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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  1. What an interesting recipe! I haven't seen this before, but I an intrigued! Thanks so much for sharing it..

  2. What a brilliant idea! looks delicious!

  3. Sweet, savory & spicy sounds like an awesome combo! I bet this date pickling is delicious with the banana peppers! I've actually never heard of anything like this so I'm clearly going to have to try it out! :)

  4. My family makes the same way and give me the mixture love it
    i like sinhala acharu too :) and make it more often

  5. Spicy and tangy and sweet--this looks awesome! I like that it is a quick pickle, too--you don't have to prepare this way in advance.

  6. This looks delicious and so flavorful! Great recipe and lovely photos.

  7. I really love this cool marinade. I would never think to do that! I can't wait to try it.

  8. This pickled chutney looks delicious - wrapped in a paratha, my ultimate school lunch wish :D

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  9. Ramona....I love things which are sweet and spicy and this looks just amazing. I'm so intrigued by the dates in the pickling marinade. I love dates and I would never have thought to use them that way. I bet this gives a wonderful sweet and tangy punch to any meal! : )

  10. yay! really need to try this looks so interesting, i may add mushsquash on it yum!

  11. Very unique, and I'm loving all things with dates these days.

  12. I've never tried pickling before. This looks good and I love dates!

  13. Pickles are a popular snack, side dish, and condiment. But did you know that pickles are also a healthy part of your diet?

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