Pickle (Achcharu ) is a very popular dish in Sri Lanka. Specially during the April New year season and during special functions.Please check my recent recipe for Sri Lankan pickle for another way of making Achcharu using Baby jack fruit (Polos).
Hope you’d love to make that easy pickle too.


Sinhala Achcharu
Sri Lankan Pickle

20-25 red Onions
15-20 green Chilies (each split into two halves)
2 large Carrots (cut into thin strips)
Raw Papaya or baby jackfruit cut into stripes (optional)
2 cups Vinegar
1 inch piece Ginger root (crushed)
6 cloves Garlic (crushed)
2 tbs black ground Mustard seed
1 tbs black ground Pepper
¼ tbs of Turmeric
Salt to taste


Heat 1 cup vinegar in a clay pot. Add onions and simmer for few minutes.

Drain the onions and set aside in a large mixing bowl.

Add green chilies to hot vinegar and simmer for few minutes.

Drain the chilies and add to the onions.

Repeat same process with carrots & other ingredients and add to the onions and chillie.

Mix all the vegetables well.

To the heated vinegar in the pan, add the remaining 1 cup of vinegar and all other ingredients and boil for few minutes.

Pour the hot vinegar mix over the onions and vegetables and mix well.

Pack into a glass bottle and leave for a day or two to mature.