Home-made Piccalilli


Store home-made piccalilli for up to a year! Goes best with most types of white fish and smelly cheeses. Recipe makes enough to fill a large pan

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Home-made piccalilli
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2016-01-03, this recipe is for 20 people and takes 50 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 16-03-2021

50 minutes 20 people Side dishes
Home-made piccalilli


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  • 1 zucchini
  • 6 Dutch carrots
  • 2 shallots
  • 300 gram green beans
  • 300 gram pumpkin
  • 3 green bell peppers
  • 1 litre regular white vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 600 ml of water
  • 2 tablespoons mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 200 gram sugar
  • Small bag of salt, enough to cover all of the vegetables
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
Home-made piccalilli ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • Chef's knife + cutting board
  • Bread knife
  • Potato peeler
  • Very large bowl
  • Large pan
  • Large strainer
  • Cling film
  • Small bowl
  • Whisk

Home-made Piccalilli

50 minutes 20 people Side dishes

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Preparation -- 20 minutes + 24 hours waiting

Dice the zucchini, 300 grams of pumpkin and 3 green bell peppers.  pro tip: cut the pumpkin with a bread knife. If you still are having trouble cutting the pumpkin in half, put it in the oven for 10 minutes at 150 degrees celsius or 300 degrees fahrenheit.

The pumpkin skin will be softer, and easier to cut.  rinse and peel the skin off the dutch carrots using a potato peeler. Cut the carrots into slices. Also, rinse the green beans and slice them into small pieces.

FINELY dice the 2 shallots, click here to learn how you can dice onions like a pro! LAYER each prepared vegetable and add LOADS of salt in between each layer in a very large bowl.

Cover the very large bowl with cling film and refrigerate for 24 hours.  this will initiate a process that separates a lot of the moisture from the vegetables into the bowl. This prevents a soggy piccalilli in the end.  

Home-made piccalilli
Home-made piccalilli

Cooking the home-made piccalilli -- 30 minutes

If everything went well, you should now be one day further, grab the large bowl containing the vegetables from the refrigerator. There should be a lot of water on the bottom of the bowl.

Thoroughly rinse the vegetables with cold, running water. Drain the vegetables using a large strainer and place them back into the large bowl.  

Home-made piccalilli
Home-made piccalilli

Bring 600 ml of water and 1 litre (1000 ml) of plain vinegar to a boil in a large pan. Dissolve 200 grams of sugar, then add in all of the vegetables.  

Piccalilli vegetables in vinegar
Piccalilli vegetables in vinegar

Cook vegetables for 20 minutes, or until tender. Stir in 2 tablespoons of mustard powder, 1 tablespoon turmeric and 1 teaspoon ginger powder.

The turmeric will give the piccalilli its typical yellow colour.  

Corn flour and vinegar mixture
Corn flour and vinegar mixture

Mix 4 tablespoons of cornflour together with a few big squeezes of vinegar in a small bowl, until it looks like the example above. This easy mixture will bind the home-made piccalilli together, otherwise, we'll end up with a very sour soup!

Stir the mixture into the large pan and season with freshly ground salt and pepper. When done, pour it into sterile jars while it's still hot. When properly sealed, these jars of home-made piccalilli will preserve their contents for up to a year.

Refrigerate for up to 1. 5 weeks after opening. Piccalilli goes well with most types of white fish and smelly cheeses. Enjoy!

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