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Apr 9, 2009 01:15 PM

Favourite Brand of Indian Pickles

I've been using Patak's for quite awhile and have been wondering if there are any other Indian brands out there that are worth seeking out?
I especially love the spicy Mango variety but open to other suggestions. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Since I am from India, I tend to like pickles that are closest to what my mom or aunts made. These days I like the Maharashtrian Mango by Mother's Recipe. A new brand called Sanjeev Kapoor's Khazana is available now and has a very decent Hot Garlic pickle and Stuffed Red Chilli pickle. Another one I like is Nirav's Sweet Mango pickle. That said, I've never tried Patak's.

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    1. re: sweetTooth

      I second Mother's Recipe. Their Mango Thokku, South Indian Mango Pickle, and Lemon pickle taste almost as good as homemade with no preservatives

    2. Patak is usually readily available but my favourites are Demel's, which have a Sri Lankan origin. Excellent spicy mango chutney.

      That said, I tend to make my own chutnies so don't often buy branded.

      1. Our local Giant carries some Tiger-Tiger brand pickles and chutneys. My favorite is their Homestyle Mixed Pickle. Hot! Hot! Hot!

        1. Rani's Mixed Pickle is my all time favorite but I haven't been able to find it recently. I even offered to buy half a case if my local source would order it. So far nothing. I may have to offer to buy a full case.

          Deep's Hot Mango Relish is also very good.

          I would rate Patak's Mixed Pickle as third but still quite good.

          1. Not sure where you are but here in England I've found that Anila's hot lime pickle is really good.

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            1. re: Kagey


              Is that a brand generally available somewhere or one I might have to go searching for it in the asian shops?


              1. re: Harters

                Anila's pickles are great. I bought mine at the Real Food Festival in Earl's Court last year, but I haven't seen them widely available, so I'm waiting for Kagey's answer with baited breath!

                If you're ever at Borough Market, Mrs Bassa's garlic pickle is to die for.

                1. re: greedygirl


                  I'll look out for it at Borough next time I'm down south. Demel's is a north west "cottage industry", although Ms De Mel has now retired and passed the business on to an employee. You should be able to find the products in good deli type shops. The tamarind chutney is a killer if you like hot ones.



                  1. re: Harters

                    Weird there's only one stockist in Manchester. I see the Cheshire Smokehouse do it and that's not to far from where a friend lives so I'll check it out next time I'm up (although goodness knows when that will be - Mr GG normally goes when I'm working!).

                    1. re: greedygirl

                      It's Anila that only has the one stockist.

                      Smokehouse definitely do Demels. It's where I normally get mine from. get Mr GG to bring you bring back some of their smoked haddock. Wonderful.


                  2. re: greedygirl

                    Link to Anila's website which lists stockists.


                    Lots in your part of the world. One in mine (Selfridge's). Annoying thing is that I was in one of the stockists in Sussex only last week.

                    1. re: greedygirl

                      Hi. I'm in Guildford, where I first found Anila's at the market we have on the first Tuesday of the month. Then there's a gourmet-type health foodie shop here that started stocking it. I'd think you'd be able to find it in upscale food shops, farmers markets, farm shops, etc.

                      And thanks for the garlic pickle rec. I will check that out next time I'm near Borough!

                      Edit: Sorry, I've just seen the other replies. But I'm sure you'd find it in other places! Like I said, try the posh farm-type shops and health-food places. Call around. Good luck!

                      1. re: Kagey

                        For folk handy for Sussex, the place I was in was Tully's Farm Shop (near Crawley). The sort of posh farm-type shop Kagey indicates.Worth a visit if in the area - good cheese counter (including some Sussex/Kent ones)

                        1. re: Harters

                          Thanks for that recommendation. I occasionally find myself near Crawley, so will keep Tully's in mind. Always nice to find good local cheese. And for some reason, farm shops always seem to carry a lot of American imports, which seems odd. But that can be very useful when I need something from home, like Libby's canned pumpkin or marshmallow Fluff!