"Stock Your Exotic Pantry", the theme for this week at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC). Pickled eggs are pretty exotic to me, especially when they look such as pretty as these Purple Pickled Eggs. These purple pickled eggs got their colour from a few slices of beetroot. I have seen other pickled eggs recipes from various websites and have always wanted to try at making them. So this is the perfect time to try Diana Henry's recipe, the featured chef at IHCC.
Firstly boil the eggs. I've made only 4 eggs. Peel the eggs, and use a cake skewer or wooden skewer to poke some holes onto the eggs. Put the eggs in a jar.
The brine is made by bringing to a boil, the sliced beetroot, coriander seeds, cinnamon stick, sugar, dried chilli and white wine vinegar. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Pour the hot brine mixture over the eggs in the jar. Seal and refrigerate once cool. Keep for a few days before eating.
Such pretty eggs! I just love the colour from the beetroot. Makes the eggs looks really pretty in purple!
How does it tastes like? Hmmm... I ate one on the very next day, and it was a little sour and the insides are not as purple as the ones above. I ate the second egg on the fourth day, as pictured above, the colour purple can be seen, already seeped into the eggs. The eggs are sour, and the whites has a chewy texture, while the york..well, tastes like yorks should be, I find no difference to its texture. It is an interesting pickle and would be great eaten as a side dish or appetizer accompanying a meal such as an Indian Briyani meal (suggested by my sis!). For those of you who love pickles, might like these pickled eggs, though it is not everyone's cup of tea. Would I make this again? I probably would, I rather enjoy eating it but prefer it to be less sour, so I would increase the amount of sugar, add a pinch of salt, reduce the amount of vinegar, to suit my taste.
(adapted from : Salt Sugar Smoke, Diana Henry or here)
14 eggs (4 eggs)
1 litre (1-3/4 pints) white wine vinegar (1 cup)
1 beetroot, sliced (a few slices)
100gm (3-1/2 oz) granulated sugar (2 tbsp)
2 tbsp coriander seeds (1/2 tbsp)
1/2 cinnamon stick (a small piece)
3 dried chillies (1)
- Boil the eggs for 10 minutes, then drain, run cold water over them and peel. Make a few punctures in each egg with a slim skewer or a cocktail stick. Set aside.
- Mix all the rest of the ingredients together in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and leave to simmer for about 15 minutes. Put the eggs into a sterilized jar and pour the hot vinegar over them. Seal with a vinegar-proof lid and keep in the refrigerator once cold. The eggs will taste better after a couple of days. They'll keep - covered with the vinegar - for about a month.
I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), theme for this week, "Stock Up Your Exotic Pantry".