Friday, May 8, 2009

Nyonya Achar - Pickled Vegetables

An authentic Nyonya (Peranakan) dish called Achar which is a spicy pickled vegetable dish. The vegetables are cooked in grounded aromatic chilly paste and rice vinegar. We still find my grandma's achar recipe is the BEST and so far and I have not found any good similar tasty Achar at the eatery outlets. Achar is one of the many delicacies found in any Nyonya wedding luncheon. I remembered this Achar was one of the many dishes served during my wedding luncheon at my house.... wow, sweet memories of Grandma and many aunts were busy preparing so many dishes at the "extended" kitchen... :)

The cooked vegetables are very crunchy, a little skill is required to maintain the crunch.
Some blanched the vegetables before cooking but I dont. This dish can be taken as an appetizer, a dish with hot rice or go with pieces of bread. My kids loves to eat the achar with bread, so do I and my hubby. The taste of achar is simply great, it has a well-blended mixture of spicy, sweet-sour and savoury flavour.

This dish consist of simple grounded ingredients as shown in the photo below. The grounded paste are saute till aromatic before adding in the cut vegetables and stir fry till the grounded paste are completely absorbed by the vegetables and with a final touch of rice vinegar, sugar, salt and grounded roasted peanuts. Yep...It is Yummy!

Drop me a line if you want to try it out........ I will be happy to share ^ - ^


  1. Could you give us the recipe to make this Nyonya Acar? Thanks, Young Mom.

  2. Can I have your recipe please. Thank you.
    You can email me at

  3. Hi Jean,
    May I have the recipe too.


  4. Hi Jean

    I have been looking for a good achar recipe for ever and have not found anything great. Please could you e-mail the recipe. My e-mail address is

    Many Thanks