Vegetables Achar @ Pickled

These few days the weather is extremely hot over here. I'm trying to look for something cool and nice to get my appetites whetted. All a certain, thought of making this vegetables achar or pickled. This is such a perfect side dish to go with any meals and it's also one of our famous local nyonya food. The aroma, the sourness, the sweetness, the spicyness and the texture sure give your taste bud a good kick!

Ingredients :
1 small size cabbage
2 carrots
2 cucumbers
200gm long beans
4 red chillies
1 canned pineapple
1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds
1/2 cup roasted ground peanut
3 tspn chili powder (add a few more spoons if prefer spicy)
1 tbsp turmeric powder

Blended Ingredients :

4 shallots
1" knob ginger
6 cloves garlic
2 stalks lemon grass, only take 2" of bottom part
2 candlenuts, smashed
1 tbsp belachan/shrimp paste

Seasoning :
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup lime juice/lemon juice

Method :

- washed and cut all vegetables in small sizes.
- marinade cucumber with 2tspn salt and set aside.

- preheat a pot with 4 cups water, 1 tspn salt and 1 cup vinegar.
- slightly boil all the vegetables for one minute except cucumber & pineapples.
- do not over cook them, making sure they're still nice & crunchy.
- then leave aside for cooling and drain.

- preheat frying pan with 2 tbsp cooking oil.
- stir in the blended spices and saute untill fragrant, then add in turmeric powder.
- rinse cucumber with clean water and drain.
- then place all vegetables and chili powder into a big bowl.

- add in the seasoning and the fried mixed spices.
- stir untill well combined and leave to chill over night.
The best is to separate them into smaller containers for storage. This can be kept in the fridge for a very long period. So, ENJOY!!!


  1. That sounds really, really good.

  2. hi,kristy!very interesting recipe ,I saw for the first time this combination for pickels.have a good day!

  3. I love this Penang-style achar..truly delicious! Hope you had a wonderful time back at yr hometown. I love CNY, going back to hometown and all the family get-togethers (not forgetting the gambling session... :)! Haha.

  4. Pickles are always welcome. They are refreshing addition to any meal.

  5. i love achah... esp the picked cucumbers...

  6. Kristy, the salad looks super flavourful and appetizing!

  7. I agree that acar can be so refreshing. I usually try to make a big container of it and eat it when I feel peckish.

  8. When everything is coming your way, you are in the wrong lane.............................................

  9. oh I have just made 2 jars of this too :)

  10. I love this dish too..I always buy a tub from the market to eat whenever I have a yearning for it.

  11. looks great stay cool Kristy lol Rebecca

  12. Hi, I have always love Nyonya style achar. I sure miss it.
    Wow! I am impressed with your culinary skills...outstanding!
    You have fun, stay young and keep a song in your heart, Lee.

  13. Yum, that sounds awesome. I can see how refreshing it would be in the heat, but I will go ahead and it eat it now, since I don't think I could wait until summer ; )

  14. Hi Kristy! :)

    we call this achara in the PHilippines but our version is simply made wiht young papaya fruit.. I'll pass this recipe to my mom, she loves achara :) Thanks for sharing!

  15. Welcome back Kristy, hope you had a good time with family! I love it when you share such local dishes. This one looks like a special tasty side dish. I wish I was there sharing it with you!

  16. wow this looks so good, for sure it has to taste fantastic..great pictures

  17. This sounds like a good one. Glad you are back, I missed you.
    *kisses* HH

  18. Yummy!!
    I love this acar sayur!

  19. Kristy, I don't mind having these as an appetiser, lovely, after having so much meat during this period.

  20. Hi,
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Yeah, my mom is still there in Kampar. I do go back quite often.
    We could be school mates if u're from ACS. I'm class '95.

    Remember the achar from morning market, sold by the man on bicycle??? I love that achar..fabulous!!!!

  21. This dish looks like it could really wake-up the senses. Lovely.

  22. Ginger, lemongrass, Mmmm, it must taste awesome.

  23. That looks so good. I would love to have that, right now.

  24. Yum. I have never tried this kind of pickle before, but it looks delicious. Canned pineapple must taste good with this pickle:)

  25. Please stop by my blog and pick something up.

    Such good food here.....

  26. I am very familiar with achar and love it a lot.This recipe is another addition to my top list.Delicious!

  27. Hmmmm achaar! But I've never seen one with pineapple in it!

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