4 medium to large carrots
1 small head garlic
1 jalapeño chile, sliced into rounds, or 1 whole chile de árbol
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon sugar or honey
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
Peel the carrots and slice them diagonally or crosswise about 3/8″ thick. Separate the garlic cloves and peel them. Don’t use any that are bruised or sprouting.
Boil the carrots in salted water to cover for 3 minutes, then drain. Combine the remaining ingredients plus 3/4 cup cold water and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Stir to dissolve the salt and sugar, then add the carrots. Refrigerate overnight before serving.
We thank Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison for this recipe.