Dried dates and black raisins are soaked in a spiced lemon juice to make this delicious 5 minute pickle. Roll it in roti or fill in sandwiches or enjoy the sweet-tangy-spicy relish on its own!My mom’s Kharik-Manuka loncha is one of my most favourite pickles. Quick, easy and hassle free it takes hardly 10 minutes to make. The pickle tastes so good,I can eat spoonfuls of it. Dried dates and black raisins are soaked in a simple sweet-tangy-spicy ‘khaar’ (juice), that is all it takes to make this simple pickle. It does not need any oil or any special pickle masala etc. Growing up this was one of my favourite accompaniments for Roti, bread and Paratha.
Recipe for the pickle is very simple; there is hardly any recipe actually. You can adjust the amount of ingredients to your taste. Cutting dried dates and waiting for the dry fruits to soak well is the only challenge. We get cut dried dates readily here so it was a breeze to make this pickle. I am sure kids and adults alike will be love it.I had so many recipe requests when I posted the photon my Instagram and hence this post (after ages!)You can replace the brown sugar with jaggery or can also use vinegar instead of lemon juice, if you are okay with it’s typical taste. I have also added some fresh dates to this pickle you can skip it if you like. My mom used to add some sweet lime pickle (Maharashtrian style) to this pickle once all the dry fruits soaked well. I have no idea why but it tasted so good 🙂
Recently,few of us got together for a ‘pickle exhange’. Each one of us made our favourite pickles, tasted and shared them with each other. I made this kharik – manuka pickle. In exchange I got amla-fresh turmeric, jackfruit, tondli (ivy gourd), mango ginger (ambe halad), kothimbir (coriander) pickles, chunda & takku 😊 Not just pickles but the exchange of ideas, tips & knowledge also made this experience so, so precious 😍