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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