How to Make Papaya Atchara (Papaya Pickles, Atsara, Achara)

4 cups grated green papaya
1/2 cup coarse salt
1 cup vinegar
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced

1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 small ginger, cut into strips
5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 onion, thinly sliced

Pickling mixture:
1 cup vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt

Materials and Equipment:
stainless/enameled kettle
measuring cups and spoons
chopping board
strainer, stainless
wooden ladle
casserole, stainless
muslin bag or cheese cloth
sterilized glass jars with new caps

1. Boil pickling mixture, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. Set aside and let cool.
2. Combine grated papaya and salt. Knead together for few minutes.
3. Wrap one cup at a time with a piece of cloth (it should be cotton) and squeeze out moisture. Soak grated papaya in vinegar overnight. Then squeeze out as much vinegar from the papaya. Alternative – spinning it in clothes dryer is much efficient.
4. Combine with the other ingredients. Pack in sterilized jars and pour hot pickling mixture over the vegetables. Let cool at room temperature. Cover jars tightly and refrigerate.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.