Atchara (also spelled Achara or Atsara), is a pickling made from unripe papaya popular in the Philippines. This dish is often served as a side dish for fried or grilled foods such as pork barbecue. The name may come from several names for South Asian pickle and is related to acar from neighbouring Indonesia and Malaysia.
The primary ingredient is grated unripe papaya. Carrot slices, julienned ginger, bell pepper, onion and garlic make up the other vegetables. Raisins or pineapple chunks may be added, and chilies, freshly ground black pepper, red pepper flakes, or whole peppercorns complete the mixture. These are then mixed in a solution of vinegar, sugar/syrup, and salt preserves.
The mixture is placed in airtight jars where it will keep without refrigeration, however once opened it is preferably kept chilled to maintain its flavour.
- Atsarang maasim (sour pickles) - is prepared in the same way as normal Atchara except that no sugar is added.
- Atsarang labóng (pickled bamboo shoots) - are prepared in the same way as Atchara, but use bamboo shoots instead of papaya.
- Atsarang dampalit (pickled sea purslane) - made from Sesuvium portulacastrum, called dampalit in Tagalog.
- Atsarang ubod (pickled palm hearts) - made from palm hearts, called ubod in Tagalog.
- Achar in neighbouring Indonesia and Malaysia
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