Atcharang Papaya Recipe (Pickled Green Papaya)

This crunchy, tangy, sweet, and tart atcharang papaya (pickled green papaya) – is all you need to complement your barbeque, fried, or grilled meats.

Atcharang Papaya (Pickled Green Papaya) | SpoonfulOfButter.com

When I was still living in the Manila I never bothered to know how to make atchara, primarily because I thought it’s easier to buy given that it’s readily available (and cheaper too) in supermarkets.

Now that I live miles away from home, I’ve come to miss it so much and decided to make my own. I did a few tries until I got the right balance of sweetness from the sugar and the tartness of vinegar.

[feast_advanced_jump_to]

What is atcharang papaya

Atchara started out as a way of preserving vegetables without refrigeration. Different vegetables can be used such as green beans, and bitter melon. Generally, atchara has a crunchy, tangy, sweet, and tart flavor, which is also the reason why it is a favorite side dish to barbecued, fried, and grilled meats.

The most famous atchara you would see in Filipino cuisine is Atcharang Papaya. Julienned or grated green papaya is soaked in a mixture of vinegar, sugar, water, and salt. Usually, other vegetables are added too like carrots, bell pepper, onion and raisins.

Atcharang Papaya (Pickled Green Papaya) | SpoonfulOfButter.com

What food goes well with atchara?

Atchara goes well with barbecues, grilled meats, and fried foods because it’s sweet and tart flavors add flavor contrast and texture.

Serve Atcharang Papaya with:

Beef Tapa (Tapsilog) with Atcharang Papaya (Pickled Green Papaya)

Ingredients

  • unripe green papaya
  • fine salt
  • white vinegar
  • granulated white sugar
  • water
  • red onion
  • ginger
  • garlic
  • black peppercorn
  • bell peppers/ sweet peppers
  • raisins

I like my atchara to have bell peppers, carrots, ginger, and raisins. But if let’s say, you are not fond of red onion, it is ok to take this out or any of the other vegetables. The most important is, of course, the green papaya.

Atcharang Papaya (Pickled Green Papaya) | SpoonfulOfButter.com

How to make atchara

  1. Grate or julienne the green papaya and place in a shallow bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and let it sit for 1-2 hours until papaya begins to release liquid. Use a cheesecloth to squeeze out the juices and salt. Set aside.
  2. To make the pickling solution, combine vinegar, sugar, water, and remaining salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Add in the shallots/ red onion, ginger, garlic, and peppercorn and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. In a deep bowl, combine the papaya, carrots, red pepper, and raisins. Pour the pickling solution and gently mix the vegetables.
  4. Transfer atchara to sterilized jars with tight-fitting lids. Refrigerate for 1-2 days to allow the flavors to develop.

How long can I keep atchara

Bottled atchara can be kept in the fridge for up to six weeks.

Atcharang Papaya (Pickled Green Papaya) | SpoonfulOfButter.com
Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Atcharang Papaya

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Author: trish | Spoonful Of Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 piece small unripe green papaya peeled and seeded
  • 1 tablespon + 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 piece small red onion peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 piece small carrot peeled and grated or julienned
  • 1 piece small red pepper seeded and sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Instructions

  • Grate or julienne the green papaya and place in a shallow bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and let it sit for 1-2 hours until papaya begins to release liquid. Use a cheesecloth to squeeze out the juices and salt. Set aside.
  • To make the pickling solution, combine vinegar, sugar, water, and remaining salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Add in the shallots/ red onion, ginger, garlic, and peppercorn and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • In a deep bowl, combine the papaya, carrots, red pepper, and raisins. Pour the pickling solution and gently mix the vegetables.
  • Transfer atchara to sterilized jars with tight-fitting lids. Refrigerate for 1-2 days to allow the flavors to develop.

3 thoughts on “Atcharang Papaya Recipe (Pickled Green Papaya)”

  1. Caryn Weber

    5 stars
    Hi! I came across your recipe and it looks so good! Can you clarify the size/amount of green papaya, red onion, carrot and red pepper that you use? My neighbor lost 47 green papayas off her tree during hurricane Irma last weekend.

    1. trish

      Hi, Caryn! Since the size and diameter of green papayas are inconsistent I don’t really follow a specific amount. Just to give you an idea, a small papaya from where I live is around 4-6 inches long, but they vary in plumpness. What I usually do is I adjust the amount of onions, carrots, and red pepper based on how much I was able to grate (or julienne) from the papaya. It also depends on your preference – I usually throw in a bit more onions because I love its taste. Whatever proportion of the vegetables you use, it will still taste great. Try it with your grilled dishes. Hope this helps and I hope that nothing more was damaged other than the fallen papayas!

  2. Pingback: Quick Pickled Vegetables - Vietnamese Style | Manila Belly

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.