Spiced Gundruk (Spicy Fermented Vegetables)

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Recipe by Tulsi Regmi

Because of harsh conditions prevailing in the Himalayas, staple ingredients in their growing seasons are fermented and dehydrated to be consumed in winter days ahead.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine nappa cabbage, daikon radish and carrot slices.
  2. Add three tablespoons of salt; mix thoroughly.
  3. Cover and let rest in a warm place for at least six hours.
  4. Drain and rinse vegetables in a colander.
  5. Return rinsed vegetables to the mixing bowl, and add chopped green onions, garlic, ginger, hot chili powder, paprika, asafetida, sugar, salt as required and water.
  6. Toss well to combine vegetables with the spices.
  7. Put the mixture into a large sterilized jar, gradually pressing down each layer as it is spooned in.
  8. Cap the jar tightly and store in warm place for at least three days for fermentation.
  9. Once the fermentation process is complete to your liking, refrigerate.
  10. Serve with steamed rice.

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