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Acar Ketimun

Acar ketimun Indonesian cucumber pickle

(Indonesian cucumber pickle)

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Pronounced "a-CHAR keh-TEE-moon," this simple, quick cucumber pickle from Java is served in Indonesia and Singapore as a side dish grilled foods, especially satay ayam. Also known as acar timun.

4 to 6 servings


  • Onion, thinly sliced -- 1/2
  • Chile pepper, slit open down one side -- 1
  • Sugar -- 3 to 4 tablespoons
  • Salt -- 1 teaspoon
  • Peppercorns -- 2 or 3
  • White vinegar -- 3/4 cup
  • Water -- 1/4 cup
  • Cucumber, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds -- 1


  1. Add the onion, chile, sugar, salt and peppercorns to a medium-sized, non-reactive saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the cucumbers, cover tightly and remove from heat. Set aside and rest for 30 to 40 minutes.
  2. Transfer the cucumbers and liquid to a storage container and chill well before serving. Will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Acar Ketimun Variations

  • The cucumber can be peeled, seeded and sliced into half moons if you like.
  • Add 2 or 3 whole cloves for extra flavor.


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