atjar, atchar, noun

Forms:
acha, achaarShow more Also acha, achaar, achar, archaar, atcha, atchar, atjaar, attjar, and with initial capital.
Origin:
Afrikaans, Malay, PersianShow more Afrikaans, from Malay achar relish, from Persian āchār pickles.
A spicy pickle or relish of sliced or chopped vegetables or fruit, eaten usually with curried dishes. Also attributive. Cf. sambal.
Note:
In the form ‘achar’, also Indian English.
1798 S.H. Wilcocke tr. of J.S. Stavorinus’s Voy. to E. Indies I. 237When green, it (sc. the mango) is made into attjar; for this, the kernel is taken out, and the space filled up with ginger, pimento, and other spicy ingredients, after which it is pickled in vinegar.
1902 H.J. Duckitt Hilda’s Diary of Cape Hsekeeper 63Red Cabbage Pickle (Atjaar).
1927 C.G. Botha Social Life in Cape Col. 57The condiments as ‘atjar’ made from apricots or from chillies, ‘blatjang’ and ‘sambal’ are too well known to dilate on.
1947 L.G. Green Tavern of Seas 65Atjar (the red cabbage pickle of the Malays).
1950 H. Gerber Cape Cookery 75Serve potatoes or rice separately, and round off the dish by serving as well beetroot salad or atjar.
1959 E. Mphahlele Down Second Ave (1965) 32We missed going to the market to work for a few shillings for bread and atcha — mango boiled in ‘hot’ red curry mixture — during school recess.
1971 Fair Lady 24 Nov. 92The older children buy three slices of bread on which they have achaar — a type of chutney spread — and an orange.
1985 S. Afr. Cookbk (Reader’s Digest Assoc.) 380Atjar, A Malay condiment of blended fruit and spices, similar to chutney but containing chunks of whole fruit.
1988 Drum Apr. 78A tasty new addition to the..family of top quality prepared meat products is Achar Polony...Real chunky Achar is included in the recipe.
1993 Star 22 July 16Fry boerewors in a frying pan and eat with stiff ‘pap’ which you cover with a thick tomato and onion gravy. For extra spiciness add 5 ml mango atchar to your gravy.
A spicy pickle or relish of sliced or chopped vegetables or fruit, eaten usually with curried dishes. Also attributive.
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