Cucumber Relish ‒ Kurkkupikkelssi

The commonness of this side item is best described by the  many names it is referred by. In my personal vocabulary pikkelssi refers to specifically cucumber relish though basically it means any kind of pickled vegetables. Kurkkurelissi is used though that still sounds a bit foreign to my ears. The most common name I think is kurkkusalaatti, meaning cucumber salad, which is pretty weird nowadays that salad usually refers to fresh things.

Any way, a spoonful of the relish can be an accompaniment in pretty much any Finnish meal. It's especially common with fast food you can buy from small kiosks like hamburgers, french fries, lihapiirakkas, porilainens and such. It's one part of the holy trinity of cucumber relish, mustard and ketchup. Most people just  use store-bought versions but somehow they never actually taste good. I especially hate a certain brand sold in every store which only tastes sugary and where the cucumber pieces are soft as if they had gone rotten or something. Home made ones on the other hand tend to be delicious on their own, and usually contain a lot of onion too. I also added a bell pepper just for the colour, but that's not an important part in any way.

- 1 kg cucumber
- 300 g onion
- 1 bell pepper
- 3 dl water
- 2 dl white vinegar
- 2 dl sugar
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp mustard seeds
- dill

Wash and cube the veggies. Combine all the spices in a pot and let it come to a boil. Add the onion pieces there and cook for about five minutes. Add the cucumbers and bell pepper as well. Turn off the stove.

When the relish has cooled down, spoon it into clean and preferably sterilized glass jars. Move into a cool place, except the jar you intend to devour first.

Nutritional values / 2110 g:
energy 1011 kcal
fat 1 g
protein 12 g
carbohydrates 222 g
fiber 15 g

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