Atchara (Pickled Green Papaya)

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Atchara or Atsara is a very popular condiment or side dish in the Philippines, often served with meats that are either barbecued or fried. This is a good pair for those types of meats as it acts as a palate cleanser and should be taken in small amounts. This dish is done by pickling shredded green papaya together with other vegetables such as carrots, ginger, onion and capsicum in vinegar mixed with salt.

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Atchara (Pickled Green Papaya)



  • 4 cups fresh green papaya, shredded
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 red capsicum, thinly sliced
  • 1 thumb sized ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup cane vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • salt


  1. Toss the papaya and 1/4 cup salt together in a large bowl, set aside for 1 hour.
  2. Thoroughly rinse the papaya in running tap water using a colander. Now place papaya in a muslin cloth and squeeze to drain further.
  3. Now in a bowl combine papaya, carrots, capsicum, ginger and raisins. Mix well.
  4. Now mix together vinegar, water, sugar and 1 tsp salt in a saucepan then bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes and do not stir.
  5. Place papaya mixture in containers then pour liquid into the mixture, cover the container tightly then store in the refrigerator. For best results consume the atchara only after 2 days of marinating.


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17 Responses

  1. I have come to love pickles like this living in Mauritius the past 2 and a bit years. Great recipe.
    🙂 Mandy

  2. I am a big fan of atchara!!

  3. We too do this pickle but with sliced red chillies or birds eye chillies for the extra ooph taste.

  4. nannymcp22 says:

    hello raymond still cooking eh?? i would love an achara papaya now yum! unfortunately, pregnant women are not suppose to eat papaya. **sigh** i might just pickle some bamboo shoots instead…

  5. Neat post. My family loves eating fresh papaya but we have never pickled green papaya . Your recipe sounds delicious and worth trying. Great idea. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Eric sachiel says:

    This looks delicious lol….I’m going to make this

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