Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Acar Buah (Pickled Mix Fruits)

I am already back to Manjung. On my first day, I have to "tune" my mind back to school. After one day , I need to attend another course related to "cooperative by-laws". Since cooperative is now under Malaysian Cooperative Commission (SKM), there are many things to consider about. Today, I want to share with you the "pickled mix fruits recipe" or acar buah which is very popular during the month of Ramadhan. Some people might find it from their parents back in their village or they can get it from pasar. This acar will be a hot item during this fasting month. For your information, this acar buah is costly because the items are all pickled or dried. Mostly we can get the items from the supermarket either in small pack or loose. As to me, I like to buy the packed ones. Most of the time I put the small pickled fruits which does not need me to cut into small pieces. We can actually put different kinds of fruits, but make sure the fruits are not soft.

Here is the recipe for the Acar Buah:

5 onions
5 garlic
3 cups of chilli paste
1 cup of oil
2 cinnamon sticks
3 star aniseeds
3 cardamon seeds
3 tbs of "soup powder"
2-3 cups of sugar
1 cup of vinegar
salt to taste
1 pack of dried mix fruits (200 g)
1 pack of raisins or sultanas (200g)
1 pack of dried nutmegs (200g)-optional
1 pack of dried ginger (200 g)-optional
5 to 6 pieces of acar limau (pickled lime)- cut into small pieces

1. Blend finely the onions and garlic.
2. Heat the oil, put the blended items and the chilli paste together.
3. Mix with the soup powder, aniseed, cardamon and the cinnamon sticks.
4. Fry until it is well cooked. Add some water if it too dry. Fry for some time because this chilli must be well cooked to make the acar nice.
5. Add the vinegar and sugar, add 1 cup of water.
6. Mix the dried fruits, taste the sugar and salt, it is ready to serve.

The acar buah is nice to be eaten with white rice or beryani rice. Yummm.....