Nepalese Tomato Achar Recipe

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Nepalese Tomato Achar

Vicki Butts (lazyme)


"Achar" is usually translated as "pickle", although the various "achar" dishes are not actually pickles. They're closer to spicy sauces or chutneys, and there are a lot of different types.

I'm posting this one to try with chicken wings.

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15 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


2 large
red chilies
2 Tbsp
1/2 tsp
fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp
mustard seeds
1 Tbsp
grated fresh ginger
6 clove
garlic, thinly sliced
1 tsp
ground cumin
1 tsp
ground coriander
1 Tbsp
fresh chopped coriander


1Heat a non stick frypan or wok over a medium to low heat. Once the pan is hot add the whole tomatoes to the dry pan. Roast them in the dry pan over a medium to low heat, turning as necessary, until the skins are slightly wrinkled and split.
2Add the chilies to the dry pan and roast for a further few minutes.
3Remove the tomatoes and chilis from the pan. Roughly chop the tomatoes and chop the chilis a bit more finely.
4Heat the oil in the pan and add the fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, ginger and garlic. Fry until the fenugreek seeds are just browning. Add the cumin, coriander, tomatoes and chillis.
5Cook over a medium to low heat until there is no liquid left, and the achar is like a thick paste. Stir through the fresh coriander and serve.
6You can also add lemon juice if you want to make it tangy.
7Serve with rotti, bread or dolloped on your curries. Also great spread on burgers and wraps.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Spreads
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Indian