Turshi Khiyar (Iraqi Pickles)

Pickled vegetables are part of many traditional Iraqi meals. Try them here


These are traditional Iraqi pickles. Pickled veggies are usually served as part of a typical Iraqi meal. The spice mixture in these makes them irresistible. Also, the method used here can be used for other veggies as well.


This recipe is courtesy of Cluich via Food.com


  • 4 Pounds pickling cucumbers
  • 4 Cups white vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/3 Cup kosher salt
  • 2 Teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 Teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 Teaspoon sugar


Put the cucumbers in a mason jar or jars.

In a pot, bring the vinegar, salt, garlic, and spices to a boil.

Remove from the heat and pour over the cucumbers to the top of the jar(s). Seal the jar(s).

The pickles will be ready within a week. Just watch for the color change.

Pickle Shopping Tip

Look for glass jars with metal lids (preferably Mason jars). They are more easily sanitized than plastic containers.

Pickle Cooking Tip

When pickling foods, invert the jar for about 5 minutes after sealing it to ensure a tight seal.