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Sri Lankan Malay pickle(achcharu).

Sri Lankan Malay pickle is also known as Malay achcharu.

A Srilankan specialty, a meal is not complete without a spoonful of this tasty sweet and spicy pickle.

The Malay achcharu finds its way on many rice and curry menu and adds that much-needed sweet, spicy and sourness in one pickle.

It’s one of the many Sri Lankan foods that are unique to the country.

And as the name refers to, a real authentic Sri Lankan recipe from the Malays of this country.

Sri Lankan malay date and onion achchaaru.

What is a Malay pickle?

It’s a shallot pickle sweetened with dates and made spicy with green chillies.

It is a pickle also known as achcharu in Sinhalese where you soak the shallots, dates and green chillies soaked(24 hours) in vinegar, mustard, ginger, sugar vinaigrette which has been cooked and cooled

Menu ideas for the Malay achchaaru.

You can serve this tasty date and onion achaar with the following menus.

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Utensils and appliances needed.

Large non-corrosive cooking pan to hold and make the Malay pickle.

Wooden spoon.

Dry glass jar or container to store the pickle.

Tips on making the best Malay pickle.

  • When choosing shallots, choose ones that are big, smaller ones are really difficult to clean and mean more time-consuming.
  • You’ll be spending some time with your hands soaked in water, removing onion skin. This leads to pruney or wrinkled fingers.
    If you are worried about this then please do wear disposable gloves.
  • I am using green chillies, you’ll find sliced capsicums or large green peppers are most commonly used.
  • A tip I learned from my mother-in-law is to add the capsicums only to a bowl of Malay achcharu(scooped from the bottle), as the capsicums let out water after a few hours.
  • DO NOT ADD THE SHALLOTS, DATES, GREEN CHILLIES WHILE THE SWEET MUSTARD VINAIGRETTE IS HOT. it should be cool.
  • The vinaigrette is sour, slightly bitter at the beginning but after 24 hours the pickle will come to its real authentic taste.
  • You can adjust the sweetness with sugar and the level of spiciness with the red chilli powder.
  • Avoid adding more vinegar but dilute and thin the pickle sauce with a tablespoons of water

More pickle recipe

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Sri Lankan wambatu moju(eggplant/brinjal pickle).

Storing- once you’ve made the Malay pickle store in a large glass container and refrigerate.

You can store the sweet date and onion pickle for almost a month if it lasts that long. Make sure to always use a dry spoon.

Freezing- Malay pickle can be refrigerated. no freezing required.

How to make Malay achaaru.

500g of Shallots, cleaned

350g of dates(about 1 and 1/2 cup of Dates)

100g green chillies

1 tablespoon finely ground Mustard seeds

1 and 1/2 tablespoon of chilli powder

2 tablespoons of minced Ginger

4 tablespoons of Sugar

1 and 1/4 cup natural Coconut vinegar

Salt to taste.

Method

Soak the shallots in water for 15 minutes and then remove the skin. 

soaking the shallots to remove the skin easily.

Wash the skinned shallots(500g) and green chillies(100g).

Remove the seeds from the dates(1 and 1/2 cup).

These will be the three main ingredients to make the Malay pickle/chutney.

dates, green chillies, onions to make the Sri Lankan malay pickle.

In to a  cooking pan(you will be adding the shallots, chillies and dates so it’s essential that the pan is large enough to hold all these ingredients).

Add ground Mustard(1 tbs), Sugar(4 tbs), Chilli Powder(1 and 1/2) and minced ginger(2 tbs).

If you are unable to find ground mustard, make your own by grinding or pounding some mustard seeds.

ingredients to make the malay pickle sauce.

Pour in the vinegar(1 and 1/4 cup) and let it simmer for 5-8 minutes or until the sugar dissolves over low fire.

Season with salt(a pinch would do).

Remove from fire and set aside to cool for 1 hour.

mustart and ginger sauce made for the malay pickle.

Once the pickling sauce is cool, add the shallots, dates and green chillies.

Do not worry about the dates being hard at this point.

Combine all the main ingredients with the sweet and spicy pickling sauce.

adding the onions,dates, and green chillies to the malay achchaaru.

Cover and set the Malay pickle aside.

Combine all ingredients with a wooden spoon every two hours throughout the day.

sweet and spicy malay pickle picture.

Avoid refrigerating for 24 hours, leave it a cool place in your kitchen pantry.

This will help the Malay pickle to achieve its perfect consistency.

This will happen as the dates dissolve and shallots and green chillies soak in the pickling flavors.

For best results. do not consume for at least 24 hours but let it rest for this time period. 

Sri Lankan malay achchaaru.

Store the onions and date pickle in a dry airtight container, refrigerate and use as needed.

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Sri lankan Malay pickle.

Sri lankan Malay pickle.

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 1 hour
Sri Lankan Malay pickle.

A Srilankan specialty, a meal is not complete without a spoonful of this tasty sweet and spicy pickle made with chillies, Dates, Shallots pickled in a mustard vinaigrette.

Ingredients

  • 500g of Shallots, cleaned
  • 350g of dates(about 1 and 1/2 cup of Dates)
  • 100g green chillies
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground Mustard seeds
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon of chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoons of minced Ginger
  • 4 tablespoons of Sugar
  • 1 and 1/4 cup natural Coconut vinegar
  • Salt to taste.

Instructions

Soak the shallots in water for 15 minutes and then remove the skin.

Wash the skinned shallots(500g) and green chillies(100g).

Remove the seeds from the dates(1 and 1/2 cup).

These will be the three main ingredients to make the Malay pickle/chutney.

In to a  cooking pan(you will be adding the shallots, chillies and dates so it’s essential that the pan is large enough to hold all these ingredients).

Add ground Mustard(1 tbs), Sugar(4 tbs), Chilli Powder(1 and 1/2) and minced ginger(2 tbs).

If you are unable to find ground mustard, make your own by grinding or pounding some mustard seeds.

Pour in the vinegar(1 and 1/4 cup) and let it simmer for 5-8 minutes or until the sugar dissolves over low fire.

Season with salt(a pinch would do).

Remove from fire and set aside to cool for 1 hour.

Once the pickling sauce is cool, add the shallots, dates and green chillies.

Do not worry about the dates being hard at this point.

Combine all the main ingredients with the sweet and spicy pickling sauce.

Cover and set the Malay pickle aside.

Combine all ingredients with a wooden spoon every two hours throughout the day.

Avoid refrigerating for 24 hours, leave it a cool place in your kitchen pantry.

This will help the Malay pickle to achieve its perfect consistency.

This will happen as the dates dissolve and shallots and green chillies soak in the pickling flavors.

For best results. do not consume for at least 24 hours but let it rest for this time period. 

Store the onions and date pickle in a dry airtight container, refrigerate and use as needed.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 424Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 103gFiber: 12gSugar: 80gProtein: 6g

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Sunethra Ranasinghe

Monday 11th of October 2021

Thanks for taking so much trouble to write such a detailed recipe. The best tip is soaking shallots before cleaning. I didn't shed a tear. What a miracle. I'm going to pass it on to my daughters and friends.

jehan

Monday 11th of October 2021

Hi Sunethra, Thank you for writing to me and you are most welcome. yes, this is what my grandmother did when she had to clean shallots. Hope you enjoy the recipes on the recipe blog. regards J

Kamal Puthumana

Saturday 12th of June 2021

The beat delicious ever!

jehan

Monday 14th of June 2021

Thank you regards J

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