Sunday, June 16, 2013

Cucumber Carrot Achar (Pickle)


Achar or pickle (vegetable achar) is the same. Basically veggies (carrot cucumber salad) sauteed/cooked or soaked in vinegar, pick-ly pickle is like a must for special occasions and absolutely is fabulous with briyani  and mutton curry. Can also be said goes well with many other dishes, I personally love achar because I love anything with a sour note. Truly appetizing, the only thing is that cutting the veggies may take up some time. But the cooking is rather quick, achar can be made in bulk and stored in the fridge. 


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. 
Let it simmer.
Put in cucumber, carrot and chilli stripes.
Stir and close with a lid. 
After 15 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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42 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,
    http://www.beingbeautifulandpretty.com

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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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    Your "share+" link is broken. It flashes off and on very fast and then brings up an empty page. Please fix this. Thank you.

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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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