Winter veg piccalilli

Jars filled with spiced chopped vegetables with crackers and cheese on the side

Make this winter veg piccalilli, then check out our classic piccalilli, pickled chanterelles, dill pickles and more pickling recipes.

Recipe tip: To sterilise the jar, heat the oven to 140C/fan 120C/gas 1. Wash the jar and lid in warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Put upside-down on an oven shelf and bake for 20 minutes. Cool completely in the oven with the door shut to prevent the glass from cracking.

  • 15129
  • Total time 55 minutes
  • Note + salting + maturing
  • Difficulty Easy


  • winter root vegetables (use carrots, parsnips, kohlrabi, cauliflower or any other root veg you have) 1kg, peeled and cut into 1½cm chunks
  • sea salt flakes 2 tbsp
  • coriander seeds 1 tbsp, lightly crushed
  • black or yellow mustard seeds 3 tsp
  • cumin seeds 1 tbsp, lightly crushed
  • ground turmeric 2 tsp
  • English mustard powder 2 tbsp
  • granulated sugar 200g
  • cornflour 3 tbsp
  • cider vinegar 600ml


  • Step 1

    Tip the vegetables into a large non-metallic bowl and massage in the salt. Cover with a tea towel and leave for 6 hours. This will help draw water from the vegetables, preventing a watery piccalilli while also intensifying the flavour. After 6 hours, rinse the veg well under cold running water to remove the salt, then pat dry with kitchen paper.

    Step 2

    Tip the coriander seeds, all the mustard seeds and the cumin seeds into a large pan. Toast over a medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant, then whisk in the turmeric, mustard powder, sugar and cornflour. Add 100ml of the vinegar and stir until you have a smooth, glossy paste. Gradually add the remaining vinegar until you have a smooth sauce.

    Step 3

    Tip in the vegetables and cook over a medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the veg is just starting to soften on the outside but retains its crunch. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

    Step 4

    Ladle the piccalilli into four 300ml sterilised jars (see above), seal and leave to mature in a cool, dark place for two to three weeks before serving to allow the spices to develop and the vinegar to mellow. Store unopened for up to a year or, once opened, keep refrigerated and use within a month.

Nutritional data

  • kcals 15
  • fat 0.2g
  • carbs 3g
  • sugars 2.5g
  • fibre 0.4g
  • protein 0.3g
  • salt 0.2g

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