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Beetroot Atjar
Beetroot Atjar
added by karenjopling

This wonderful tangy South African way of preparing beetroot goes perfectly with salads, in sandwiches or simply on its own. I fought for many months to prize this recipe out of a good friend Rone Brigham - so thanks to her.

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Prep time
  • 15 minutes
Cook Time
  • 30 mins plus beetroot cooking time if using fresh
  • Approx 1 lb
  • 4 cups cooked beetroot cut up into small cubes
  • 1 ½ cups finely diced onion
  • 1 ½ cups sugar (White)
  • 1 cup brown vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 ½ cups maizena (Cornflour) made into a thick paste with a little water

If you are using fresh uncooked beetroot, you need to get these on the boil and cooking. This will take several hours depending upon the size of beetroot. If you are using ready cooked beetroot, make sure they are not preserved in anything - just cooked in water.

Place onions, vinegar and sugar into a cooking pot and cook on a gentle heat for about 5 minutes until the onions soften.

Dice the beetroot into small chunks - remember this is going into jars so you don't want to make the pieces too large.

When the onions are softened, add in your diced beetroot and give it a cook stir, but be careful not to break up the beetroot chunks.

Bring mixture to the boil.

Add in curry powder and give it a cook stir.

Add in the cornflour/ water mix little by little until you achieve a thickish consistency. 

Pour into prepared sterilised jars, cover with wax paper and you are done!

This will keep for several months unopened in the pantry, but once opened store in a fridge as you would other pickles.


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This was too sweet for my taste but going to try it again with less sugar.

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