Arabic Pickles

Arabic pickles are served with every meal throughout the Middle East. You can buy pre-made ones for next to nothing but making your own at home is simple and taste much better. You can pretty much pickle any vegetable that you would like. Some common ones here in Saudi are cucumbers, carrots and cauliflower. I am personally not a big fan of cauliflower so I made a mix of carrot and cucumber sticks. I absolutely love Arabic pickles in my chicken sharwarma. This recipe is very versatile and you can make exactly what you need for the size of jar that you choose. I chose a medium jar and then filled half with water and the remaining half with vinegar so do the same when making yours for the correct quantities. 

*the olive oil will harden when refrigerated but will quickly melt at room temperature. 

2 cups water
2 cups white vinegar
4 garlic cloves, smashed
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 carrot, cut into sticks
2 cucumbers cut into sticks

1.      Place carrots and cumbers in rotation layers tightly until jar is almost full.Add olive oil and garlic.

2.      In a small saucepan add water, vinegar, salt and sugar. Bring to a full boil then turn heat off. Mix well. Carefully pour liquid over vegetables into jar leaving a small amount of air at top.

11 fabulous comments:

  1. Shobha3/15/2012

    These pickled veggies are a nice accompaniment with burgers and wraps.

  2. Noor3/16/2012

    agree :)

  3. Familycook3/16/2012

    The vegetables look so pretty!

  4. The Black Jubah3/18/2012

    Assalamualaikum...I used to live in Jeddah for 3 years. Don't really fancy the food but loves the shawarma and their breads. I wonder if you could create a fusion of the Arabic minced meat dish with spaghetti...because the bolognaise has become boring lately..

  5. Noor3/19/2012

    Thanks so much everyone I really appreciate your kind comments.

    Black jumah they make this pasta here that taste like kabsa and you can add meat or not you should try it.

  6. SuzyEats3/19/2012

    this looks great. i love pickled items :-)

  7. Noor3/20/2012

    thanks so much

  8. Floral Architecture4/06/2012

    Olive oil and garlic got left out of the instructions. ????

  9. Noor4/07/2012

    thanks for letting me know I forgot those I fixed it :)

  10. UmmHafsa4/29/2012

    I'm going to prepare these tomorrow. How long should you wait until it's ready to eat? I mean... Does it take a week or month for example?


  11. Noor4/29/2012

    Its really up to you. You can eat them after a few days but the longer they sit the softer they get.


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