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Lagan Nu Achaar (Indian Dry Fruit Pickle)

Lagan Nu Achaar (Indian Dry Fruit Pickle)

Lagan Nu Achaar, also called Wedding Pickle, is a traditional Persian recipe for dry fruit pickle: a chutney recipe prepared with a base of apricots and dates.

24 August, 2016
Average: 4 (4 votes)

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serves for

8

total time

13 HR 40 MIN

ingredients

Apricots
120 g dried (scant)
Dates
75 g, dried
Raisins
40 g
White Wine Vinegar
150 ml
White Wine
30 ml, dry
Carrots
400 g
Sugar
300 g
Ginger
1 small piece, about 60 g
Chili Pepper
4 - 5, dried
Cardamom
5 green pods
Cumin
1 tsp, seeds
Garam Masala
2 tsp
Salt

Preparation

  • To prepare Lagan Nu Achaar - a traditional Persian dry fruit pickle recipe - start dicing the apricots. Halve the dates, remove the stones and cut into small cubes or strips. Place in a bowl, together with the raisins.
  • Mix 50 ml vinegar with the wine and about 0,25 l of water. Pour over the fruit. Cover the bowl and leave overnight to soak.
  • Next day, peel and grate the carrots. Place in a saucepan together with the sugar and the remaining vinegar and leave for about 20 minutes.
  • Peel and finely chop the ginger.
  • Mix half of the ginger and the chillis with the carrots.
  • Crush the cardamon pods, then open and remove the seeds.
  • Place in a mortar, together with the cumin and coriander seeds and crush. Add to the carrots and bring to the boil. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved.
  • Now reduce the heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of Garam Masala and a good pinch of salt.
  • Cover and simmer gently for 45 minutes over a low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Now add the fruit and stir in the remaining ginger.
  • Season to taste with the remaining Garam Masala and a pinch of salt if necessary.
  • Cover and simmer gently for a further 30 - 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Test the consistency of the pickle. The fruit pickle is ready when it has thickened sufficiently.
  • Pour the pickle into clean jars and close with a screw lid.
  • Turn the jars upside down for 10 minutes.
  • Now turn the jars the right way up and leave to cool.
  • The Lagan Nu Achaardry fruit pickle, will keep for about 6 months if stored in a cool place.

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