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Simple & Vegan Piccalilli Recipe

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Sweet, sour, and deliciously different, piccalilli chutney is an ideal way to preserve your late summer harvest! Learn how with this easy-to-follow piccalilli recipe.

Piccalilli is a lightly pickled mixture of seasonal vegetables in a spicy, aromatic sauce. This classic British pickle is perfectly suited for livening up a picnic or enhancing a sandwich. Homemade piccalilli always tastes far superior to any commercially made piccalilli, and it’s a great way to preserve some of your late-summer harvest. It is easy to make and will keep for up to three months.

Easy Piccalilli Recipe

While you can buy it in store, using our homemade piccalilli recipe is much tastier.
While you can buy it in store, using our homemade piccalilli recipe is much tastier.
(Foto: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash / Viktor Forgacs)

Yields approximately four 250ml jars.


  • ½ lb cauliflower
  • ⅔ cup zucchini
  • ⅓ cup green beans
  • 2 small shallots
  • 1⅓ cup vinegar
  • 1½ tbsp mustard powder
  • ½ tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Cut the cauliflower, zucchini, beans, and shallots into small pieces and place them in a sieve over a bowl, and sprinkle over the salt. Let stand for 1-2 hours in the fridge, then wash and drain well.
  2. Put ⅓ cup of the vinegar in a bowl with the mustard powder, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, cumin, turmeric, and flour. Mix well to make a paste.
  3. Gently heat the remaining vinegar, sugar, bay leaf, and a pinch of salt until the sugar dissolves, then pour in the mustard vinegar mix, simmering and stirring for 5 mins until the mixture thickens.
  4. Fold in the drained vegetables and heat for 1 minute before removing from the heat.
  5. Pack everything into sterilized jars. 
  6. Seal and leave in the fridge for a few days before opening. Once open, keep in the fridge and use within two months.

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