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Achara or Atsara is the Philippine contribution to the world of Asian pickles. There are many versions, and virtually any vegetable can be used for making achara. Any mention of achara, though, will most likely evoke thoughts of this type of achara, which uses green papaya.
Estimated cooking time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Achara or Atsara Ingredients:
- 4 cups grated fresh green papaya
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced into long strips
- 1 (2 inch) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced
- 2 green chile peppers, sliced into thin rings
- 1 (1.5 ounce) box raisins
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
Achara or Atsara Cooking Instructions:
- Toss the grated papaya with 1/4 cup salt together in a large bowl; allow to sit for 1 hour.
- Drain the liquid from the papaya and rinse thoroughly.
- Place the papaya in the middle of a large piece of cheesecloth and squeeze to drain as much liquid from the papaya as possible.
- Combine the papaya, carrot, red bell pepper, ginger, green chile peppers, and raisins together in a clean large bowl; mix.
- Transfer the mixture to clean, dry jars with lids.
- Stir the vinegar, water, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt together in a small saucepan; bring to a boil for 5 minutes.
- Pour the vinegar mixture into the jars, making sure the vegetables are completely submerged in liquid.
- Allow the vegetables to marinate in the liquid at least 1 day before using.
- Store in refrigerator between uses.
Try this Filipino pickled green papaya popularly known as Achara or Atsara Recipe