Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nyonya Style Fish Achar

Fish you know is our story. Fish the joy to the half-half and do I have a choice? Well, I do but fish? Okay, I don't mind. Supposedly healthier compared to meat though since of late we've been told to pick and choose the type of fish. Well, the pollution of the sea and what not. Never mine because mostly I buy the local catch - cheaper of course but with fish, fresh is the word. Otherwise the dish is a waste because no matter how you cook, the smell will still be there. So choose careful which I almost get it right as well. Now, bored with fish curries (Kerala Style Sardine Curry) or the Salted Egg Yolk Style,  it's the fish achar recipe - crispy fried dish soaked in a vinaigrette gravy.

10 sardine fish (or other firm fish) - de-gut and keep the head intact.
1 inch fresh turmeric/kunyit - smashed
10 shallots - remove skin
1 inch ginger - cut into stripes
6-7 birds/red chillies (slice the red chillies. For birds eye - just intact)
1/2 cup vinegar
6-8 tbsp sugar
Coriander leaves (optional)
Salt to taste
Oil - as needed
Rub fish with salt.
Deep fry and remove.
Leave about 3 tbsp of oil in the same pan.
Fry turmeric and remove (we will not need it)
Fry shallots, ginger and chillies, 2-3 mins.
Remove and keep aside.
Pour vinegar, add sugar and salt.
Let it simmer to thicken.
Add fish with fried shallots, ginger and chillies.
Stir all in.
Off the heat and combine coriander leaves.
Leave achar in the pan for at least an hour before serving.
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  1. i just love those red chilies in your dishes, it gives extra kick and nice color contrast too. can't find that here. love the whole platter.

  2. Very new to me....and its tempting

  3. Havenot tried this... Looks excellent...

  4. Your fish achar is simple to make but I know it packs a lot of punch. This will go so well with rice wine. *Drool* And I'm glad that despite your busy schedule food, photography and recipes have not taken a back seat.

  5. OMG!!! thats mouth watering.

  6. This dish looks so vibrant and delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. I never know that there is a fish achar too
    Happy Sunday

  8. this is making me drool...very tempting

  9. Oh, are those sardines? I thought they were ikan kuning! I've not tried cooking with sardines. Love to try!

  10. delicious it looks darling :)

  11. So far I know only Fish fry and Curry ! Fish Achar is quite new and Inviting too.

  12. achar looks delicious,seems this is something worth to try.Not only yours,it is same here.My computer is full of food pics and travel pics.Not sure when I can finish writing all :)

  13. I guess life today is all about strategies and networking. One has to work extra hard to stand out in the competition that exists around (something which I have been quite poor at due to lack of time). But you amaze me how you manage it despite a job.
    As always the dish looks fantastic, delicious and totally inviting.


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