”Sa parfum zassar la! Zotto..”
Too many memories come down flashing at the mere sight of these jars oozing with aromas. Nostalgia dating back to school days is definitely one of my fondest trip to take if I were ask to share my most hearted one. I guess we all share the same when it comes to ”ene bon zassar légimes!” Isn’t it?
It is no fun eating them if you haven’t spilled and stained yourself at some point with the fragrant turmeric/mustard oil. The secret to a good pickle lies in its spices and mostly how you marry everything together at the end. You can use the readily made available sachets but I find making your own gives out a much better vibrance and taste. Three simple steps and ready in no time to make your own really. Blanche , Coat and Pickle!
”Kan mama ti p met zassar dans mo dipain, dans l’ecole tous mo camarades ti p fini conner! Mo torchon leten midi, inne fini vine zonne avec de l’huile zassar. Et pa bizin dire! So parfum extra!”
Mauritian Mixed Vegetable Pickle – Zassar Légimes
1/2 White Cabbage (medium size)
2 small Carrots
1 handful of Green Beans
1/2 Cauliflower / 1 handful Cauliflower florets
3 Green Chilli (optional)
1/2 Onion (optional)
1/2 tbsp Turmeric powder
3 tbsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
3 garlic cloves
- In a saucepan , bring water to a boil. Add the raw vegetables (all cut into julienne) to the boiling water and blanche until the water changes colour. Remove, strain and allow to cool down completely.
- In a food processor/mixer-grinder , grind the mustard and fenugreek into coarse or fine powder texture.
- Next heat a pan with some vegetable oil on low heat. Add the ground spices , onions , garlic , chilli and stir until all combined and becomes vibrant in colour.
- Add the mixed vegetables to the spices in the pan and coat generously. Salt accordingly and topped with chives.
- Take a jar and fill in 3/4 finishing off with oil to preserve the pickle for longer.
- Store in the refrigerator to last longer.
- Serve in baguettes, on rice or with noodles.
Mauritian Mixed Vegetable Pickle can also be enjoyed at market food court or any street food snack/hawker selling ready made sandwiches during the day. Great in Dal Puri or Roti even. Next time you are buying some Dal Puri just ask for them. You will be delighted you tried them!