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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dates Pickle | Eenthappazham Achar (Malabar Style)

Dates pickle / Eenthapazham achar is a speciality of Malabar and it best pairs with Thalassery biriyani.Thalassery biriyani is served with dates pickle unlike the raitha in other biriyani.This pickle has a sweet,tangy & spicy taste.Usually this pickle is blended in a smooth paste form but somehow to me it tastes similar to the Sweet tamarind chutney used in chats and so I avoided that.I have just added & cooked the dates in the pieces form.We love it this way and like it with biriyani.Do try this out if you love the sweet taste of dates in pickles !!!



Ingredients
dates 250 gms(pitted)~35 dates
ginger shredded 1 tbsp
garlic cloves 1 tbsp'
green chillies 2-3 chopped
mustard seeds 1/4 cup
cumin seeds 1/4 tsp
chilly powder 2 tsp
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
asafoetida powder 1/2 tsp
salt 1 tsp
sugar 1/4 cup
gingelly oil 2-3 tbsp
vinegar 1/3 cup
water 1/4 cup
curry leaves few



Method
-Chop the dates in small pieces.
-Make a paste with chilly powder ,mustard seeds,cumin seeds & water in the blender.The mustard seeds & cumin seeds can just split up.
-Heat oil in a pan and when the oil is hot ,add the ginger shredded,garlic chopped, green chillies & curry leaves.Add the turmeric powder and asafoetida powder
-Add the chilly paste and vinegar.Bring to a boil.Add the chopped dates and cook for 5-7 minutes till the vinegar is absorbed and dates are softened and cooked.There will be some soft dates pieces left behind to add a nice chewy texture.
-Add the sugar & salt.Put off flame.


Servings ~ a small bowl

NOTES
* Adding sugar adds to the sweeteness,omit if u don't like it very sweet.
* Usually this pickle is made by  blending the dates but we prefer having some chunks in between,so haven't blended it.You can blend if u wish.
* Mustard seeds and cumin seeds need to be just crushed and not powdered.



47 comments:

Malli Das said... Best Blogger Tips

Mouthwatering Date pickle!!

Veena Theagarajan said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely combination of tastes.. will try out soon
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Jehanne said... Best Blogger Tips

wow, this looks really nice Julie. Surprisingly I never had this at home before, so will definitely make this now:-)

Asiya Baig said... Best Blogger Tips

I've never seen this pickle before....sounds delicious!

Arthy Suman said... Best Blogger Tips

I love dates and I'm drooling over this pickle...yummy...I have to try this...

Savitha Ganesan said... Best Blogger Tips

very interesting aachar.love it

Sangeetha Nambi said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow ! Pickle using Dates... Real yummy !!!
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Love to Experiment said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie.. Your pickle looks perfect. I can already feel the sweet, spicy, tanginess on my palate.

Vidya said... Best Blogger Tips

DElicious, tempting and healthy pickle.

priya satheesh said... Best Blogger Tips

oh wow...Must be really tasty..Want to taste this!!!

Zareena said... Best Blogger Tips

mmm... dates pickle!!! I tasted this along with biryani in one marriage, but never tried to make this.

Ambreen (Simply Sweet 'n Savory) said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely presentation, Julie! Such a nice combination of flavors, yummy! Wishing you a very Happy New Year :)

Divya Pramil said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely clicks Julie :) Loved the unique pickle dear!!
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Vimitha Anand said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummilicious pickle

Nivedhanams Sowmya said... Best Blogger Tips

very interesting pickle recipe... surely a new one for me and am bookmarking it!!
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WeR SAHM said... Best Blogger Tips

interesting pickle

Jemini said... Best Blogger Tips

nice tangy and sweet achar...never tried this.

Amrita Vishal said... Best Blogger Tips

wow like the sound of this pickle..sweet and salty!

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

I always want to make some pickle with dates, now i have a prefect recipe to try.

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

nice presentation.. nice snaps... adipoli achaar
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Kalpana Sareesh said... Best Blogger Tips

very unique pickle..

nayana said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this sweet sour and tangy pickle....

Gauri said... Best Blogger Tips

Loks so delicious and love the presentation!

Nandini M said... Best Blogger Tips

A different pickle! Love the mixture of sweetness and sourness!

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so tempting Julie, if you stayed next door, I would sure come over for some..

manjooo said... Best Blogger Tips

feel like eating a malabar biriyani...this pickle goes well with it....nice one dear :)

Kitchen Queen said... Best Blogger Tips

looks yummy and nice clicks too.

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Love dates achar,tempting..adipoli presentation.

PT said... Best Blogger Tips

nice clicks dear.. tempting pickle..

Shailaja Reddy said... Best Blogger Tips

Interesting n all spices are equal taste.

divya said... Best Blogger Tips

So tempting...Mouthwatering clicks!!!

Swathi Iyer said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious pickle Julie, can you make some and mail it to me.

misha said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice one julie, love this one , and ur clicks have really improved ....... New cam :) ....

kausers kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

That is really interesting...looks so tempting.

Maha Gadde said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious :)

Swasthi Blank said... Best Blogger Tips

this is something really tempting. looks great.

DivyaGCP said... Best Blogger Tips

Interesting and delicious pickle..

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

Very interesting and delicious looking pickle!

Nagashree said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, new to me. I can eat all kinds of pickles and this one sounds delicious. Is it too sweet?

Faseela Noushad said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy n mouthwatering pickle

Sangeetha Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Very interesting n yummy preparation dear!!!
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Roha said... Best Blogger Tips

wwoo very Interesting and never heard of it..love to try :)

sree said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy

Jee said... Best Blogger Tips

hi,
I tried this recipie..
IT looks the same, the only one change I did was I did not add much sugar, the idea was to get it spicy, however its tasting bitter, do you have any idea, where did it went wrong? or what mistake I have done.

Thank you
Paul

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jee Thanks for trying out the recipe..I think the mustard seeds might have got powdered than just crushed..that may have added bitterness,else it shouldn't happen..I think you can leave the pickle for a few days and check again,may be the sweetness of dates may get blended well and may reduce the bitter taste.Hope that helps !

Mayadip said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie,

for how many days would this pickle keep good? Refrigerate or cooler temp outside?

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Mayadip Hi Mayadip,
I personally haven't tried preserving any pickle more than a month as I make smaller batches and gets over soon at home.And this pickle stays good for a month at room temperature.Always try to use dry clean spoons(free of moisture)which will help increasing the shelf life of any pickle.If you plan to make large batches,then store small batch outside at room temp in air tight containers and refrigerate the rest.Refrigeration will preserve this pickle over months.Hope that works fine.