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Classic Ikan Achar - Asian Pickle

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Knockout anyone and everyone with this kick ass Ikan Achar recipe. A delicious Ikan Achar gets its taste from garlic. It is generally consumed as a yummy Side Dish. I simply love Ikan Achar which is believed to be a popular Indian dish. Go ahead and get hooked! Now what did you think? I meant to this Ikan Achar recipe.
  Tamarind 2 Tablespoon
  Boiling water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Whole almonds 4
  Dried red chili 4 , chopped
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), crushed
  Onion 1 Small, chopped
  Blachan 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Dried Shrimp Paste)
  Peanut oil 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Chopped lemon grass/Grated lemon rind 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Jaggery/Soft brown sugar 2 Teaspoon
  Paprika 2 Teaspoon
  Squid 4 Large, cleaned, gutted and sliced crosswise

Put the tamarind into a bowl and pour over the boiling water.
Set aside until it is cool.
Pour the contents of the bowl through a strainer into a second bowl, pressing as much of the pulp through as possible.
Set aside.
Meanwhile, put the almonds, chillis, garlic, onion, blachan and about 1 table-spoon of oil into a blender and blend to a smooth puree.
Heat the remaining oil in a large, deep frying-pan.
When it is hot, add the almond mixture and lemon grass or rind and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
Add the tamarind water, sugar and paprika and continue to cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add the squid and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the squid is cooked through and tender.
Transfer the mixture to a warmed serving dish and serve at once.

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Stir Fried

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Classic Ikan Achar - Asian Pickle Recipe