Sunday, November 4, 2012

Achard de légumes - Raw vegetable pickle

Achard de legumes is a crunchy mixed vegetable pickles Mauritian style. It is usually served as a side to many main courses more so with rice dishes. Very easy to make and if you have left over vegetables you are not sure what to do with , give it a try !


4 carrots
1/2 medium sized cabbage
2-3 green chillies
4-5 green beans (optional)
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp of salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp of tamarind paste if not available substitute with 1 tsp of vinegar


  • Slice carrots finely and shred cabbage using a mandolin slicer (or use a knife instead)
  • Slice green beans if using
  • Remove seeds from green chillies and slice finely as well and set aside
  • Slice clove of garlic and set aside
  • Take all vegetables and put in a colander
  • Add the salt and mix well . Leave to rest for 15-20 mins
  • Boil water and pour onto vegetables to rinse properly
  • Now drain and take all excess water out by pressing vegetables in between hands (wear gloves if you wish )
  • Add all other ingredients (turmeric, mustard seeds, green chillies, garlic , oil and tamarind or vinegar ) and mix well
  • Leave pickle to rest for an hour or so
  • Adjust salt if necessary (will be salty from the first step of adding salt and leaving it to soak in it for 15 mins. Even after rinsing usually vegetables remain salty )
  • Serve with rice or any other main dish