Pickles are very famous in India. There is a variation between the pickles made in different parts of India. Pickling is a family ritual. It is done during summer. We would sit around my grandmother to watch her clean, wash and cut vegetables into small chunks. Every family carries a recipe of their own. Learned and evolved from one generation to the next. We make instant pickles with raw green mango, lemons and cucumber (called dosakkai). All it takes is to chop the vegetable into bite sized cube and a simple dressing is made with hot sesame oil.