Pickled Ginger Red Onion Cucumbers

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup water
1 cup rice wine vinegar, flavored with ginger if you can find
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup chopped fresh mint
1 large euro cucumber washed & sliced thin (peels on)
2 cayenne or red chili peppers sliced thinly, seeds removed (Serrano chili’s can be substituted)
1 medium red onion sliced thin
¼-½ cup fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thin

Directions

Whisk water, vinegar, sugar & salt together until sugar and salt are totally dissolved. Add cucumbers, red onions, ginger, and chilis and mix well. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until desired pickled taste.

Watermelon Rind Pickles

August 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes a large batch of pickles

Ingredients

Seedless red watermelon rind with a touch of red flesh left on (entire watermelon)
1 cup salt
1 teaspoon alum powder (pickling preservative for crispness/totally optional)
1 quart cold water
3 cups white distilled vinegar
2 cinnamon sticks
15 cloves
3 cups sugar

Directions

In a large mixing bowl combine the salt and cold water and mix or whisk until all the salt dissolves. Pour the mixture over the rinds in a large flat vat or container, making sure all rinds are covered. Cover the container with something to push the rinds down into the liquid and let stand for eight hours. Drain the pickled rinds and rinse and soak in a clean cold water bath. In the meantime in a large sauce pan bring the vinegar and spices to a boil. Add the clean rinsed rind and 1 cup of sugar and bring back to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool. When the mixture is cool add one more cup of sugar and place back on burner and bring to a boil. Remove again from heat add sugar and allow to cool. Place back on heat and add the final cup of sugar. Allow to cool.

*Recipe property of Polo Dobkins

Spicy Mango Pickle

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 quart

INGREDIENTS

3 medium green (unripe) mangoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
½ cup kosher salt
3 tablespoons turmeric
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon black mustard seeds, coarsely ground in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder
½ tablespoon fenugreek seeds, coarsely ground
½ cup cayenne pepper
1 cup canola oil

DIRECTIONS

Put the mango cubes in a nonaluminum bowl, and sprinkle with the salt and half of the turmeric. Toss to coat all of the mango cubes. Spoon the mango into a clean jar, cap, and set in a sunny spot for 2 days, turning the jars up and down several times twice a day.

On the third day, empty the jar into a nonreactive colander and drain for about 30 minutes. Spread the mango out on muslin or an old kitchen towel, and let stand for 2 hours. (The turmeric will stain, so use something that you won’t mind seeing yellow.)

Combine the remaining turmeric with the fennel seeds, ground mustard seeds, ground fenugreek seeds, and cayenne in a nonreactive bowel. Add the mangoes and half of the oil. Stir to mix well.

Spoon into a dry, sterilized jar, and press down lightly to compact the mangoes. Add the remaining oil, and tightly cap the jar. Set in a sunny spot for 10 to 12 days, turning the jars up and down several times once every few days. After the twelfth day the pickle is ready for use, but it tastes better as it ages.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Sweet-and-Sour Eggplant Pickle

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 quart

INGREDIENTS

1-pound Japanese or small Italian eggplants, or 1 large (1¼ to 1½ pound) eggplant, stemmed
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup rice wine vinegar
1½ cups loosely packed light brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
½ tablespoon chopped garlic
½ tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS

If using Japanese eggplants, cut them in half lengthwise and then crosswise into 2-inch sections. If using small Italian eggplants, quarter them lengthwise, and then cut into 2-inch sections. If you can only find a large eggplant, cut off the straight-sided upper half of the eggplant, and cut it lengthwise into six pieces; cut each piece in half crosswise. Then set the bottom half of the eggplant on one end, and cut off the rounded, outside edges in 4½-inch thick slices, discarding the central core. Cut the other pieces in half lengthwise and then crosswise into 2 to 2½-inch sections.

Sprinkle the eggplant slices with salt on a paper-towel-lined-tray, and let stand 2 hours. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, pour the vinegar over the brown sugar, and let stand to soften. Wipe the salt off the eggplant with paper towels. Heat the oil in a 12-inch frying pan over medium heat. Working in two batches, cook the eggplant, turning, until lightly browned and softened, 3 to 4 minutes. (Do not overcook, or the eggplant will fall apart.) Drain on paper towels.

Remove the pan from the heat, and stir the garlic, ginger, and cayenne in the oil. Return the eggplant to the pan, and swirl the pan to coat the eggplant with the spices. Let stand off the heat 5 minutes. Then add the vinegar-sugar mixture, bring to a simmer, and cook until the syrup is very bubble and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, but not caramelized, about 15 minutes. Let stand until cooled completely to room temperature, spoon into a sterilized 1-quart jar, and refrigerate.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

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