Nepali Style Mixed Vegetable Achar

In our Nepali cuisine , “Achars” are an essential side dish. However, unlike the traditional preserved pickles, our “Achars”  also include ready to eat dishes and are made of a variety of vegetables like potatoes, bitter gourd, cucumbers, banana flowers, Mountain Ebony flowers ( Koiralo ko Phool ),tomatoes, radish and fiddle head ferns (Neuro). Previously, I have shared how to make Nepali style Alu ko Achar ( Potato achar) and Karela ko Achar (Bitter gourd achar). This recipe is for Mixed Vegetable achar and I love to serve it with a Nepali Meal and also with Sel Roti. Enjoy :) ~ Kamakshi

Prep Time : 20 mins                                                                          Cook Time : 15 mins
Serves : 4-6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 Kg Potatoes, boiled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 Medium Carrot, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 Medium Cucumber, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup Soft green Peas ( Optional )
  • 7-8 Green Chilles, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Green Coriander/Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp Ginger juice
  • 1 tbsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • 1 tsp Black Salt
  • 1 tsp Cumin (Zeera) Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Timmur (Schewan ) Pepper
  • 4 -5  tbsp White Sesame (Seto Til)  seeds, lightly roasted and made into a paste with 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup Lemon juice OR 1 tbsp Lemon Concentrate ( Chuk Amilo ) OR 2-3 tbsp Tamarind Paste OR 2 tbsp Lapsi Powder diluted in 2 tbsp water
  • Salt as per taste

For the Tempering

  • 2-3 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek ( Methi) seeds
  • 3-4 Green Chillies, slit in the center
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric (Haldi)

METHOD

  • In a mixing bowl, add the ingredients (except the ones of the tempering) and mix well.
  • Heat the mustard oil in a pan and add the fenugreek (methi) seeds and slit green chillies and heat for about a minute till the seeds turn dark brown. Remove from heat, add the turmeric powder, mix and pour it over the  vegetables.
  • Mix  all the ingredient once again so that the spices are nicely coated over the vegetables. Adjust the seasonings according to your taste. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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Karela ko Achar  ~ Spicy Bitter gourd

Bitter gourd has a lot of medicinal properties and we, Nepali,  love to have this vegetable in many different ways. One of the favorite Karela dish in our family , is Kerala ko Achar which is basically a type of salad which is made with sesame seeds with a twist of lemon and chilli . Enjoy  ! ~ Kamakshi

Prep Time : 15 mins                                  Cook Time : 15 mins
Serves : 4

INGREDIENTS :

  • 5 Medium Bitter gourd ( Karela)
  • 5 Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Fenugeek seeds ( Methi)
  • 4 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 5 tbsp Sesame seed powder ( sesame seed is dry roasted and ground to make a powder)
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 2 Lime
  • Salt to taste

METHOD :

  1. Slice the bitter gourd into long thin pieces.  Slice the green chillies length wise.
  2. Heat the mustard oil in a pan and add the fenugeek seeds. When the seeds start to splutter , add the green chillies. Saute for a minute and add the sliced bitter gourd and stir fry till the bitter gourd become tender.,
  3. Transfer the cooked bitter gourd into a mixing bowl. Add the red chilli powder, salt, sesame seed powder and lime juice and mix well. Adjust the chillies and lemon according to your taste.
  4. Serve as a salad/side dish.
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