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Sweet mango pickle (Gulyo Aap ko Achar)

I wish I had known how to make this a lone long time ago. I learnt it only when my MIL was here and I am loving it. It is the best alternative for laspsi ko achar as lapsi is not available here in Australia.

Ingredients

  • 2 kg raw Mangoes
  • 1/2 cup Regular Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds
  • 3 teaspoon Oil
  • A pinch of Asafoetida (Hing)
  • A pinch of Black rock salt (Birae Nun)
  • Salt to taste

Method

  • Peel the mangoes and cut them into cubes

Sweet mango pickle (1)

  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker (use heavy bottom pan if you don’t have pressure cooker) and add fennel seeds.

Sweet mango pickle (2)

  • Add mango cubes and fry for about 5 mins.

Sweet mango pickle (3)

  • Now add the sugar, chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida, black rock salt and salt and mix with the mango cubes.

Sweet mango pickle (4)

  • Add a cup of water and close the lid and cook till 3-5 whistle of the pressure cooker of if using a pan then cook until tender.
  • The achar is done when the mangoes become tender.
  • The achar should be thick, not runny. If it is too thin, let it boil for a while until you get the desired consistency.

Sweet mango pickle (5)

  • This is great to keep for few days in fridge.

Take care,

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Golveda Kerau Achar (Tomato and Green Pea’s achar)

Ingredients

  • 4 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup green peas (I used frozen one)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander to garnish

Steps

  • Heat up the pan on high heat and add oil.
  • Add turmeric powder and peas and stir it for a minute or so.

achar (1)

  • Add chopped tomatoes into the pan, stir it and cover it with a lid for 3-5 minutes. Do not forget to stir it in between.
  • Once the tomatoes are mushy in texture, add chilli powder, salt to taste, coriander and cumin powder.

achar (2)

  • Stir well and mash the tomatoes to give it a gravy texture.
  • Add ¼ cup of water and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes on low heat.

achar (3)

  • Place the achar in a bowl and garnish with fresh coriander.

achar (4)

Take care ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Lapsi ko achar (Nepali hog plum pickle)

Every time we go to Nepal, my MIL makes sure that we have enough laspsi ko achar for our entire stay. This time while we were there, she made the second batch and I helped her. Sharing the recipe with all of you here.

lapsi

Normally, lapsi ko achar is a bit sweeter than I like so when we make it at home, we tend to use less sugar. Feel free to add more sugar if you like very sweet lapsi ko achar.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Lapsi
  • ½ teaspoon cumin Seeds
  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon fenugreek seed
  • 2 teaspoons mustard oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Some raisins
  • 1 cup Water

Method

  • In a pressure cooker, add lapsi and water enough to cover all the lapsi and cook for 5 to 8 whistle.
  • Take out the lapsi from the pressure cooker and check if it is cooked well and its skin comes off easily.

bolied lapsi

  • Peel off the skin and set aside. Put the rest of the laspi in a bowl.

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  • In a big pan, heat oil and add fenugreek seed until it is dark brown in colour.
  • Turn off the heat and add turmeric powder. Let it fry for a few seconds.
  • Now add all the lapsi to the pan.
  • Add sugar, chill, salt, mix well and cook on low heat.
  • Once the mixture become a bit thick, let it cool down.
  • Now add raisins and the achar is ready.
  • The lapsi ko achar can be eaten for several days. If it lasts that long 🙂

Lapsi ko achar

With marriage comes great responsibility!

No matter who you marry, marriage comes with great responsibilities. And I think you have more responsibilities when you marry someone who comes from a background where there are lots of tradition and culture.

As I am not in Nepal, I am not forced to follow all those culture and traditions but at the same time I miss not being part of something important and fun. I remember while growing up there, I used to love all the festivals (of which there was one at least once a month if not more). There was always something to do, eat or watch. I feel sad thinking that if we settle in Australia for life, our kids will miss out on all those opportunity to enjoy and learn Nepalese tradition and culture.

Anyway, in Nepal, the first year of marriage is considered to be very important. So during every festival, there are things you are meant to do. This affects how you celebrate Dashain, Tihar, Father’s Day, Mother’s day and more. I will only learn all these as the time goes by and each festival comes along.

The first one for me was Father’s Day in September. I was grateful to my MIL and the rest of the family when she made my dad’s Father’s Day special. Even when I was living so far away from him, my MIL made sure things were done according to the tradition and so she sent all the yummy stuff to my dad. It included Rotis, sweets, cakes, fruits, Sagun , cooked meat, Achar, whisky and a shirt for my dad.

I got to see the photos and I was really happy. My dad was pleased too.

In Dashain, I wasn’t expected to do much but me and AS wanted to grow Jamara and so we did. If I was in Nepal, it would have been a different story.

Now the next big festival , Tihar is coming. My brother is here so I do my Bhai Tika here. While Skyping with my MIL, she reminded me that as this is my first Bhai Tika after the wedding, I should do something special. She even gave me recipes for a few dishes that I could make.

Since that conversation, I am in a panic mode. I am sure I can’t do what they do in Nepal but still I have to try and do the best that I can. Normally I just buy some sweets from an Indian grocery store and some fruits and some Masala. But now to make this Bhai tika special, I have to make some Rotis myself as we can’t buy Nepali Rotis here. And I don’t know how to make them yet.

My cousin K is going to help me make some of those items. I also have my best friends, YouTube and Google, to help me but I am still stressed out. I am trying to think about what I can do to make the day special. I am really worried that I will stuff it up.

I think my MIL and the rest of the family have been very kind and supportive with me and are doing their share in the relationship to make me and my family comfortable so now the ball is in my court.

I know it is my responsibility now to shine as a “Good Bhuhari(DIL)” but I am not sure how well I will handle these responsibilities.

I am scared to disappoint, not sure who? May be me first, then AS, and both our families. Worried worried worried!!!