Achara Recipe Video

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.

Summary

Difficulty LevelVery EasyHealth IndexJust Enjoy
CuisineCourse
TasteMethod
DishMain Ingredient
Interest GroupHealthy

Ingredients

 Green papaya4 Pound, julienned
 Salt1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Curing and salt is washed away)
 Carrots2 Medium, julienned
 Onion1 Large, thinly sliced lengthwise
 Garlic10 Clove (50 gm), thinly sliced
 Whole peppercorn2 Tablespoon
 Red bell pepper1 Large, cut into strips
 Ginger knob1 , cut into thin strips
 Salt1 1⁄2 Teaspoon (For The Brine Or Syrup)
 White vinegar2 Cup (32 tbs)
 Granulated sugar1 1⁄3 Cup (21.33 tbs)
 Raisins3 Ounce (2 Small Boxes)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 2453 Calories from Fat 38

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 5 g6.9%

Saturated Fat 1.2 g5.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 3110 mg129.6%

Total Carbohydrates 612 g204%

Dietary Fiber 49.1 g196.5%

Sugars 449.4 g

Protein 23 g47%

Vitamin A 883.9% Vitamin C 2221.6%

Calcium 70.1% Iron 34.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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!

Editors Review

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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