Acar, pronounced AH-char, is served as a side dish with meals, especially sate (pronounced SAH-tay) - sort of mini-shish-kabobs, which can be made with tofu as well as meats.
Prepare all vegetables. Set aside.
Grind all seasonings to a paste in mini-blender jar. Or, smash garlic and ginger to a pulp, separately. Crush nuts almost to a powder. Then blend all seasonings together.
Heat oil in a heavy saucepan. Fry seasoning paste briefly until ingredients begin to color.
Add to spice paste in saucepan. Stir to blend well. Bring just to a boil. Lower heat to simmering.
Add to liquid in saucepan, along with all vegetables except cucumber. Simmer 3-5 minutes.
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