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Green Papaya Pickles (Achara) Recipe

Green Papaya Pickles (Achara) Recipe

Green Papaya Pickles (Achara) Recipe

This Indian-influenced relish is a favorite in the Philippines. Served as a side dish to accompany fried and broiled fish or meat.

Ingredients :

    • 1/2 unripe papaya (about 10 oz/ 300 g)
    • 1/2 cup (125 ml) Filipino vinegar (suka) or apple cider vinegar
    • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
    • 11/2 teaspoons salt
    • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
    • 1/2 small carrot, cut into matchsticks
    • 1/2 small green or red bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
    • 1 in (21/2 cm) ginger, thinly sliced
    • 1 small onion, finely diced
    • 2 tablespoons raisins

Method :

    1. Peel and grate the papaya into thin strips. Place the strips in a muslin cloth and squeeze out as much of the water from the papaya as possible. Then place the strips on a wide platter to dry in the sun.
    2. Bring the vinegar, sugar and salt to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the papaya strips and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to mix. Cover the saucepan, turn off the heat and set aside to cool.
    3. Transfer the cooled pickles to a sterilized jar or bottle. Keeps for a month in the refrigerator.

Makes 21/2 cups (625 ml)
Preparation time : 50 mins
Cooking time : 10 mins