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otatop



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 15 12:13 pm    Post subject: chillies  Reply with quote    

Does anyone have a good Indian type chilli pickle recipe that will keep well? I have a couple of lbs that need using up.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 15 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i make a hot garam which might adapt but for a whole chilli pickle

wash chillis,put in jars with whole black pepper,garlic cloves,cinamon stick,cumin seed,coriander seed,sliced root ginger,salt

boil cider vinegar and cover chillis.lid.will store cool until opened then keep in fridge several months.

the hot garam (basic recipe other spices can be added but avoid garlic as it goes off in flavour after a couple of years)

equal volumes of dried whitebait and fresh chillis the more varieties the better but plenty of super hot like nagas scotch bonnets etc ,blend to paste,add salt whole peppercorns cover in boiling vinegar.lid ,keep 12 months,top up vinegar as fish absorb liquid.

blend again,re jar,store at least 2 yrs topping up vinegar if necessary.

improves over a couple of years then starts losing flavour.

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 15 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chilli Achar

None of the recipes I can find online are like my mum's, unfortunately she's dead so I can't check with her but this is what I remember:

Chillies
Salt (plenty of)
Fennel Seed
Mustard Seed
cumin seed

Throw the chillies into a jar with the salt, enough to see that all the chillies have visible salt on them. After a few days of occasional shaking (vigorous) the salt will have extracted quite a lot of water at the bottom of the jar, pour this away. Leave for another couple of days to ensure all water is removed, drain thoroughly in a colander (maybe leave draining for a couple of hours).

Put back into a clean, dry jar with the spices (above is a basic mix, you can add all sorts of stuff) shake vigorously every few hours for a day or so and then cover with a veg oil.

Some people like to start using straight away, others leave to mature for anything from a few months to the following year. As time goes by the chillies will become mushier and the flavours will merge.

Mum used to use a mix of mustard oil (not recommended, a known carcinogen and illegal to sell for human consumption in the UK) and olive oil, but pretty much any veg oil will do.

If your pickle goes mouldy the either you didn't use enough salt, or didn't extract enough moisture.

Chilli achar fresh
You can do a completely different achar using the same ingredients that doesn't require you to (in effect) brine with just the addition of lemon juice:

Bung all your ingredients in a jar with lemon juice (I guess probably 1 lemon per pound of chillies), shake, leave to marinade for a few hours (overnight maybe) then add oil.

This will not keep for very long.

OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 15 6:45 am    Post subject: Re: chillies Reply with quote    

otatop wrote:
Does anyone have a good Indian type chilli pickle recipe that will keep well? I have a couple of lbs that need using up.


Rinse off the chillis and put them whole in the freezer - they last for a very long time and keep their flavour/power too.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 15 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I like the sound of your Chilli Achar, Tahir. I'll be giving that a go.

otatop



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 15 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks all. I lost the recipe for a great chilli pickle that I made a couple of years ago and was going to try to re-create it from memory, but Tahir's is very similar - so I'll follow that. I bought some mustard oil yesterday (small print on label said 'external use only' but I think they have to say that in order to export). I was thinking of using it 1 part to 4 with veg oil.

Interestingly, they were cooking with mustard oil on The Food Programme this week and didn't seem to be at all worried - although dripping won the taste trial.

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 15 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

otatop wrote:
I bought some mustard oil yesterday (small print on label said 'external use only' but I think they have to say that in order to export). I was thinking of using it 1 part to 4 with veg oil.


I was amazed when I first found out, as my mum had always used it. There's plenty of research that say's it's unsafe so I wouldn't use it, just (very) lightly toast and crush the mustard seeds that you use in the pickle and you'll get all the flavour with (I assume) no risk to your health.

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 15 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
otatop wrote:
I bought some mustard oil yesterday (small print on label said 'external use only' but I think they have to say that in order to export). I was thinking of using it 1 part to 4 with veg oil.


I was amazed when I first found out, as my mum had always used it. There's plenty of research that say's it's unsafe so I wouldn't use it, just (very) lightly toast and crush the mustard seeds that you use in the pickle and you'll get all the flavour with (I assume) no risk to your health.


Really?

http://www.schwartz.co.uk/products/herbs-and-spices/spices/mustard-seed These?

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 15 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
Really?

http://www.schwartz.co.uk/products/herbs-and-spices/spices/mustard-seed These?


Really what? As far as I know mustard seeds are safe, it's something to do with the way the oil is extracted that makes the oil risky.

It was a few years ago but there was plenty of stuff out there about it, and even though all ethnic shops sell mustard seed oil next to all the other veg oils it is labelled "not for internal consumption" or similar.

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 15 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh. Didn't know that.

Pilsbury



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 15 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tahir, I your recipe post you have 'mustard seeds (not reccomended) '
I think you ment mustard oil, it would make more sense

otatop



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 15 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm inclined to think that, in moderation, mustard oil is ok. It's so strongly flavoured that you wouldn't want to use too much anyway. And after all, not so very long ago we were told that animal fats were the food of the devil, and that we should all be eating odd 'spreads' with iffy ingredients.
Butter and/or dripping for me every time!

otatop



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 15 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Incidentally, did anyone listen to The Food Programme? About oils and fats. Very interesting.

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 15 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

otatop wrote:
I'm inclined to think that, in moderation, mustard oil is ok. It's so strongly flavoured that you wouldn't want to use too much anyway. And after all, not so very long ago we were told that animal fats were the food of the devil, and that we should all be eating odd 'spreads' with iffy ingredients.
Butter and/or dripping for me every time!


I'm with you all the way, we don't do artificial sweeteners or low aft anything but trust me, there's a reason why they have to mark mustard seed oil as "not for human consumption"

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 15 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Although I can't find anything now that says so, and I'm sure I've eaten plenty of it in my life...

However as explained above the flavour can be replaced by toasted crushed mustard seed so why take the risk?

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