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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thai Cucumber Relish - Ah Jaht



This is a fresh, crisp relish whose icy greens are just beautiful to look at. I serve this as a salad with creamy Thai coconut curries and any other time I want a salad that will clear the palate. It is simple to assemble and keeps well. Submerged in its brine, the cucumbers will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator. The relish requires no special ingredients and can be assembled in less than 15 minutes. It is best served cold after marinating for a few hours. Like heat? Add more chilies. I have been known to add small amounts of chopped peanuts and freshly chopped cilantro.


Thai Cucumber Relish - Ah Jaht

Ingredients:

1/2 cup white or rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 large hothouse cucumbers or 1 pound garden cucumbers
3 tablespoons thinly sliced shallots or coarsely chopped red onion
2 teaspoons thinly sliced small red or green chilies

Directions:
1) Combine vinegar, water,sugar and salt in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar and salt dissolve. Set aside. Cool.
2) Peel cucumbers if you wish. Cut them lengthwise into 4 long strips. Cut each strip crosswise into bite size triangles. Combine with shallots and chilies in a small bowl. Add cooled dressing. Can be served at room or chilled. Yield: 3 cups.

31 comments :

noble pig said...

I love the chilis in here, it really livens it up.

Selba said...

Wow! So green! And you are using those green chili padi, that must be really hot :)

Mary said...

Selba, the relish needs heat and the beauty of chilies is that you are in control.

Ning said...

Love the simplicity of the salad! :)

Katy ~ said...

Beautiful! And healthful, too!

Donna-FFW said...

Oh this sounds terrific and refreshing with a hint of spice. Yum. I like the idea of the chopped peanuts too!!

Ginger said...

WOW, this relish would be really good on fresh grilled bratts.

Meg said...

I love this! Thai food is my favorite, especially when there are cucumbers involved!

Natashya said...

Such a great side to wake up the palate - perfect for the warming weather.

Mary said...

Hi Meg, I just wanted to welcome you to One Perfect Bite. I hope you'll visit us often.

Katherine Aucoin said...

First, this is gorgeous, it sings of Spring! I love the right amount of heat, just enough to stir your tastebuds.

Pam said...

The chilis probably make it extra special. Looks delicious.

Amy said...

Yummy...that relish looks so good. I will definitely have to try this one! Amy :)

Karen said...

This looks so refreshing. Wish I had some cukes in the refrigerator.. I'd make it right now!

Charlene said...

Mary thank you for stopping by to see me. This salad looks so fresh but, it does look spicey. I am such a wimp about hot food. But DH would love it.

Mary said...

Charlene, thanks for stopping by. It's possible to divide the relish into his and her servings. One seasoned, one not.

Sweta said...

The salad looks so good(and spicy).My mom loved adding crushed ginger along with chilies to cucumber salads.

The Blonde Duck said...

Mrs. McGill, my artist friend, makes this for me every time I come over! It's so neat!

the ungourmet said...

I love this relish! It looks crisp, fresh and delicious!

Ashley ~ said...

The relish looks good, and I must say that the picture in your header is seriously making me want a salad*! Thank you for visiting my blog this morning, and I will certainly be back to visit with you again*! _Ashley*

Lynda said...

That sounds like it would go perfectly with a nice Thai curry .... mmmmm ....

Mary said...

Ashley, welcome to One Perfect Bite. I'm delighted you stopped by.

Lynda said...

I make something similar, but without the chilis; that would really add a great kick of flavor!
Your photos are always so beautiful!

Laura said...

That is my favorite cucumber salad--I serve it with almost anything. Your photos are gorgeous.

5 Star Foodie said...

This relish sounds wonderful and refreshing - love the spice!

Farmer Jo said...

I have made this before, but without the chiles. I like to eat it with the uber spicy food. Beautiful picture!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Mary that salad is gorgeous!

Magnolia Memories08 Seeing With The Heart said...

Mary this is not the time of day be visit your blog. Oh gosh how great that would be for supper.What a beautiful relish recipe.
Thanks for stopping by with such a sweet message.
Have a great day..
Vikki

Juliana said...

Love cucumber...great for the Summer. The pictures are great!

Mary said...

Juliana, I'm so glad you cam by. I hope you'll returen often.

Tammy Golden said...

Is this recipe safe for canning?

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