Atchar is a spicy Indian condiment that is enjoyed with many dishes from curries to sandwiches. There are many different versions of Atchar but essentially it is a fruit or vegetable based condiment.

Popular Atchars include chillies and unripe green mangoes while others consist of chillies and pickles. Another variation is made with cauliflower, carrots and chillies. Whichever version you choose, it is certain to add a spicy element to your meal. Many people enjoy it on cold meat sandwiches because it is packed with flavour and transforms that boring sandwich into a deliciously spicy sandwich.

When making Atchar a lot of cooking oil is used. Usually once all the vegetables are chopped it is added to a jar then cooking oil is poured in until it fills the jar to the brim. It is then sealed and left for a few days for the flavour to infuse. Because it takes so much cooking oil you need to find a low cost oil that is also high in quality. This can be a daunting task but it is possible. It may mean that you have to buy the cooking oil in bulk in order to realise a cost saving.

When choosing a cooking oil for this spicy Indian condiment here are a few qualities to consider. Check for the following:

  • It contains antioxidants to enhance the life of the oil.
  • It has an antifoam element which prevents excessive foaming.
  • The cooking oil is free from mineral and added extraneous organic acids.
  • It is low in cholesterol.
  • It is high in polyunsaturated fats.
  • The liquid is a golden yellow colour and is not cloudy.
  • It is free from any rancid odours and taste.

If you take the time to look you can find cooking oil that contains all of these qualities and if you get it in bulk you can save too. Choosing the right cooking oil for the Atchar will enhance its flavour and it will act as a preservative which will give it a longer shelf life. It is best to keep this condiment in the fridge to keep it fresh for a longer time frame.