Nyonya style fish achar

Main Dish
5 servings
40 min
25 min
crispy fried dish soaked in a vinaigrette gravy.


Number of serving: 5
10 sardine fish (or other firm fish ; de-gut and keep the head intact)

1 inch fresh turmeric (kunyit ; smashed)

10 shallots (remove skin)

1 inch ginger (cut into stripes)

6 birds/red chillies (6-7, slice red chillies)

1/2 cup vinegar

6 tbsp sugar (6-8)

Coriander leaves (optional)

Salt to taste

Oil (as needed)


  • Rub fish with salt.
    Deep fry and remove.
    Leave about 3 tbsp of oil in the same pan.
    Fry turmeric and remove (we will not need it)
    Fry shallots, ginger and chillies; 2-3 mins.
    Remove and keep aside.
  • Pour vinegar, sugar and a bit of salt.
    Let it simmer to thicken.
    Add fish with fried shallots, ginger and chillies. .
    Stir all in.
    Off the heat and combine coriander leaves.
    Leave achar in the pan for at least an hour.
    Remove to serve.


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