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5 from 6 votes

Asian Pickled Cabbage | (Indian Style Spicy & Sour Pickle) | (V + K + GF)

Traditionally, Indian meals are not complete without pickles. This easy Asian pickled cabbage is a spicy, sour, crunchy, and addicting topping or side and adds a pop of flavor in any recipe. It's mildly acidic and bursting with flavors.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Accompaniments
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: asian pickled cabbage, pickle, pickled cabbage
Servings: 2
Calories: 28kcal
Author: Pradeep Mamgain


  • 50 grams cabbage
  • 25 grams carrot
  • 15 grams bell pepper
  • 6 grams black mustard seeds raai
  • 2.5 grams fennel seeds
  • 1 gram ground turmeric
  • 2 grams ground red chili
  • 5 grams salt
  • 0.3 grams asafoetida
  • 12 grams mustard oil
  • 15 ml lemon juice


  • Gather the ingredients.
  • First of all, add mustard and fennel seeds to a blender jar and make a semi-coarse powder.
  • Thinly slice cabbage, bell pepper, and carrot using a large, sharp knife and then transfer the veggies to a mixing bowl.
  • Add rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix well.
  • Transfer the mix to a glass jar. Ensure to pack tightly. Set the jar in the sun for three to four hours.


  • Caution: Always use clean hands and utensils for making the pickles. As a result, pickles will last long.
  • Utensils: Because of the corrosive nature of some ingredients always use glassware or ceramic containers for pickling, not the metal containers.
  • Substitutions: You can replace mustard oil with olive oil.
  • Can I add other vegetables to this pickle: Yes, you can add different vegetables such as sliced onions, shallots, or small cauliflower florets.
  • How to serve this pickle: You can serve this healthy, delicious, and crunchy pickled cabbage as a salad or as a side to your and family’s favorite meals. You can add it to: sandwiches, chicken, meat, fish, burgers, tacos, chapatis, rice, and so on.
  • Is this pickle shelf-stable: If you refrigerate it in a jar with a lid, it will last upto two weeks.
  • Can I add my favorite spices to the pickle: Yes. You can add garlic, ginger, black pepper, and fenugreek seeds to it.