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Homemade Mixed Vegetable Pickles

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Homemade Mixed Vegetable Pickles, and a staple in many South African homes as it’s a great accompaniment to any curry dish.

Are pickles vegetables healthy?

Fermented pickles are full of good bacteria called probiotics, which are important for gut health. Fights diseases. Cucumbers are high in an antioxidant called beta-carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A.

How long will pickled vegetables last?

The pickled vegetables or fruit will keep for about 5 to 6 months in a jar — always make sure to refrigerate whatever you pickle

Yield: 5+ jars depending on size

Homemade Mixed Vegetable Pickles

an image of a white square plate filled with Mixed Vegetable Pickles

A staple in many South African homes as it’s a great accompaniment to any curry dish

Soak & Prep Time 1 day 1 hour
Dry Time 1 day
Boil Time 8 minutes
Total Time 2 days 1 hour 8 minutes


  • 250 ml (1 Cup) Carrots
  • 250 ml (1 Cup) Cabbage
  • 250 ml (1 Cup) Green Beans
  • 250 ml (1 Cup) Cauliflower
  • 250 ml (1 Cup) Baby/Pickle Onions
  • 8-10 Garlic Cloves (add later)
  • 10 Green Chilies (approx.)
  • ½ Cup (125 ml) Dried Figs (clean thoroughly)
  • 1L White Spirit Vinegar (approx.)
  • 1 Tbsp. (12.5 ml) Salt (see below)
  • 1 Tbsp. (12.5 ml) Pickle Masala
  • 3 cups (750 ml) of Vegetable Oil (approx.)


  1. Prepare the vegetable (except the garlic) ie. and peel/cut roughly the same size.
  2. Rinse and pat dry.
  3. Place the vegetables in a large bowl and pour in the vinegar (enough to cover the vegetable about halfway).
  4. Allow it to soak overnight, mixing it every a few hours.
  5. The following day, drain the vegetables and lay them on a baking sheet or tray, and allow them to dry off for 24 hours (in direct sunlight if possible).
  6. If adding dried figs, boil them in the leftover vinegar till plump (about 5-8 minutes) drain, and set aside.
  7. Once the vegetables have dried, place in a wide large bowl, add in the figs, garlic, masala, salt, and oil (enough to just cover the vegetable), and mix well.
  8. Pickle may be consumed immediately or stored in the refrigerator and enjoy!!
  9. NB: use a clean dry spoon when decanting the pickle and mix ever so often to avoid mold from forming.
  10. Taste the pickle Masala before adding extra salt as it does contain salt as well.


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Prepared, tried, and tested by Rochelle from The Recipe Hunter: Tried and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs and SA Tasty Recipes -Saffas Daily Recipes

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Nutrition Information



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Amount Per Serving Calories 3358Total Fat 46gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 36gCholesterol 0mgSodium 14786mgCarbohydrates 687gFiber 135gSugar 261gProtein 154g

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