Tested till perfect Thai Mixed Pickles

Thai Mixed Pickles

These sensational tasting, glamorous looking sweet-and-sour pickles can be served with satays or with roasted pork tenderloin but they complement sandwiches, cold meat and salmon equally well. Look for small golden beets for a brilliant mix.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: November 2003

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  • Portion size 4 cups (1 L)


  • 5 5cooked beets with greens, peeled
  • 1 1English cucumberEnglish cucumbers
  • 2 2carrotcarrots
  • 1/2 1/2sweet red peppersweet red peppers
  • 1/2 small 1/2smallred onionred onions
  • 1 1hot pepper, minced
  • 2 2cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 tsp 1-1/2tspwhole coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp 1tspblack peppercornblack peppercorns
  • 5 5whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cuprice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspfish sauce
  • 3 3thinly sliced gingerroot
  • 1-1/2 tsp 1-1/2tspsalt
  • 3/4 cup 3/4cupgranulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp 2tbsplime juice
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Cut beets into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick wedges. Cut cucumber in half lengthwise; scrape out seeds. Cut each half lengthwise into scant 1/2-inch (1 cm) wide strips; cut into 2-inch (5 cm) lengths. Cut carrots and red pepper into similar-size pieces. Slice onion.

In large bowl, toss together beets, cucumber, carrots, red pepper and onion; top with hot pepper and garlic.

In saucepan over medium heat, toast coriander seeds, peppercorns and cloves, shaking pan often, until fragrant, about 3 minutes.

Add vinegar, 1/2 cup (125 mL) water, fish sauce, ginger and salt; stir in sugar. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Line sieve with cheesecloth and set over bowl of vegetables; pour in vinegar mixture and lime juice; mix vegetables well. Tie up cheesecloth around spices remaining in sieve; bury spice bag among vegetables. Let cool to room temperature; cover and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks).

Nutritional Information Per 2 tbsp (25 mL) : about

cal 27 pro 0 total fat 0 sat. fat 0
carb 7g fibre 1g chol 0mg sodium 133mg

% RDI:

calcium 1 iron 1 vit A 13 vit C 8
folate 6
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