December 6, 2014
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If you’re looking for a spicy pickle that will go well with a range of cuisines, I’d recommend you take a look at the “Hot Marinated Vegetables” from Sadaf. It’s a spicy version of Persian torshi pickles. There is cabbage, peppers, carrot, cabbage, parsley, cilantro, mint, and garlic in a vinegar base.
The aromatic herbs give it a good fresh, herbal, fresh note. However, it is very spicy, so if you can’t handle capsaicin, beware. You could mix this in with a mild giardiniera if its too spicy on its own.
These would pair well with Persian food of course, but also middle eastern food in general, Indian food, or as a spicy relish for a European meat and potatoes type of meal. It is chopped fine enough that you could use it as a relish on a hot dog or sausage in a bun or as a sandwich/burger spread.
It’s pictured here in the middle. On the right is one of my favorite torshis, Sima’s Mixed Vegetables. This is my second or third jar of this stuff from Sima Foods. It seems like a very high quality product, with a nice and rich, subtle flavor. It’s nicely packaged, in a manner that makes it look something like the artisinal Bay Area foods. Overall, I also highly recommend the Sima mixed vegetable pickles. It is not spicy like the Sadaf, and it’s chopped into larger chunks, but it’s quite good and great pairing for not only Persian food, but things like a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, stuffing and gravy.
Also pictured are some homemade pickles: curried cauliflower with garlic and some dill green beans.