Achara Salid - Pickled Green Papaya
Atchara, or also known as achara and/ or atsara, is a Filipino fermented dish characterized by the presence of its main ingredient, the unripe green papaya which is usually shred, strips of red and green peppers and carrots cut into circles then soaked into vinegar and sugar to make such a sweet and sour blend. The reason why it usually contains shredded unripe papaya is that: it is crunchier or crispier than that of the ripe ones. Here is a recipe on how to prepare this kind of side dish. All you have to do is read and prepare the ingredients.
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- 1 Shredded green papaya
- 2 Sliced onions
- 2 Julienned carrots
- 1 Sliced red pepper (sweet)
- 3 cups Cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Freshly ground pepper
- Shred the papaya using a hand grater, boil in vinegar, add other ingredients and simmer for 25 minutes.
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Yesterday, I was craving for something tangy to go with the fried flounder for dinner, so I prepared achara. Usually, you have to let it sit for a week before using it. Nonetheless, my husband and I enjoyed the fried flounder with it along with stir fried veggies composed of cabbage, sweet potatoes, green beans and carrots – another vegetable side dish I learned from my mom. The recipe for that will follow.