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Anne
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^------ ACHAR / PICKLE ------^
ACHAR / PICKLE:


Achar form an integral part of an Pakistani meal. Seasonal vegetables and fruits are cleaned and finely chopped;
they are then mixed with a special blend of ground spices and marinated in oil.
The choice of spices gives the Pakistani achar its unique flavor. Most achar are made in the summer and allowed
to mature in the hot sun for at least three weeks before use. Achar are generally stored in porcelain or glass jars
with air-tight lids.
Pakistani achar/pickle are quite different from the European variety in that the pickling is done in oil rather than
using vinegar.


Pakistani Achar/Pickles come in a wide variety of flavors:

-Mix Achar
-Mango Achar
-Lemon Achar
-Carrot Achar
-Chili Achar






1.MIX ACHAR/PICKLE:

INGREDIENTS:

- 2 kg. raw mangoes
- 1\4 kg lemons
- 1\4 kg green chilies
- 1 kg. mixed vegetables such as carrots, peas, turnips and cauliflower
- 2 1\2 to 3 liters mustard oil
- 1\4 cup. salt
- 2 cups aniseed (saunf)
- 2 tbsp. turmeric
- 2 cup nigella seeds (kalonji)
- 2 cup fenugreek seeds (methre)
- 1\2 cup red chili powder or (according to the taste.)


DIRECTIONS:

1. Wash and pat dry all the vegetables. Cut the mangoes into half, remove seed and then cut into 11\2 inch sized pieces.
Cut the lemons into half and slit the chilies carefully into half, leaving them still held together at the stalk. Peel the carrots
and cut them into 2 inches long sticks. Peel and slice the turnip. Break the cauliflower into medium sized floret. Remove
the peppery covering of the garlic and leave them whole.
2. Divide the salt into two parts. Place mangoes, lemons, garlic and chilies in a large bowl, sprinkle one part of the salt,
mix well , cover and leave to marinate over night.
3.Next day gently squeeze out all the water released by the vegetables, taking care not to squeeze the juice from the
lemons.
5. Place the carrots, peas, turnip and cauliflower in bowl, pour vinegar over it and mix well. Keep aside for 2-3 hours.
6. Strain the liquid from the vegetables and bring to a boil, put the vegetables and cook just for 2 minutes. Remove the
vegetables with a slotted spoon and put them in a tray to cool completely.
7. Heat mustard oil to smoking point, remove from heat and leave it to cool. Mix all the spice ingredients and remaining
salt with enough oil just to bind the spices.
8. Stuff the green chilies with the spice mixture. Rub gently the rest of the mixture over the mangoes, lemons and other
vegetables.
9. Place the mango mixture in an earthenware jar, Mix thoroughly with hands.
10. Pour in the remaining oil. The oil should cover the vegetables by about 2.5 cm (1 inch).
11. Cover the jar with a muslin cloth and keep it in an airing place.
12. Stir the contents of the jar for the first two weeks at least once a day. Do this to ensure that all pieces are completely
dipped in the oil.







2.MANGO ACHAR/PICKLE:

INGREDIENTS:

- Raw mangoes 500 gms.
- Fenugreek seeds 3 tbsp.
- Fennel seeds 4 tbsp.
- Red chili powder 2 tbsp.
- Turmeric powder 2 tsp.
- Mustard seeds 3 tbsp.
- Mustard oil 350 mls.
- Salt As per taste


DIRECTIONS:

1. Cut raw mangoes into half, remove seed and then cut ūth inch sized pieces.
2. Apply turmeric powder and salt, rub nicely and then keep it for half an hour. Drain out excess moisture.
3. Grind fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds and mustard seeds to a coarse powder.
4. Heat mustard oil until smoking point, remove and let it cool.
5. Mix fenugreek seeds, fennel and mustard powder with red chili powder. Add half of the mustard oil to this mixture and
rub this spice and oil mixture to the mango pieces. Mix thoroughly.
6. Put this into an earthenware jar and pour the remaining mustard oil. Cover the jar with a muslin cloth and keep it in the
sun for 5-6 days.
7. Make sure you stir the contents of the jar for the first two weeks at least once a day. This is to ensure that the mango
pieces are always in contact with the oil.






3.LEMON ACHAR/PICKLE:

INGREDIENTS:

- 1 1\2 kg lemons
- 250 g green chilies
- 2 liters. Mustard oil
- 1\2 cup. salt
- 1cup aniseed (saunf)
- 1\4.cup turmeric
- 1 cup nigella seeds (kalonji)
- 1 cup fenugreek seeds (methre)
- 1\2 cup Red chili powder or (according to the taste).


DIRECTIONS:

1. Wash the lemons and pat dry. Cut the lemons into half.
2. Divide the salt into three parts. Place the lemons in a bowl, sprinkle one part of the salt, mix well , cover and leave
to marinate over night. Next day drain out all the water released by lemons. Cover them and leave to marinate for
one more day.
3. Wash the green chilies and dry them properly. Slit the chilies carefully into half, leaving them still held together at
the stalk. Place the green chilies in a separate bowl, sprinkle 2nd part of the salt, mix well, cover and leave to marinate
for one day along with the lemons.
4. Next day gently squeeze out all the water released by the lemons and green chilies, taking care not to squeeze the
juice from the lemons.
5. Heat mustard oil to smoking point, remove from heat and leave it to cool. Mix all the ingredients including the 3rd
part of the salt, with enough oil just to bind the spices.
6. Stuff the green chilies with half of the spice mixture. Rub the rest of the mixture over lemon pieces to coat them liberally.
7. Place the lemons and chilies in an earthenware jar, Mix thoroughly with hands. Pour in the remaining oil. The oil should
cover the lemons and green chilies by about 2.5 cm (1 inch).
8. Cover the jar with a muslin cloth and keep it in an airing place.
9. Stir the contents of the jar for the first two weeks at least once a day. Do this to ensure that all pieces are completely
dipped in the oil.







4.CARROT ACHAR/PICKLE:

INGREDIENTS:

- 3 cups water
- 230gms carrots (scraped and cut into 2"long sticks)
- 11/2 tbsp mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/8 th tsp each ground mace, cloves and cardamom
- 2tsp salt
- 1/4 th cup shredded jaggery (gur)
- 1/3rd cup mustard oil


DIRECTIONS:

1. Boil the water in 2-litre saucepan. Add carrots and blanch for a minute.
2. Drain the water and then spread carrots on a clean cloth and sundry (or spread them on a towel lined cookie tray
and air dry in an oven (200-degree Fahrenheit) for an hour).
3. In a bowl mix the mace, cloves, cardamom, salt and jaggery.
4. Add the carrots and toss to mix. Transfer to a sterilized glass jar.
5. Pour the mustard oil into a small saucepan and place it over a moderate heat. As soon as oil begins to smoke remove
it from the heat and cool it for 4 minutes, then pour it into the jar and cover it with a clean cloth.
6. Set the jar in sunlight for 13-14 days, bringing it indoor everynight. Shake the jar two or three times daily.






5.CHILI ACHAR/PICKLE:

INGREDIENTS:

- Green chili 400 gms.
- Mustard seeds 4 tbsp.
- Turmeric powder 2 tsp.
- Lime 12 no.
- Oil 400 mls.
- Salt As per taste


DIRECTIONS:

1. Grind mustard seeds to a coarse powder. Cut limes into eight pieces. Slit green chilies and cut them into half inch
long pieces.
2. Mix powdered mustard seeds, turmeric powder and salt with green chili and lime pieces.
3. Transfer this to a sterilized glass bottle or an earthenware jar. Pour oil on top and shake the bottle well. Cover
with a muslin cloth and keep it in an airing place.
4. Stir the contents of the jar for for few days, at least once a day.

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All dishes seems to be very tasty, I think I should try these.
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Ayesha wrote:
All dishes seems to be very tasty, I think I should try these.


haan haan, agar koyi achi cheez bani to plz chakne zaroor dejiyega warna to Anne se, Shocked

touba touba Embarassed

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