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Variations on this vegetable pickle can be found throughout Southeast Asia. It is good as an accompaniment to curry or cold meats – but would bring a nice texture and sharpness to all sorts of dishes. Makes about 1kg. This can be stored in a well-sealed jar in the fridge for several weeks.


  • 100g plain, unroasted peanuts
  • 6 almonds
  • 3 small onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 5 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1½ tbsp ground turmeric
  • 300ml white vinegar
  • 3 tbsp light soft brown sugar
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 500g mixed vegetables – choose from:
  • Carrots, sliced
  • Cauliflower florets
  • Cabbage, sliced
  • Cucumber, sliced
  • French beans, sliced
  • Green or red chillies, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Put the peanuts on a baking tray and roast for 10–15 minutes, until browned. Rub off the skins and pound the nuts lightly in a pestle and mortar, then set aside.
  2. In a food processor, grind together the almonds, onions and garlic. Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion, garlic and almond mixture and fry for 3 minutes, until lightly browned. Stir in the turmeric, followed by the vinegar, sugar and salt.
  3. Add the sliced vegetables and cook for 5 minutes. Finally add the peanuts. Leave to cool, then transfer to a sterilised Kilner jar or a jar with a screwtop lid. Keep for 2 weeks before using. Once opened, the pickle should keep for about 6 weeks in the fridge.
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