Relive Old Memories with this traditional Bihari preparation, also known by the name of Oal Barobar locally. Made with three key ingredients, Oal, Ginger and Green Chili – this Oal mixed pickle is a tangy, spicy & gingery delight for your tastebuds.
Ingredients used in JhaJi Store’s Oal Ginger Green Chili Mixed Pickle
Oal (Jimikand/ Suran), Crushed Green Chilli, Ginger, Lemon Juice, Amchoor, Mustard Oil, Mustard, Coriander Powder, Cumin, Carom Seed, Fenugreek, Fennel Seeds, Black Cumin Seeds. Nigella Seeds. Turmeric, Asafoetida, Black Salt, and Salt.
The first key step is selecting the right variety of ingredients for the pickle, specially the three vegetables, Oal, Ginger and Green Chilies.
We use Desi Oal varieties grown locally in Darbhanga. Oal, or Suran, or Jimikand, or elephant yam – grows below the soil. Even after harvesting Oal can be stored in your aagan, or bagicha for weeks.
It’s important to select the ginger that have thin skin. Otherwise, it takes too long for the ginger to soften up. And it overpowers the other flavours in the pickle. While choosing the green chili we make sure it’s a variety with less seeds inside. Mostly, we make this pickle using bullet/longia mirchi varieties as they are hot, with thin skin, and have few if any seeds.
Juice from the local jamiri lemons also is an essential ingredient in this pickle. Jamiri Lemons have a very distinct aroma, and has always been preferred over other varieties for adding tanginess in the pickle.
The spices are sourced locally from the Samastipur Mandi about 40 Kms from our kitchen-factory. Sorting, Cleaning, Roasting, and Grounding of spices is carried out in-house. Roasting & Grounding is done for most spices to enhance their flavours, aroma, and the texture of the pickle once ready.
The Pickling Process:
We follow the local processes of pickling passed onto Kalpana and Uma through their mothers, and mothers-in-law. All begins by cleaning the Oal, Ginger, and Green Chili in water, for 2-3 rounds. The tail of the green chili is removed.
Once thoroughly washed, they are left in the sun for a couple of hours. And then chopped into smaller pieces for grating. Traditionally, this pickle has been prepared by mixing all these 3 ingredients in equal quantities. That’s why the name Oal Barabar is also used to address this pickle here in Darbhanga and nearby. Note that there are no pieces of any of these 3 ingredients as they are all grated, कद्दूकश करे हुए तीनो ही।
We make 30 Kg batches at a time, by mixing equal quantities of कद्दूकश करे हुए oal, ginger, and green chili.
Once the three ingredients are added in the pickling vessel, salt, turmeric and lemon juice is added to marinate the mixture. It’s left untouched for 12-24 hours, as the moisture in the ingredients is drained and settles around it in the mixing vessel. Note that this moisture is extremely important for the final flavour and is not separated out.
After 24 hours, oil and spices are added as per the batch size in appropriate proportions.
And the mixture is ready for sun-drying to run into the final pickle. Oal pickle takes about 10 days of sun-light for the spices to mix well. Once ready, it’s stored in glass martabans to be used when customers order.
We make this pickle mostly in the period October-December. This is the time of year when all the main ingredients are harvested and are available in abundance.
How we relish this pickle in Mithila:
Oal is a vegetable that’s relished a sabzi through many months, specially in winters. Naturally, the pickle is a also a household favourite, and is prepared by most families in Mithila.
We love oal ka achar with a variety of dishes, including dal chawal, paratha, poori or dahi choora. However, the most loved away to enjoy Oal pickle among our team-members is with simple roti. Even a plain roti tastes out of this world, with a little touch of our Oal, Ginger, and Green Chili pickle!
I had the pickle at a relatives place and ordered it. However the order that I received seemed somewhat different (less spicy and less salt). Probably the team can guide us further if we need to keep the pickle in sun.
Very Authentic taste - amazing masala and Mustard Oil. Really great stuff.
Taste is good but too much of oil in it, not for healthy freaks
I was searching for organic pickel, without artificial ingredients and this pickel is pure gem.
Thank you so much Shivangi ji for the feedback, we have recently launched one of our best pickle, Lal mirchi ka bharua. Please give us a chance to serve you soon :)
It reminds me my childhood... My mother used to make this...Thanks
Now I am your regular customer
Namaste Prakash ji,
Thank you so much for the kind feedback.
We really appreciate it Your support means a lot to us, and we look forward to delighting you with more products from Mithila in the future.
This is to inform you that the pickle i.e Suran(Jimikand/Oal) which we have received is very much spicy. Kindly look into the product and use less in quantity in future.
Oal ka Achaar from Jhaji is too too good. I already got it delivered for one of my relations, and again today recommended to another friend. He tasted it at my place and it gave us great memories.
I highly recommend the Oal ka achaar to anyone who is fond of pickles.
Next step for me will be to try out the other varieties from Jhaji, which I have no doubt will be great too.
Keep up the good work Jhaji team
Namaste Syed Abdi ji,
Thank you so much, for this beautiful message of appreciation.
We are delighted that you liked the pickles, and hope to continue serving you with more traditional products of Mithilanchal!
I am very happy,mere Ghar me shaadi thi,aur Mai achar bna nhi pa rhi thi,Maine jha ji store ke bare me suna,aur achar try Kiya.maine khud bhi order Kiya aur apne relatives ko bhi btaya,
Thanks kalpana ji,
Namaste Kanchan ji,
Thank you so much for the kind feedback. We really appreciate it.
Your support means a lot to us, and we look forward to delighting you with more products from Mithila in the future.
Its very very testy. Simply fantastic and real flavor. Highly recommended.
Thank you so much Vivek ji for your feedback :)
very very tasty
It’s simply the best !! I have been scouting around a while for Suran pickle but most absolutely great tasting pickles .. like how traditionally made pickes should be - sun dried and in using limited preservatives . I tried the lemon Suran pickle and it’s yummy !!!! Just what I needed .
Thank you so much for your detailed feedback Nathuni ji
Your lovely words have put a smile on all our faces here :)