Traditional Greek Pickles (Toursi)

Greek pickles can be eaten as a side dish at any time, but are usually associated with Clean Monday, when Lent begins before Easter. They are delicious with Gigantes  which is also traditionally eaten on Clean Monday. The pickles can be prepared in 1 day, so there is time to get them ready for Clean Monday, which is on March 10 this year.


1 medium size cauliflower
2 medium size turnips
6 carrots
6 small cucumbers
6 long sweet red peppers
6 long spicy green peppers
1 celery stem
1 litre wine vinegar
1 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons thick salt
5-6 well sealed ½ litre jars


Rinse the vegetables well.

Peel the carrots.

Cut the cauliflower up into small florets.

Cut the turnips into approx. 1cm x 2cm cubes

Chop the rest of the vegetables, apart from the green peppers, diagonally into 1cm slices.
Place all of the vegetables in a basin with the salt and leave overnight.

Next day, sterilise the jars by placing them for a few seconds in a pan of boiling water.

Fill all the jars with the vegetables only and not any remaining liquid.

At the top of each jar place the long spicy green peppers.

Fill the jars with ¼ water and ¾ vinegar and then cover the vegetables with olive oil at the top.
Seal the jars.

Fill a large pan just over half full with water and bring to the boil.

Place a cloth at the bottom of the pan and place the well-sealed jars upside down on top of this.

Simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove the jars and leave them to cool.
Once they have cooled, you can store them for later use or eat immediately.

If you've tried this recipe, please rate it!

Eat and Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

I'm Armenian (half anyhow), and LOVE tourshi (we spell it with an h). Of all the great foods I knew we had in common Parklava/Baklava, Spinach Boureg / Spanikopita, etc., and having grown up with several Greeks, this is the first time I've heard of Greeks making toursi. Love it! Ours is usually carrot sticks, peppers, cauliflower, garlic, celery, and my favorite - string beans. Yummm! I'll have to try the turnip next time. :)

symposio said...

Chris - How interesting! I didn't realise we had that connection with Armenia! I love Toursi as well!

And thanks for following our Page on Google+!

Ange Kenos said...

My late yia yia made this often, but turnips - never. Peppers, rarely. She preferred green tomatoes, hot chillis and cabbage. The blatter was exceptional buit through this I also developed a love and tolerance for extremely hot chillis.

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