I think I have developed an addiction to TRS Garlic Pickle.


I cannot explain the power this stuff has over me. It has me in its grip. I am addicted.

If you have never tried TRS Garlic Pickle, then you have no idea how lucky you are. Don’t ever try it. Stay how you are. It’s too late for me now, but you can remain pure. Honestly, don’t try it. It’s not even nice. I don’t like it. It’s horrible. Of course it’s horrible, it’s garlic pickle. But I just keep shovelling spoonfuls of the stuff into my mouth.

Possibly, you’re not really meant to eat it by the spoonful, direct from the jar. I think you’re just meant to use it to accompany a meal:

TRS Pickles are a delicious mix of fruits and vegetables carefully preserved in oil and vinegar, then blended in exotic spices. They make ideal accompaniments to Indian meals, cold meals, fish, salads, sandwiches, cheese and barbecued dishes.

Free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. The manufacturing site handles nuts and sesame.

Suitable for vegetarians.

Store in a cool dry place. Once opened, refrigerate below 5°C and use within 6 weeks. We take great care to ensure TRS products reach you in perfect condition. In case of complaint please return jar and contents, stating where and when purchased. We will gladly replace and refund postage. Your statutory rights are unaffected.

Produced in India for:
TRS Wholesale Co. Ltd, Southall, Middlesex, UB2 4AX, UK

The TRS website features a video celebrating fifty glorious years of the company, although it doesn’t help explain why TRS Garlic Pickle is so addictive.

I wondered if there was something in the ingredients which got me hooked:

Garlic, Red chilli, Mustard crushed, Fenugreek crushed, Cumin powder, Coriander powder, Asafoetida, Water, Edible oil, Acetic acid, Sodium benzoate, Salt

I like all of those things. Except for asafoetida. I’m not sure what asafoetida is. According to Wikipedia, asafoetida is a kind of latex gum which is produced by the underground roots of a number of herbaceous plants and is also known by the contradictory names “devil’s dung”, “stinking gum” and “food of the gods”. It has “a pungent, unpleasant smell when raw”, but when it is cooked, “it delivers a smooth flavor, reminiscent of leeks”. I’m not sure if the asafoetida in TRS Garlic Pickle is cooked or raw, however I will say that I have been unable to detect any leek flavour in the product.


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