Pickles are important to Indian food, no matter which Indian cuisine you are enjoying. Most are made using various slow-pickling methods, but there are also a few quick pickles. Perhaps considered more of a salad than a real pickle, they add a delightful tang to meals which cuts through the heat of any accompaniment. I love this dish with vadai or other deep fried snacks – the acid of the lemon or lime is a great accompaniment to snacks.
This salad uses daikon (the white radish) with onion rings and carrot, quick pickled in lemon juice and spices. Here we have added pounded mustard seeds (rather than popped in oil) to give a true mustardy taste, but you could also make a tadka of mustard seeds and add to the finished pickle.
Similar dishes include Onion Strings Quick Pickle, Green Apple Pickle, and Quince Pickle.
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Soy dressings are not something that I grew up with, my family being unadventurous food-wise, and county folk to boot. Integrating different ingredients into the daily routine was something that happened rarely, although I do remember my Mother being obsessed with Peppermint Essence. All our desserts tasted like toothpaste for months.
But soy dressings DO feature in our household, having inherited a foodie adventurous gene from somewhere in my line of ancestors. This salad, definitely Chinese, dresses finely chopped cucumber in soy, sesame, and rice vinegar. Use a white vinegar if you don’t have rice vinegar.
Similar recipes include Cucumber Salad with Capers, Translucent Cucumber Salad, and Asian Pickled Cucumber and Tofu Salad.
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Shimeji Mushrooms are those lovely tiny caps on a long skinny stalk that grow together on a base and are typically Japanese (although they also grow elsewhere). Sometimes they are just labelled as exotic mushrooms, but don’t let your green grocer get away with that. Enquire as to the exact type, you have a right to know.
The other day we made a dish of udon noodles and shimeji with a miso mushroom broth. The remaining mushrooms are made into this lovely quick pickle which will last a week in the fridge. Eat it as a pickle accompaniment to meals, as part of a mezze plate, in salads or piled on top of hot soups. I hope you love these little mushies* as much as I do.
Shimeji is often used as a collective term for about 20 or so different varieties of mushrooms. Although there are specific shimeji mushrooms, labelling or produce is not as specific, and you will find that the collective term includes smaller mushrooms of different varieties. Never mind, though, they are all delicious.
*mushies is Australian slang for Mushrooms
Similar recipes include Chinese Cold Cucumbers, Carrot and Kombu Quick Pickle, Celery Quick Pickle with Chilli, and Cucumber and Radish Quick Pickle.
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Quick pickles are very fashionable now, and why not! They are both tasty and healthy. This is a Chinese recipe that produces a lovely, sweet-sour quick pickle of cucumber. Leave it to soak and pickle in the vinegar mix while you make the rest of the meal, and it will be ready to serve when you are calling the family to the table.
Similar recipes include Chinese Cold Cucumbers, Carrot Quick Pickle, and Onion Strings Pickled Salad.
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Picking and cooking beetroot straight from the garden is so good – the beets have an intensity of that earthy flavour that is unbeatable. It is my favourite vegetable at the moment.
The beetroot is slightly pickled and mixed with mustard. You can make your own mustard if you like, it is rather nice, but do so a couple of days before making this salad. It needs to mature for a few days.
This dish can be served as a salad, or on a bed of spinach cooked with garlic and lemon juice, or as a vegetable side dish. The colour of the beets is quite delectable.
You might also like to explore Roasted Beetroot with Maple Dressing, Beetroot and Yoghurt Salad, Chilled Beetroot Soup, Beetroot Salad with Honey Ginger Dressing, or Warm Beetroot and Carrot Salad.
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My beautiful Mahrashtrian friend makes this pickle that is amazingly delicious! Whenever we have big groups over for dinner, she makes this. The first time I tasted it, I begged her for the recipe. It was delicious and it turned out to be so very easy! She uses a store-bought Aachar Masala powder, and all it takes is some extra spices, the apples, some mustard oil and the powder.
I had forgotten the recipe as I hadn’t made it for a while, so I have to thank my twitter friend Dee, for helping me out.
You can also make this with cucumber, carrots, green mango, celery, lemons or caperberries too!
The spice mix is called Achar Masala and is the RamDev brand. This is the brand my friend recommends, and I do not receive anything for mentioning it.
Similar recipes include Green Mango Pickle, Carrot Pickle, Onion Strings Pickle, and Quince Aachar.
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Another inspired mushroom dish with the ’70s flavours of sesame oil and tamari. Delicious.
Spring is one of the best times for mushrooms, and we have been using them a lot lately. Today, it is a delightful pickle, a quick pickle. Use the mushrooms as a side, as a salad, incorporated into other salads, or mixed with charred broccoli! I know that you will enjoy them.
Similar recipes include Mushrooms in Terracotta, Grilled Mushrooms and Red Onion Salad, Mushroom, Spinach and Blue Cheese Salad, and Mushroom and Carrot Salad with Mung Sprouts.
Other Quick Pickles include Quick Pickled Radishes, Quick Carrot Pickle, and Celery Quick Pickle with Chilli.
You can browse all of our Mushroom Recipes and all of our Quick Pickles. And our Pickle collection of recipes is here. Perhaps explore our Salads too. Our collection of Mid Spring recipes is here.
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Lucy Nourish Me is in love with the flavours of the orient – shoyu, tamari, mirin, rice wine vinegar, rice vinegar, kombu and much more more. She uses them with aplomb. Right now I am exploring radish recipes, and Lucy has a couple that remove the tangy peppery flavour and make the radishes a great vehicle for the flavours of Japan.
Lucy adapted this recipe from Jamie Oliver, and of course (can’t help myself) I have adapted it again. What a nice chain we make, linking recipe to person to recipe to person over time and space.
This is the quickest and simplest of radish recipes, honestly. I love the peppery tang of radishes, but these recipes from the East are a nice change.
Similar recipes include Chinese Cold Cucumbers, Quick Pickled Radishes with Asian Flavours, and Slightly Pickled Cucumber and Red Radish Salad. Also try Slightly Picked Mushrooms with Tamari and Sesame.
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Radishes without their peppery tang
The little red radish is so easy to grow that kindergartens grow them to introduce children to the joys of gardening. It takes only 3 days for green shoots to appear, and a few weeks later they are ready to pick, these little red or white ping pong balls. The flavour is tangy, a little on the peppery side with its sharp pungency that pleases adults, especially with a sprinkling of sea salt. Perfect for nibbling, they also make such a pretty addition to salads. They are a bit peppery for kids, though.
Not surprisingly, they say that radishes have health giving properties – it clears the sinuses and soothes sore throats.
This beautiful recipe comes from Kylie Kwong via Lucy Nourish Me who adapted it from the original. I have altered it again. This recipe diminishes the level of radish’s sharp tanginess. It is the perfect balance of sweet, sour and salty. Use as it is as a side dish, or with a bowl of beautiful rice. Toss them in salads or into sandwiches. Lucy says that thinly sliced carrots also work very well with the radishes in a salad with some lettuce leaves.
Similar recipes include Japanese Quick Pickled Radishes, Braised, Raised Radishes, French Buttered Radishes, and use this recipe to pickle radishes.
Also try Asian Style Greens with garlic and Sesame.
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A gorgeous carrot pickle that will last in the fridge for a week.
Here is another quick Carrot Pickle, quite different to the last Quick Carrot Pickle which had dark Asian flavours. This one is bright and fresh with a touch of sweetness, and the tartness that only cider vinegar can provide. I hope that you enjoy it.
This pickle is lovely with a bowl of steamed rice drizzled with the marinade juices.
Are you after other Carrot Recipes? Try a Sri Lankan Carrot Salad, and Carrot and Blueberry Salad.
Are you looking for other Quick Pickles? Try Onion Strings Salad, Slightly Picked Mushrooms with Tamari and Sesame, and Cucumber and Red Radish Quick Pickles.
Have a look at our other Quick Pickles, all of our Pickles, and our Chutneys too. You might like to browse all of our Carrot recipes, or explore our Mid Spring recipes.
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