After frying for some time the love apples reduce in size - Pic by Abby from The Winged Fork
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Spicy Love Apple Pickle

Love apples are juicy crisp bell shaped fruit that taste like pears and have high water content, perfect for a spicy tangy love apple pickle.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Pickle, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Abby


  • 1 kg Love Apples
  • 6 tbsp Chilly Powder
  • 10 Kashmiri Chillies
  • 1 tbsp Asafoetida (Hing)
  • 2 tbsp Fenugreek seeds (Methi seeds)
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 8 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tsp Mustard seeds (Rai)
  • 2 tbsp Curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 3 tbsp Apple cider vinegar For preservation
  • 10 tbsp Apple cider vinegar For washing


  • Wash the love apples and dice into 1 or 1.5 cm large squares.
  • Wash again with apple cider vinegar to remove grime. (Or any other gluten free vinegar.)
  • Heat the oil in a large pan (kadai) and fry mustard seeds till they start to pop.
  • Add the chilly powder, kashmiri chillies, asafoetida (hing), fenugreek seeds (methi), turmeric powder, salt and fry for 2 minutes. 
  • Add the diced love apples and saute for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Add 2 to 3 tbsps of apple cider vinegar and mix well. (This is optional and only necessary for preserving for months at a time.)
  • Add the curry leaves and turn the flame off. 
  • Cool the pickle before moving to jars to store. 


If you're eating gluten free, ensure that the asafoetida and fenugreek have the GF or Gluten Free sign on them.