cauliflower pickle , avakaya recipe

Cauliflower Pickle Recipe | Cauliflower Avakaya | Gobi ka Achar

By Swasthi on August 3, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Cauliflower Pickle Recipe – learn to make Andhra style cauliflower Avakaya with step by step photos. Avakaya is a popular pickle variety of Andhra. It is usually made with Raw Mango called as Mamidikaya Avakaya. There are many different recipes of making this Andhra mango pickle usually called as Bellam Avakaya, Menthi Avakaya, Nuvvu Pindi Avakaya, Kayalu Avakaya (Stuffed Mango Pickle).

cauliflower pickle,avakaya recipe

During the days when raw mangoes are not available, this pickle is made with Cucumber called as Dosaavakaya which is liked my many. Well it depends on individual’s choice what to replace mango with, either a cucumber or Amla (Indian Gooseberry) or a Cauliflower. All these can be made with slight variations to the basic ingredients and quantities.

I have mentioned the exact amount of ingredients below what I use, can alter slightly to suit your taste.

This cauliflower pickle does not need deep frying the cauliflower. It must be sun dried for 2 to 4 hours and sautéed in few tbsps. Of oil. For me sun drying is not possible since the weather is not stable in Singapore, so to take away the extra moisture from the florets I deep fry in the same oil that is kept for pickling. If possible you can sun dry and sauté in oil for 2 to 3 mins on medium high flame.

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cauliflower pickle , avakaya recipe

Cauliflower Pickle Recipe | Cauliflower Avakaya Recipe | Gobi ka Achar

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Prep Time40 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Servings3 cups

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 3 cups Cauliflower Medium sized , florets
  • 1 ½ tbsps Mustard seeds
  • ½ tbsp Fenugreek seeds / menthulu / menthya
  • 3 to 4 lemons medium sized , (extract the juice) (adjust to suit your taste)
  • 90 ml Red chili powder (I used MTR brand, adjust to suit your taste)
  • 150 to 200 ml peanut oil or sesame oil (adjust. I like to use more oil as it adds taste to the gravy)
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 10 Garlic cloves (optional, I did not use, but adds great flavor, crush them slightly and use)


  • Clean the cauliflower and cut the florets to the desired size.
  • Soak thoroughly in salted Luke warm water for 10 mins.
  • Wash them under fresh running water, drain and set aside. If you have a chance to sun dry, do it for 3 to 4 hours. If you cannot sun dry, then dry them on a cotton cloth and fan dry or leave it for over night
  • Make sure there is no water in the florets, else the oil might splash on to you while frying.
  • Heat the desired amount of oil in a wide pan, once it is smoky hot, add cauliflower and fry them either deep fry or sauté in little oil just for 2 to 3 mins on a medium high flame. This is done to remove excess moisture from florets and increase the shelf life. Do not over fry the cauliflower, they must be crunchy after they are sauted or fried. So 2 to 3 mins of frying is good enough
  • Drain the oil and keep the florets for cooling. Do not leave the cauliflower in the oil else they will turn very soft, since it will continue to cook as the oil is hot.
  • Dry roast fenugreek seeds till you get a nice aroma. Do not burn them. Set this aside to cool.
  • Powder fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds.
  • In a wide utensil, put back the fried cauliflower and pour the oil (you can use deep fried oil)
  • Add the mustard and fenugreek powder, red chili powder, salt, turmeric, crushed garlic if using. Pour the lemon juice all over.
  • Mix everything well. Your pickle is ready, you can bottle it in a clean dry jar.
  • Stays good for about a month in refrigerator.
  • Serve cauliflower pickle with rice and ghee.


Use fresh cauliflower that has no odor, no infestations or no fungi grown on it.
Use enough salt and oil to keep the pickle good and tasty. Else it may not have a good shelf life.
If you wish you can add a 1” cinnamon stick and 4 to 6 cloves to the pickle for extra shelf life and to get a stronger flavor.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Pickle Recipe | Cauliflower Avakaya Recipe | Gobi ka Achar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 477 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 540mg23%
Potassium 1520mg43%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 21g88%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 8920IU178%
Vitamin C 112.4mg136%
Calcium 236mg24%
Iron 9.6mg53%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Perfect measurements for Cauliflower Aavakaya ?

Hi , I always follow all your recipes and they are very good and makes even more easy with pictures and videos ?.
My question for this recipe is, I don’t have Seseme oil or peanut oil only have olive oil and canola oil. Can I use either of them to make this pickle?

Hi swati,
I made this cauliflower pickle. It came out very nice. Thankyou

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I tried the recipe and should say it has come out really well.. May I know the shell life of the pickle? I made it in the exact same manner as URS.


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Instead of frying the florets, any thoughts upon drying them out a bit in the oven…healthy option i guess!!

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Hi… can you tell the chilli powder quantity in tbspoons or cups? Thank u.

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Excellent, I followed your instruction and could prepare Cauliflower pickle.

Excellent one, I followed your instructions and could make nice Cauliflower pickle 🙂

Very nice recepie

very nice

have had mango avakaya and always loved them but never thought cauliflower can be made into such an amazing pickle, tongue tickling indeed 🙂

like its color swasthi.. will try this pickle..

tho not a fan of pickles .. tis one looks yumm n real twist from the usual one..

That's a very tempting pickle.. And such an easy way for picky eaters of cauliflower !!

delicious and tempting cauliflower pickle.

My fav pickle.. Yummy !!<br />

nice version I must try!

tongue tickling yummy pickle.

Delicious pickle dear 🙂

I must try this pickle. I just love the spicy flavors and such a dish is like a daily dosage when I eat rice. Never tried pickle with caulis and thanks for the wonderful recipe.