Vegetable Achar

There are tons of different types of achar in Mauritius.  Just go into any of the large supermarkets and you will see jars of mango achar, star fruit achar, bilibi achar and many more.

This recipe comes from a little book I bought when I first moved here called 100 Easy Recipes – Mauritian Cuisine by France Lennon and published by Editions de l’Ocean Indien.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb cabbage
  • 1/2 lb carrots
  • 1/2 lb green beans
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 small onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 big chillies
  • 2 tsp mustard grain
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 3 tbsp vinegar
  1. Shred the cabbage.
  2. Peel the carrots and cut them into small sticks.
  3. Remove the string and end off of the green beans and cut them lengthwise.
  4. Put them all in a large non-reactive container.
  5. sprinkle them with salt.
  6. Mix all and spread them on a cloth under a scorching sun, stirring from time to time.
  7. Leave about three hours in the sun.
  8. Cut the onion in thick wedges, crush the cloves of garlic, cut the chillies lengthwise, crush the mustard coarsely.
  9. Heat the oil in a pan.
  10. Add the turmeric, the onions, the chillies and the garlic.  Stir until the fragrance starts to release.
  11. Turn off the heat.
  12. Add the vegetables to the pan without washing.
  13. Add mustard, vinegar and mix well.  Correct seasoning.
  14. Allow to cool and then put in a glass jar.
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2 Responses to Vegetable Achar

  1. Rob Kauffmann says:

    Here’s the modified version of recipes that I prefer for two reasons:
    1. Theres noscorching sun in the UK
    2. Its got a much more pickle type flavour which I personally prefer.
    Just thought I.d share it with you. My sister married a guy whose Mum was from Mauritius and my version tastes more like her’s. I still have not quite got her’s down pat but its close.She died in the 60’s and the recipe was lost Thanks for giving me the basics that helped me to find an old friend from the past. Here it is:
    Achar
    Ingredients:
     1/2 lb cabbage
     1/2 lb carrots
     1/2 lb green beans
     21/2 tsp salt
     6 small onions
     2cm Ginger root
     6 garlic cloves
     4 big chillies
     2 tsp mustard grain
     11/2 cup oil
     2 tbsp turmeric powder
     9 tbsp vinegar

    1. Shred the cabbage.
    2. Peel the carrots and cut them into small sticks.
    3. Remove the string and end off of the green beans and cut them lengthwise.
    4. Put them all in a large non-reactive container.
    5. sprinkle them with salt.
    6. Cut the onion in thick wedges, crush the cloves of garlic and ginger root, cut the chillies lengthwise, crush the mustard coarsely.
    7. Heat the oil in a pan.
    8. Add the turmeric, the onions, the chillies and the garlic and ginger. Stir until the fragrance starts to release.
    9. Turn off the heat.
    10. Add the vegetables to the pan without washing.
    11. Add mustard, vinegar and mix well. Correct seasoning.
    12. Allow to cool and then put in a glass jar.

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