Thursday, March 15, 2012

Malay Date Pickle

Malay Date Pickle is a wonderful sweet, savory and spicy dish that compliments any rice and curry meal.   I consider this dish morel like a condiment to the meal so you don't eat much of it,  but it gives a wonderful flavor punch that is delicious. I made a very simple version with red onion, carrots and banana peppers.  You can also add cauliflower and other vegetables that pickle well.  This pickle could not be easier because there is no cooking involved. You just make the date based pickling mixture and toss the vegetables so they can marinate in all the delicious flavors and your done. 

6-7 banana peppers cut into chunks
1 large red onion cut into chunks
3-4 carrots cut into thick strips

Date Pickling Marinade:
1 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup of pitted dates (optional)
1 Tbs of grated fresh ginger
1 Tbs of grated fresh garlic
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 Tbs of red chili powder
2-3 tsp of salt (or to taste)
1 Tbs of sugar (or to taste)

In a food processor blend together your pickling marinade until smooth.  Remove the smooth marinade from processor.  If you want some chopped dates in the pickle add the 1/4 cup of dates and pulse it into a coarse chop and add to the marinade.  This step adds a few pieces of dates and it also helps clean out the processor off all the smooth paste so you get all the flavor.  

 Prepare you pickling vegetables and mix with the date marinade.   Allow to marinate in the fridge for several hours. Serve with Rice and Curry. Enjoy.

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