Sunday, June 16, 2013

Cucumber Carrot Achar (Pickle)


I call achar/pickle, specifically this cucumber carrot achar/pickle as the festive dish. One which we definitely look forward to during special occasion too, of course, you sure can make it anytime. Literally as and when you like, I personally love achar because I love anything with sour note (Kerabu Mango/Salad & Ikan Asam Pedas). Oh, saliva dripping sourness is sincerely appetizing (Assam Laksa, Lemon Cashew Nut Rice & Mango Cucumber Yoghurt Salad), I always had the impression that I have to slog for a pickle. Meaning, I have sweat in my hot kitchen for hours. Actually, not so true. If we talking about pickles we make in bulk and store in fridge as a condiment (Pada Salt Fish Pickle, Salted Fish Pickle & Vegetable Pickle), then it holds aplenty truth, but not this one albeit getting ready the ingredients as listed below I agree is time taking. Still, cooking this cucumber carrot achar/pickle is done within a couple of minutes.


Slightly crunchy and slight soft, this typical home style achar can be paired with aplenty dishes - Dhal Bitter Gourd Curry, Green Fish Curry, Indian Chicken Curry, Chicken Curry Potato, Vegetable Green Curry, Egg Rasam, Mutton Devil Curry, Mutton Parathal, Potato Green Peas Curry, Vegetable Kurma Curry, Long Beans Prawn Coconut Gravy, Ghee Rice, Nasi Dagang, Nasi Lemak and Cumin Rice. If you are still can't make up your mind, I suggest you search and find other dishes in this my previous space. Aplenty waiting for you. Really!

Ingredients
1/2 cucumber - slice into 1 inch long stripes with the skin on
1/2 carrot - remove skin and slice into 1 inch long stripes
1/2 inch ginger - remove skin and slice into thin stripes
1 red and 1 green chilli - remove skin and slice into 1 inch long stripes
7 shallots -remove skin
7 garlic - remove skin
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 1/2 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
1/2 cup vinegar
Sugar and salt for taste
3 tbsp oil
Method
When oil is heated, sauté ginger, shallot, garlic and cumin seeds. 
Add vinegar, turmeric powder, sugar and salt. 
Stir and let it simmer.
Put in cucumber, carrot and chilli stripes.
Stir and close with a lid. 
After 10 mins, open the lid and sprinkle sesame seeds. 
Stir gently, cover and keep aside for another 30 mins before tucking in. 
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45 comments:

  1. i love pickles.. my nani makes delicious pickle, but it takes a lot of tim to get ready, this is surely a good alternative....
    kisses,
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  2. Love all kind of pickles. In mideast ,we have this pickle with shwarmas.

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  3. Delicious pickle, different version, love to try it...

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  4. Great idea use sesame seeds in this achar,looks delicious and simple to make I love Asian acar as my side dish in noodle or rice :)

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  5. Totally simple and appetizing! I make mine with some added peanuts too.

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  6. This pickle is a staple in our house my friend, your recipe looks delish :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  7. Looks very delicious Nava. That's indeed an easy one!

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  8. Looks tempting. I have only made spicy Indian pickles until now. It's time I tried something new with pickles. Glad to read your post!

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  9. A pickle with healthy ingredients like carrot & cucumber.Sesame seeds gives it a good taste.
    Very interesting & useful clicks.
    shobha
    www.shobhapink.blogspot.in

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  10. The pickle looks fresh, crunchy and colorful. Love the simple seasoning. I love any food item that can be made and eaten immediately than waiting for weeks, I'm kinda lazy in this area!!
    Although never made pickle in my life, I would give this a try owing to the fact that is it so easy to make and can be eaten immediately. Love the roasted sesame seed usage, they add a serene snowy layer to the colorful pickle!

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  11. Looks too tempting with the sesame seeds

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  12. looks good.. very crunchy and with simple seasoning.. tempting

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  13. omg.. Nava this looks super tempting... Just love it's crunchiness

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  15. Very easy colourful pickle.. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  16. hey i told my mum about this recipe, nd i have a question , what other options od i ahve in place of cucumber...??

    can this method be used with mangoes ??

    plese reply back....and would love if you can lemeno on my blog....
    sorry to bother you...

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  17. Nava I love this pickle... The first time I had this was near my office in a vietnamese resturant. I cant tell you that I still have this flavour fresh in some cornver of my tastebuds. I havent tried making this yet but now lookinf at your post I should defenitely give it a try. BTW what brand vinegar have you used here in this recipe?

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  18. tangy, yummy achaar,,love the combo

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  19. clicks are amazing and super crispy salad

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  20. OOO...my kind of recipe :))I love eating shallots in vinegar ..

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  21. Thanks so much all the comments my wonderful friends. I shall move on with the questions;

    Yes, you can also use mango, but taste for flavors and adjust esp on vinegar and sugar.
    I find that local/artificial vinegar very strong. I have said bye to it long time ago, now I use Apple Cider Vinegar, pricey but it gives the natural taste, also you don't have worry if you have added more. The taste will be strong but not as sharp as artificial white vinegar.

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  22. I love this. But lazy to make. Usually buy from Pasar malam. But it depends on luck. sometimes get nice one sometimes not

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  23. The pickle looks so good, i am sure i going to end up eating it like a salad!!

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  24. this is an ideal summer side! the addition of sesame seeds is very appealing, especially since they're roasted!

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  25. wow wonderful nava.. i never tried pickle at home but this looks so simple n tempting that i wud try it out..
    glad to like your FB page...

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  26. I like achar especially when I complement it with my chicken rice as a starter!

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  27. love this pickle with grilled chicken dear :) nice preparation..

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  28. Made it and loved it. Thanks dear.

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  29. Was searching for this recipe for quite a long time.. Bookmarked !! Will let u know how it came out :)

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  30. i love the addition of sesame seeds in the achar ! have never made achar in my life. let me start with these !

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  31. Great use for carrot and cucumber, I normally have them in the fridge and wonder what to do with them!

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  32. looks wonderful Nava ! This is new to me...I'm sure gonna try this out soon :)

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  33. Lovely and yummy pickle.. Loved this combo Nava :-)

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  34. Hi Nava, lovely achar. One of the most addictive appetizer. :)
    Yours look so inviting.... am dreaming of it right now. :))

    Have a nice day.

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  35. Oh I love these pickled vegetables. They go with just everything. Your's looks more delicious with the addition of spices. I am going to make this during the weekend!

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  36. Love pickles in any form... absolutely droolworthy... such a simple one though

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  37. That is awesome Navaneetham... send me a jar full of

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  39. Favorite veggie need to try this.

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