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Aug 2, 2012 05:37 PM

Middle Eastern Pickled Turnips

Where can I buy these red little beauties you get in any Middle-Eastern restaurant?

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    1. re: Cat123

      Arz does, at their olive bar.

      1. re: eller

        I'm thinking of checking that out today. Planning on lunch across the street.


        1. re: Davwud

          Arz is my choice,because i can choose the size of the container as well as the quantity i want....
          I hate buying bottled as i tend to not finish them and its just wastes fridge space....

          1. re: warlock

            Wadi had a table where you could load up a plastic container. The pickled turnips weren't excellent though.


    2. The market at 1996 Lawrence E near Arz (Nasr?) has them too, but they are jarred and who knows how old. Likely won't be as good as the ones you've had at good restaurants.

      However, it is the season to make them ! Baby turnips are at the markets everywhere. Had another version of picketed turnips last weekend (small ones cut in quarters) and they were amazing. Ever so slightly sweeter than the middle eastern style, but tart and tasty. Maybe worth a try !

      1. Well one thing you can do is go into just about any shawarma place and buy them there.

        If anyone has a good recipe, maybe they can post it on the HC board. Mrs. Sippi loves 'em.


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        1. re: Davwud

          There's a retail grocery store attached to the Sababa Middle East sit-down restaurant, on Steeles Ave. W., between Bathurst and Yonge Sts., and while I've been in the grocery store many times, I've never actively looked for pickled turnips - which I also enjoy. But the store sells pretty much everything for takeout that's on offer in the next-door restaurant, and then some, so there's no harm in phoning to find out about supplies of pickled turnips - assuming you're anywhere in the neighbourhood. (I satisfy my craving at Tov-Li, a kosher falafel joint on Bathurst St. where pickled turnips as a topping adds immeasurably to the crunchy pleasure of a first-rate falafel sandwich.)

        2. Though I cannot confirm, I would bet that the big Iranian supermarket 'Korzahk' I believe its called (east side of yonge south of steeles) would sell them.

          Either way, make sure you buy some of the fresh flat bread that they constantly churn out in the back....awesome stuff!

          1. I'll give you a very general response...I'm sure someone here has the details. There's a guy (Iranian?) who makes pickles in town. He sells his products at various local farmers' markets around town and he definitely makes pickled turnips. Sorry about the vagueness.
            On the other hand, I've bought the commercially jarred type and they're quite good too.

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            1. re: Yongeman

              I picked some up at the Middle Eastern market across from Al Tanoor (Wadi I think) that Mrs. Sippi said were "Okay."


              1. re: Davwud

                That's the old Nasr building. I think that's where I bought my bottle when it was Nasr.

              2. re: Yongeman

                Yongeman-are you referring to Toorshi Foods? I think he's Armenian? Are they any good? Always wanted to try!

                1. re: deabot

                  I think that's probably him. He freely gives samples of his products, and they are good, although I've never actually bought any.

                  1. re: Yongeman

                    He's at the market at Metro Hall on Thursdays.. I bought a jar recently and devoured them within 2 weeks.. will go back soon to buy a larger jar!

                  2. re: deabot

                    I love the ones at Jerusalem Restaurant on Eglinton. Tried Toorshi's. Didn't even come close.

                    1. re: deabot

                      A selection of Toorshi Foods pickled veg are also carried at Royal Beef @ Danforth/Woodbine. Had an amazing jar of their mixed pickled veg (loads of cauliflower) a couple of weeks ago.

                      edit: Didn't see any jars of pickled turnips at Royal Beef, although I remember noting at least 3 other varieties of Toorshi brand pickles.

                    2. re: Yongeman

                      Yes! The brand is Toorshi. I saw them at McEwan recently. They aren't cheap, but they are delicious!!! I bought them directly from the owner at the North St. Lawrence Market on a Saturday morning a year ago, or so. The spicy version, with Thai chiles, is fantastic.

                      Hratch Vartanian
                      Toorshi Foods Inc.

                      As long as the turnover is high, any Middle Eastern shop selling them should be fine. I think I've seen them in the bulk area at Ararat on Avenue Road.