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Homemade Piccalilli

A classic English pickle of mixed vegetables in an aromatic mustard flavour sauce. 
Start the day before.  Allow to mature for 1 month before serving.
Course Jams and preserves
Cuisine British
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 jars
Calories 211kcal
Author Jacqueline Bellefontaine


  • 300 g cauliflower florets
  • 150 g French beans
  • 250 g shallots or small pickling onions
  • 250 g courgettes or cucumber
  • 75 g sea salt
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 75 g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 500 ml malt vinegar


  • Prepare the vegetables. Break the cauliflower into small florets, trim the beans and cut into short lengths. Peel and quarter the shallots or onions. Cut the courgettes into half or quarters lengthways then thickly slice. If using cucumber cut in half lengthwise, scoop out and discard the seeds then cut in half again and slice.
  • Layer the vegetables in a bowl sprinkling with the salt as you layer them. Toss together to coat with the salt. Cover and allow to stand for 24 hours. 
  • Drain the vegetables and rinse very well in cold water. Drain and allow to dry.
  • Mix the flour, sugar, mustard powder, turmeric and ginger together in a pan with a little of the vinegar to form a smooth paste.  Make sure that you get the mixture lump free at this stage.
  • Gradually stir in the remaining vinegar. Cook over a low heat stirring until the mixture comes to the boil and thickens.
  • Add the vegetables and cook gently for 2-3 minutes. Spoon into hot sterilised jars and seal.


Click here for how to sterilise jars 
The flavour of piccalilli improves with storing and should ideally be left to mature for at least 1 month.  Once opened consume within 4 weeks. Unopen jars should keep for up to 18 months in a cool dry place.


Serving: 1jar | Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Sodium: 2462mg | Potassium: 689mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 56.9mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2.3mg