Nutmeg is a popular spice used in cooking and baking .The nutmeg fruit is the fleshy outer covering. It splits open when the nutmeg is ready for harvesting. The nutmeg seeds/kernel is wrapped with a lacey red covering or aril (mace) which is also used as a spice. Both nutmeg and mace are extremely aromatic spices with a mildly sweet flavor.Nutmeg is rich in antioxidants and is used in traditional medicine to enhance digestion,as a pain reliever, anti depressant and also used for skin care.Just like the seed the fruit also has great nutritional value. In Kerala it is used to make chutney/chammanthi, pickle and wine.The fruit is candied in Indonesia and iced nutmeg juice made with the fruit is a famous beverage in the streets of Penang. This is a simple and easy to make pickle.
Recipe courtesy: Mrs. Beena Murali
Jathikkathodu/Nutmeg fruits- 10
Garlic - 10-12 pods
Ginger sliced- 2 inch thick piece
Mustard powder- 1/2 tsp
Kashmiri chili powder - 3 tbs
Fenugreek powder- 3/4 tsp
Asafoetida- 3/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Gingerly oil- 1/3 cup
Vinegar- 1/3 cup
Cut the jathikkathondu/ nutmeg fruit into thin slices and set aside (you can also steam it to make it soft, but it will reduce the shelf life of the pickle). Dry roast mustard for two minutes and make it into a coarse powder.
Heat gingerly oil in a pan add the sliced garlic and ginger and saute for a minute or till the raw flavor disappears. Add the sliced nutmeg fruit and saute for three to four minutes or till it becomes soft. Add the spice powder and salt and mix for a minute. Switch off the flame and mix vinegar. When it cools down store in air tight jars. It will be ready to use within two or three days.
Hope you will all enjoy!