Green Tomato and Watermelon Rind Achaar

Green Tomato and Watermelon Rind Achaar
This Indian pickle is best made with green tomatoes that are very firm with no signs of ripening.Thomas Payne

Mango pickle is ubiquitous on the Indian table, with styles ranging from sweet and fragrant to hot and fiery. In this achaar (Hindi for pickle) from chef Cheetie Kumar of Garland in Raleigh, North Carolina, the tropical fruit is swapped out for green tomatoes and watermelon rinds because of their abundance in the South.

While the pickle is easy to make, it does require some advance planning: for best results, prepare two days before eating. You can find mustard oil at Indian markets; it cannot be substituted and should not be omitted.