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Achar - Afghan Pickle Recipe

Achar Recipe – Afghan Pickles

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  • Author: MirriamSeddiq


I learned how to make Afghan pickled vegetables (achar) from my grandmother. May Allah (swt) grant her Jannah. 

This pickle is done “granny pickle” style (phrase from my producer). That is, it is a cooked vegetable pickle and not one of the more popular “quick pickles” done today. 

The pickle is great with our chicken sandwich. One of the things that stands out from this pickle is that, not only is it cooked, but also that the vegetables are submersed in 100% vinegar. This gives them a wonderfully tart flavor. (even for pickles!)



2 red onions

1 large head of cauliflower 

3 serrano chilies

peeled garlic cloves

white distilled vinegar

dried dill

dried mint

1 bag baby carrots


1. Take head of cauliflower and remove stem and break into florets. (see video) Place into pot you will use to cook vegetables. Also throw baby carrots and garlic in pot. 

2. Boil those veggies until just cooked but still crunchy.  In separate container boil onions until soft.

3. Set up as many jars as you like and you are going to prep the bottom of the jars with your spices and sliced peppers and garlic. Put sliced garlic and peppers in bottom of each jar along with approximately 1 tsp coriander, 1 tsp dill, 1 tsp mint.

4. Pile jars with veggies. Then, poor vinegar over veggies.

5. Shake jars to mix up spices and then store in a cool place where you store pickles.

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