Qumquats Atchar

Salwaa’s Qumquats Atchar

This qumquat (kumquat) atchar or pickle recipe of mine requires no oil. The jam and vinegar ratio can be adjusted to your taste.

This is a very easy and flexible recipe for sweet and spicy qumquat atchar. In addition to the fruit, the recipe calls for apricot jam, vinegar, and seasonings.

Qumquats are delightful little citrus fruits with sweet skins and tart flesh. Here in Cape Town you can buy qumquats at your local supermarket or from the fruit vendors on the road from May until early November.

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2kg qumquats

2 Tbsp alt

4 Tbsps atchar masala or methi masala

1 cup vinegar

2 Tbsp apricot jam


Wash or rinse qumquats thoroughly under running water.

Cut in half and remove the pips.

Add the cut qumquats into a pot.

Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons salt.

Give it a quick cook, about 5 minutes.

DON’T add any water.

Mix in 4 tablespoons atchar masala or methi masala

Cool and refrigerate overnight.

Next day boil a cup of vinegar add 2 tablespoons apricot jam and cook on low heat until jam is dissolved.

You can add more vinegar and jam if required. It all depends on your tastebuds.

Pour the vinegar mixture over the qumquats and mix well.

Allow to cool completely.

Refrigerate in an airtight container.

Consume within 4 weeks.


About Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

Cape Malay Home Cooking made easy. The Muslim community has also had a large influence on the cooking of South Africa. Cape Malay cuisine is delicious. It usually consists of a combination of fruit, spices, vegetables and meat. Using my cooking know how to inspire everyone to cook the food they love. Here you will find tried and tested simple and delicious recipes for relaxed home cooking that go far beyond baking. From easy soups and roasts to delicious breads, deserts, stews, etc… All the recipes seen here are prepared in my kitchen with photos taken by my family and me. So please don’t expect professional photography or styling, it’s just the way we have our meals on a normal day! My motto is: "Give a man a plate of food and you've fed him for the day. Teach a man to cook and you feed him for a lifetime" - Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights Facebook@www.facebook.com/capemalaycooking https://capemalaycooking.wordpress.com/ https://twitter.com/CapeMalayCooks www.youtube.com/capemalaycooking

Posted on 18/05/2021, in Atchar / Pickle, Qumquat Atchar and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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