Monday 13 October 2008

acar, indonesian pickle

The theme for October's Monthly Mingle is Sensational Sides and although I have quite a few side dishes I could share, I thought I'd celebrate the Australian spring with a dish my northern friends might appreciate because the ingredients will still be available over winter.

This is one of my Indonesian feast recipes: acar.

Pronounced “a-char”, it consists of vegetables cooked in vinegar, spicy long pepper and a touch of palm sugar for good measure.

Our Monthly Mingle host this month will be Ruth's Kitchen Experiments.

Acar (Indonesian Pickle)

Anna's version of various internet recipes. Serves 4.


1 carrot
1 cucumber, cut lengthways and deseeded
1 red onion
1 cup white vinegar
½ teaspoon chilli powder
½ teaspoon ground long pepper
1 teaspoon palm sugar
½ teaspoon sea salt


1. Julienne carrot and cucumber.

2. Cut onion into thin half moons.

3. In a non-reactive pan, combine vinegar, sugar, salt, chilli and long pepper.

4. Bring to the boil then add carrot. Boil 2 minutes.

5. Add onion. Boil 1 minute.

6. Add cucumber. Boil 1 minute.

7. Check seasoning, making sure the flavours are balanced.

8. Chill before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.



  1. This looks delicious!!!! A great entry to the mingle, thank you!

  2. Hello, I'd love to have this recipe in my website. ( Please contact me!

  3. Mmmm a crunchy side dish.. Just when I was wondering what I should do with my jar of palm sugar..

  4. Looks yummy. I've made picked red onion, but this looks terrific. What is long pepper? I'm used to hatch green chili, poblano chili, serano, jalapeno, bell pepper, etc but not sure about what a long pepper is. I'd love to try this.

    Thank you

  5. hey laura, long pepper is a spice rather than a chilli. i have added a link to another post where i explain more about it and included some photos.


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