Achara/atsara (pronounced as “AT-Sa-RAH”) is a favourite Pinoy pickle made of green papaya and other julienned vegetables. There are several versions of achara and any vegetable can be used for making this making this tasty side dish.
The classic achara recipe, however, uses unripe or green papaya grated or julienned, grated carrots, grated onion, medium red capsicum or green and red bell peppers (also julienned), raisins and two tablespoons of salt. The julienned vegetables are pickled in a syrup made of sugar, julienned ginger, cloves of garlic and freshly ground pepper.
As a side dish or condiment, achara is often eaten with roasted fish or barbecued chicken.