Acar Timun (Javanese Cucumber and Carrot Pickle)

  • Serves

    makes ABOUT 2 1/2 CUPS


This relish is an easy-to-make version of Indonesian pickle. This recipe first appeared in our May 2011 issue, with the article The World of Satay.


  • 1 12 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 12 cucumbers, cut into 2″-long x 1/4″-wide sticks
  • 1 large carrot, cut into 2″-long x 1/4″ wide sticks
  • 2 12 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 green Thai chiles, sliced thin


Step 1

Stir together salt, shallots, cucumbers, carrots, and 2 cups boiling water in a bowl. Let sit 15 minutes; drain. Squeeze out liquid and transfer to a bowl; stir in sugar, vinegar, and chiles. Let sit 15 minutes.

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