Friday, September 14, 2012

Achar / Edith's Sambal

I bought a big bag of chillies out of poor memory. I thought I needed 400g of chillies for a recipe but ended it needed only 4 pcs.

I am now getting phobia of throwing food out. So in order not to have food wastage, I churn some achar and sambal.

Well, last week, I had a craving for achar so we went to my favourite Roast Pork/Char Siew stall for our dinner fix. This stall has a special touch, instead of the usual cold cucumber slices, it is replaced with achar and I love their achar.

With my craving, hubby ordered extra serving of achar and guess how much was it? S$1 for a tiny packet, I was shocked! I think it was only one tablespoon full!

Even though I like theirs, I was so adamant to make my own achar after that.

Why did I take such a long time to decide to make my own? Well, I had a big time failure the last time I tried. Very ambitious, I bought tons of vegetables but ended up throwing the whole lot away. The recipe was totally unreliable! Guess it become a phobia.

So this time, I chose one from Sugar and Everything Nice. I was less ambitious this round, even fact, I was so timid that I actually minus out lots of other ingredients listed. Sorry J, no hard feelings.

Guess what, now I regretted not making the full whole recipe! It was just so yummy!

Thanks J for sharing this wonderful recipe! Though lots of work but it is worth it!

As for the sambal, I have asked friends for a good reliable recipe but all told me that they go by estimation and gut feel, thus no recipe for me.

Well so I created my own and I am going to call it Edith's Sambal. hahaha

Am going to share some with PS when we go to her house to check out the gym attire, let’s hope she likes it.
Edith' Sambal

What you need:


300g fresh chillies
40 pcs dried chillies (deseeded and soaked)
6 kaffir leaves (thinnly shred)
6 shallots
6 garlic
1 inch belachan (toasted)


1 tsp of lime zest
1 tsp of salt
1 tbsp of sugar


In a hot wok, add 6 tbsp of oil.

Add in grinded ingredients and slowly fry till it turned to a nice deep tone.

Seasoned with lime zest, salt and sugar.

Continue to cook for about 10 mins.

Cool and store in airtight container.

Add a dash of lime juice before serve.

Penang Achar
Ingredients to be cut:

1.25kg cucumber, half lengthwise, center core removed and cut into 1.5" long strips
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into 1.5" long strips
300g long beans, cut into 1.5" length
500g chinese cabbage, cut into 2.5" square pieces
300g cauliflower, cut into bit size florets
600g roasted peanuts, skin removed, and coarsely grounded
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp salt
450ml white vinegar
180g sugar
500ml cooking oil

Ingredients to be grinded (A):

20 pieces dried chillies soaked to soften
6 red chillies

Ingredients to be grinded (B):

360g shallots, peeled
1 bulb garlic, peeled
1" piece fresh tumeric, peeled
1" piece fresh galangal, peeled
4 candlenuts


Place cucumber and carrot strips in a bowl. Mix weall with 1 Tbsp salt and leave for 30 minutes. Then wash thoroughly with water and drain. Using a piece of muslin cloth, squeeze out as much water as possible from the vegetable strips.

Half fill a large pot with water, add half of the vinegar and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt to the water. Then blanch the vegetables in batches for about 4 minutes. Remove and transfer to a colander, drain well.

Lay the blanced vegetables out in the sun to dry for about 30 minutes. If there is no sun, place them under a fan to dry out for about 90 minutes

Heat a large wok or large frying pan. Add the oil and once hot, fry ground ingredients (A) for 2 minutes. Then add in ground ingredients (B) and fry until fragrant and the oil separates - about 10 minutes. Add remaining vinegar, sugar and 1 tsp of salt. Stir in the peanuts and mix thoroughly.

Last add in the vegetables and stir well. Keep acar overnight in the refrigerator for the flavours to develop. To serve, dish out and add a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.

* Acar can be kept in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.
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  1. I can't taste the pixels but they sure look very good.

  2. What an easy & interesting way making your sambal achar. Thanks sharing the recipe, Edith.

    1. Kristy, this is my second attempt. My first attempt failed miserably. This one is cook method. My mom said she has one that don't use cooking method. Will try hers once I get my achar crave again.

  3. the achar looks so mouthwatering, Edith, I really love to try
    looking at the ingredients for Edith's sambal, it surely is delicious :)

    1. hahah Alice, I hope so coz hubby not home to be my tester.

  4. I love acar too! When my mum makes it I can eat kne whole bowl by itself. I do think that store bought acar is expensive and not as fresh.

  5. Angel, the roast pork stall ones is fresh coz their biz is very very good. But for S$1 for a thiny bit, I am def not willing to pay.

  6. Edith, I love achar, this really looks very good!

  7. Penang achar is one of my addictions. I can just eat it like that in spoonfuls. Your achar looks pretty good and I must try making the Edith sambal :)

  8. Looks really spicy but so appetizing too.

  9. Wow, love the colour of the sambal! Wonderful recipe. Thks for dropping by my blog! I'm following u at GFC & would love to have u follow me too!

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