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Achara

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Atchara is an appetizer made from pickled green papaya. Julienned or grated green papaya are placed in airtight containers and soaked for a week in cooked vinegar and sugar mixture with onions, garlic, ginger, pepper corn, and red bell pepper. This is probably the most famous appetizer in the Philippines because every region seems to have their own version. This sweet and sour tasting appetizer is usually served with fried dishes such as fried tapa, longganisa, tocino, and even lechon manok. In addition, this can also give life to dull dishes.
Ingredients
  Green papaya 4 Pound, julienned
  Salt 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Curing and salt is washed away)
  Carrots 2 Medium, julienned
  Onion 1 Large, thinly sliced lengthwise
  Garlic 10 Clove (50 gm), thinly sliced
  Whole peppercorn 2 Tablespoon
  Red bell pepper 1 Large, cut into strips
  Ginger knob 1 , cut into thin strips
  Salt 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon (For The Brine Or Syrup)
  White vinegar 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Granulated sugar 1 1⁄3 Cup (21.33 tbs)
  Raisins 3 Ounce (2 Small Boxes)
Directions

1. Place the julienned papaya in a large bowl and combine 1/4 cup salt then mix until the salt is well distributed.
2. Cover the bowl and place inside the refrigerator overnight (the salt will dehydrate the papaya).
3. Place the julienned papaya in a colander or strainer then rinse with running water.
4. Using cheesecloth (or any cloth) as a container, put the rinsed papaya inside the cloth and squeeze until all the liquid comes out.
5. Put the papaya back in the large bowl and combine with carrots, garlic, ginger, onions, whole pepper corn, bell pepper, and raisins
6. Heat the saucepan and pour-in the vinegar and bring to a boil.
7. Add the sugar and 1 1/2 tsp salt then stir until well diluted
8. Turn of the heat and allow the syrup to cool down until temperature is low enough to handle.
9. Place the combined vegetables and spices in a sterilized airtight jar and pour-in the syrup
10. Seal the jar and place inside the refrigerator for a week (or 5 days minimum to achieve the expected texture and flavor).
11. Serve cold with fried dishes. Share and Enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Cuisine: 
Asian
Course: 
Side Dish
Taste: 
Spicy
Method: 
Mixing
Dish: 
Pickle
Ingredient: 
Vegetable
Interest: 
Quick
Restriction: 
Low Cholesterol
If you are a pickle fan and cannot eat without a pickle on the sides, here is a Philippine pickle called Achara. It’s made with julienned raw papaya with vinegar, spices and sugar for a nice mixed flavors. Only if the chef had given instructions in English, this video would have been loved by everyone.

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