Chitra Agrawal has come a long way since founding Brooklyn Delhi in 2014. Back then, she prepared her Tomato Achaar and Roasted Garlic Achaar, small-batch Indian pickles, by hand and sold them at Brooklyn farmers markets.

Her spicy, tamarind-tart Tomato Achaar and mellow, savory Roasted Garlic Achaar are complexly flavored and wonderfully textured for use as a dip, spread or even added to dressings, sauces and soups.

Now, Brooklyn Delhi has reached more than 1 million homes nationwide. And to keep up with demand, Agrawal partners with a facility in upstate New York to produce a sufficient supply of the condiments. But her attention to detail remains as steadfast.

“I'm a control freak,” she says with a laugh. “Before COVID, I would go to each of the production runs. And now, whenever we're running a batch, I'm on the phone with the person who's doing it, and she's showing me the consistency because I'm so specific about that stuff.”

Brooklyn Delhi

See here for more from the Milk Street Store.