Wednesday, 10 May 2006

The Food That I'd Die For # 5

Acar is a Malaysian spicy pickled crunchy salad that is commonly served as condiment or relish to be eaten with a main course. It is sort of a must have item in the food served in Indian & Malay weddings in Malaysia.

Acar is made from different kinds of hard vegetables such long beans, carrots, cucumbers, cauliflowers and cabbage which are pickled in vinegar. The vegetables are then tossed with toasted sesame seeds or ground peanuts.


What do we need:

1 cucumber
3 small carrots
10 shallots or 1 large onion
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

4 shallots
5 dried chilies
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup water

1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

How do we do it:

Remove centre of cucumber and cut crosswise the cucumber and carrots. Then cut lengthwise into about 3cm sticks. Peel the shallots and leave them whole. If using big onion, cut into wedges. Mix with sugar, salt and turmeric. Leave aside for 1 hour.

Snip and soak the dried chillies in some water for a while. Drain off the water and grind together with the shallots.

Heat oil and fry mustard seed until it pops. Add the ground ingredients. Fry until the oil rises. Stir in vinegar and water. Let boil for 3 minutes. Turn the stove off. Add the vegetables and immediately turn off the heat. This is to prevent the vegetables from overcooking. Overcooked vegetables led to a soggy acar. Stir well to mix.

Toss with the sesame seeds before serving.

Serve acar with hot rice and kurma or sambar.


Sarah said...

pushpa.. thank you so much. i made nasi minyak and acar goes very well.. thank you again

Menu Today said...

Hi Pushpa,
Your Acar recipe looks simple and interesting. Soon i will try it.

Vineela said...

great and easy pickle.I love pickles.Going to try this.

LiTtLeWoMaN said...

So what have you planed for mother's day??? What you gonna do for your mom as well as for your self?

Your sister....

Sumitha said...

Hi Pushpa,
Like other pickles,does this pickle have a long shelf life? The picture looks lovely!Definetly one nutritious dish.

Kris said...

mmmm..i will try this out ! thanks :)

Puspha said...

Sarah~ Ur most welcome. Wow nasi minyak & acar super good combo. Any occasion?? Hey have u heard of bokana/asam acar? Itz acar made of pickled fruits/jeruk tat we get from pasar malam. My aunt in KL makes it. Itz a die for. Damn good one!!!

menu today~ Thanx. Let me know how u like it.

Vineela~ This is the pickle tat I love the most. Tell me how u lke it.

Vanitha aka Manju aka Mot~ Got lah something. Wait till Sunday. Amma would definately tell u wat I gave her. For me, have to ask Mahisha lah. Dunno wat has tat little vayadi planned for me. hehehe

Sumitha~ Thanx a lot. Unfortunately this pickle has no long shelf life. It keeps well for a few days in the fridge. Say like a week.

Kris~ Welcome to my blog. Let me know how u like it.

Tanuja said...

Hi pushpa,

Nice easy pickle sounds great ,I have to try this.

Cooking Theory said...

Hey Puspha,

I never had Malaysian food before. Will try this Acar.

And thanks for visiting my blog.

Cyberspace Cook

Saffron said...

wow! I've never come across this dish. Sounds spicy and yummy...will give it a try!!


Priya Bhaskaran said...

pushpa, this pickle is new to me. The cooking process looks interesting, this is something I can try:). I have bookmarked it:)

Ashwini said...

That sure sounds delicious

Lera said...

Wow, it's mouthwatering ! I will try this one for sure .

Puspha said...

Tanuja~ Thanx. Do let me know how it turned out.

Cyberspace Cook~ Welcome to my blog. Try it out & u'll love it.

Saffron~ Now tat u know bout it, faster try it out.

Priya~ This is a very famous pickle in M'sia & itz so very simple to prepare. Do let me know how it turned out.

Ashwini~ Thanx a lot.

Lera~ Thank u. Let me know how u like it.

Sarah said...

Asam you mae me cry!!!! god I want to go back home..

RP said...

That is very very new to me. Sounds delicious.

fooDcrazEE said...

i ahd some wonderful brinjal or eggplant with dried shrimp and some chilli paste. I think its called Brinjal Pajeri or something you have the recipe, Pushpa ?

sailaja said...

I am going to try this..Nice recipe.

indosungod said...

this is similar a middle eastern dish called tourshi I used to love that, this looks even more tasty

Anonymous said...

hi pushpa, what happened to your week end baking session? eagerly waiting for your next baking post:)
paati of 'en veetu samayal':)))

Sumitha said...

Hi Pushpa,
A Happy Mothers Day to you !

Puspha said...

Sarah~ I oso wanna go back home & dive into all the food there.

rp~ Thanx. Do give it a try. U'll fell in love with it.

Mike~ Ahhh I know tat dish but I've never cooked it. I'll get the recipe from my mom.

Sailaja~ Thanx. Do let me know how u like it.

indosungod~ Welcome to my blog. Thanx a lot for the compliments.

Paati~ Gosh!! Thank u very much 4 the support. I had guests at home. So, could not get hold of the computer. Excuse moi.

Sumi~ Thank u & same to u too.

Manisha said...

Pushpa, how do you pronounce acar?

I am addicted to Carrot Pickle (the Laxmi brand variety).

If I drop the onions, will it last longer you think? I have 5lbs of organic carrots sitting in my crisper and I don't want to make gajjar halwa.

Puspha said...

Manisha~ Itz pronounced 'a' as in 'ask' and 'char' as in 'charcoal'.
Yes u can omit the onions. Itz just an extra ingredient. But to make the paste, u would need the onions to be ground with chillies. Let me know how it turned out.
Btw, howz ur pregnancy going on?

Anonymous said...

Hi Pushpa

I miss my malaysian food and was looking ard the net for recipes. Stumbled upon yr blog site. SO happy to see many recipes. Just wanted to know do I mix all the shallots and cucumber/ carrots with the turmeric or just the onion ? Appreciate ur feedback and keep the good recipes coming.



Puspha said...

Harmeet: Thank u very much & welcome to my blog. Very glad to meet a fellow m`sian.
There r 2 portions of shallots or onions. (whichever u wanna use). 1 portion is to b marinated together with the carrot & timun. The other portion is to b ground together with the dried chillies as the sambal paste.
Hope I didn`t confuse u more. If u happen to have doubts again, feel free to ask me. I`d b pleased to answer u.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Hi Pushpa,

I tried your acar, it was pretty good. Thanks for sharing your recipe! :)

Sweetrosie said...

Wonderful - thank you, I love acar

Puspha said...

Ching- Thanx a lot for trying it out.

sweetrosie- Thanx.

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