How to Make Lime Pickles - (Achar Limau or Achar Buah)
I just learned how to make lime pickles. I simply love it. Who has tasted it would have loved it too. I have been trying to learn how to make lime pickles and finally I figured out the perfect recipe to make this delicious pickles.
I went to a wedding recently. The set up was in a typical Malay village, next to a rice field in Kedah. The food presented to the guests was simple but... the taste! Each dish, including the rice, even though was not as luxurious like at other wedding receptions that I had been to, was truly exquisite.
The winner had to be the lime pickles (achar) which was laid out in the buffet together with beef curry, spicy chicken and also cucumber and pineapple salad. So, let's go behind the scene and steal a look at how to make lime pickles.
Unashamedly, I went to the kitchen to look at the way they were prepared. The ladies were busy cutting up more vegetables for the salad. The lime pickles was already prepared a day before to allow all the flavors to diffuse.
So, I asked some of the ladies: how did they made the achar? They did not give me full instructions but I had some ideas on what to do. Upon coming home, I tried to "reverse engineer" the secret recipe myself.
Normally, being dry, lime pickles (achar limau or achar buah) hardly has any sauce, but this one has runny liquid gravy which is truly lips-smacking. I think the main character that gives this achar a special twist is the addition of dried prunes.
After making this lime pickles (achar), pour the hot mix into a sterilized jar. It can keep up to a month. Longer if stored in the refrigerator.
This pickles is also popular during the sahur in Ramadhan, because after a few weeks of fasting, most of the people who fast begin to lose their appetite for the sahur. The sweet, sour and spicy taste will bring back the urge to eat.
There are many ingredients involved and the process of how to make lime pickles is also tedious. However, since this is truly a mouth watering appetizer, who is complaining?
Here are the ingredients:
Preserved ready-made fruits:
Spices to be roasted:
The lime pickles will keep without refrigeration. However, it is better if kept in the fridge for longer shelf life. Now that you have learned how to make lime pickles, what are you waiting for? Try it yourself!
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