Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Philips Jamie Oliver : Bring in the Zing (Nonya Pickled Vegetables)


Whenever I think of Nonya Pickled Vegetables (aka Achar), my mouth naturally waters on its own. The scent of the pickled vegetables simply invigorates the senses of my taste buds that I absolutely must have an immediate bite of it!

This pickled salad is delightfully sweet, sour and packed with loads of crunch that’s absolutely appetizing.

While Achar is readily available for purchase at the supermarket, nothing beats homemade food where we can most definitely control the amount of vinegar, sugar, oil etc we add into it. The most important ingredient in making this zingy tangy salad is the rempah (chilli paste), with the Philips Jamie Oliver Blender, I do not need to spend hours pounding the ingredients on the mortar and pestle from dawn to dusk.

This must-have kitchen gadget comes with a 600W of power, super easy speed control and one-touch pulse. Together with an ultra-sharp titanium coated five-star blade and ProBlend 5 technology, it makes light work of ice and other tough ingredients. Making it easy to process even ingredients such as lemongrass and candlenuts into a smooth paste. Plus with a high quality glass jar and detachable blade unit, that make cleaning such a breeze.

Now aren’t you all excited to want to jump right into making the mouth watering Nonya Pickled Salad? Here’s what is needed :

Ingredients (fruit & vegetables)
2 medium size carrots (cut into julienne strips)
1 large cucumber (with skin in tact, cut into strips)
½ honey pineapple (sliced into smaller pieces)
* cut all the fruit  & vegetables accordingly and let it dry by sunning or just let sit for about 3 hours (this is to maintain the crunch of the fruit & vegetables).

Ingredients (rempah – chilli paste)
8-9 regular red chilli (seeded)
3-5 chilli padi (add more or reduce the amount according to your preference)
9-10 red onions (roughly chopped)
2” size fresh turmeric
2” size galangal (lengkuas)
2” size ginger
6 stalks lemongrass
6 pcs of candlenut (may be replaced by macadamia nuts)
1 bulb of garlic (skin removed and separated into cloves)

Other ingredients
¾ cup rice vinegar
Juice of 3 limes
½ cup water
5 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
6-8 tbsp grounded peanut (see photo of packaging below)
  1. Add all the ingredients for rempah into the blender
  2. Add 2 tbsp water as you blend this will help in the blending process
  3. After the chilli paste is done, pour the content into a pot heated with 2tbsp oil
  4. Add 4 tbsp of chilli paste and fry the chilli paste till the colour of the paste turn slightly darker (took approximately 15 mins)
  5. Add in rice vinegar, water and salt; bring the mixture to a boil then simmer with lid covered for about 2mins
  6. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down substantially
  7. In a large mixing bowl, add in the vegetables and fruits, drizzle in the vinegar mixture into the bowl (I didn't like too much liquid in my pickled salad so I work in the vinegar mixture slowly).
  8. Add the ground peanut and toss the mixture till well combined.
  9. Store the Achar into glass bottles and chill it for at least a few hours to a day before consuming.

You may serve the Achar as is (psst... I ate up almost 1/2 of the entire lot that I made it's just too tempting! I couldn't even wait for a few hours, I ate it right away.) or you may serve it as an appetizer with chicken rice or even nasi lemak!

Here's a closer look at the individual Philips Jamie Oliver range of products (kitchen tools), check out this website (click on the link)

Keep life simple with the PHILIPS | Jamie Oliver range which includes a food processor (S$268), blender (S$128), handblender (S$108). Available at leading electronics and departmental stores.

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1 comment:

Small Kucing said...

Mmm....lovely...I love to eat achar but doesn't know how to make. Buy outside some too lembik ..not nice