ETHAPAZHAM ACHAR

(DATE PICKLE)

This spicy sweet & sour pickle is a Malabar speciality…… Generally served with Malabar Biriyani/Ghee rice.

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INGREDIENTS :  20-25 Dates, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 3-4 red chillies , 1-2 green chillies, 1″ ginger, 4-6 cloves garlic, 1 tsp mustard seeds, a pinch of asafoetida, 1/3 cup vinegar, 1 tbsp tamarind pulp, 2 tbsp oil, 1/2 cup Jaggery(optional), salt to taste.

DIRECTIONS : Chop washed & deseeded dates into small pieces……. Grind red chillies with vinegar & mix thoroughly with jaggery……. Finely chop ginger, garlic, green chillies…… Heat oil in a pan……. Add crushed mustard seeds & asafoetida……. Sauté…….. Add chopped ginger, garlic & green chillies……. Sauté…… Add turmeric powder…… Sauté for some time on low flame….. Now add date chunks, vinegar-jaggery mixture, tamarind pulp & salt to the pan…….Stir thoroughly & cook for few minutes……. Remove from flame….. Cool & transfer to an air tight container…… Keep refrigerated……. Usually served with Biriyani.

NOTE : Usually oil used is gingelly (sesame) oil…… One can increase tamarind pulp a little more to increase tartness…… Chillies can be adjusted according to taste….. Sugar can replace jaggery……. Those who don’t like sweetness in pickle can ignore jaggery/sugar.