exciting. Must try it.

    1. thank u so much mayuri…

  13. So quick and easy recipe……thanx for sharing dear……..:)

    1. thank u so much remya… πŸ™‚

  14. Happy national day to you too.
    Btw date pickle looks so delicious. Need to try.

    1. thank u so much humi…

  15. I had a short holiday in one of places in UAE and quite enjoyed myself. I adore pickles for the wonderful flavor and this simple pickle is so good.

    1. thank u so much nava…

  16. this dish is new to me..but it looks delish

    1. thank u so much gayathri…

  17. I have never tasted date pickle.. but this is making me curious. will try it out soon.

    1. do let me know if u try, tanusree… thanks a lot…

  18. Tempting pickle,looks super yum

    1. thank u so much suja…

  19. This is totally new to me.. will try.. pickle looks perfect & mouth watering..

    1. thank u so much sripriya…

  20. An inviting and tasty pickle. Who can say no to such a delicious pickle.

    1. thank u so much nandoo…

  21. mouthwatering pickle….
    will soon give a try .

    1. thank u so much aruna…

  22. Wow, you live in UAE, i heard its a beautiful country :), but very expensive. Date pickle looks delicious

    1. yes, it is expensive in dubai, but manageable in other states, so many who work in dubai tend to stay in sharjah or ajman… πŸ™‚ thanks a lot dear…

  23. I love pickles, especially garlic pickle. Never tasted dates pickle before, this sounds delicious.

    1. do try it, sona… u'd definitely love it… thanks a lot …

  24. Interesting!! Never tasted dates pickle..guess its time i did πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much priya… πŸ™‚

  25. Belated B'day wishes to the country you live in dear! Aah, when you talked about the pickle making I'm reminded of my attempt to make sun dried cucumber pickle at home , though I prepared less, it was heavenly.. πŸ™‚ Interesting I would say as it is with dates, I must try as I would love the mild sweetness offered along with spices added.

  26. Then pls do share ur xperience vit the dry cucumber! Exactly vat I like about this pickle, sweet n spicy! Thanks a lot dear…

  27. very very interesting and innovative pickle dear πŸ™‚ looks yumm !!

    1. thanks a lot manjula… πŸ™‚

  28. Sounds interesting…but few doubts….are they fresh soft dates or dry ? Coz I hav both that badly needed urgent attention !!!! Also,with what can this pickle be served ?

    1. thank u for your comments, niru… u have to use soft dates for this pickle to make… it goes really well with biriyani…

  29. Wow Wow Wow!!! I was just checking your recipes on google plus when this caught my attention… Dates Pickle!! This is something very new to me Rafeeda…. And yes i am lucky too to have come across your wonderful site… Bookmarked and definitely trying very soon…. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Mitha 4 coming by… hope u enjoy ur visits here… shud try, it is a superb pickle… πŸ™‚

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