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Every time I think about this, it makes my saliva dribble. This is the best appetizer ever and perfect combination for fried and grilled meat such as pork barbecue. I still remember when my mum used to make this during my younger years. Her recipe was just right...however I didn't managed to ask her how to make it. On the other hand, I able discover a very simple recipe which seems similar to my mum and it turned out fabulous!

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Atsarang papaya, also called sometimes atcharang papaya is a pickle made from grated unripe papaya and decorated with other vegetable such as carrots, pepper, onions, etc which make it more colorful and more appetizing to look. This pickle is popular in the Philippines where papaya grows so easily.

It's been a long time since I had this atsarang papaya and the memories keep coming back to my mind. So I decided to try to make it. What funny is I made it on the day of our 13th wedding anniversary and we celebrated with barbecues outside our backyard which is the perfect timing actually. So far it has a good feedback and my-in-laws said the taste is fantastic! 

I think the most hard part on this recipe is grating the papaya, that is when you are using the traditional way of grating. However, now a days things are getting sophisticated so you can have a conventional manual grater or better if you got an electric grater which is a lot faster and lesser work to do. Thinking about this I would say that people long time ago making this has really a great patience and perseverance. 

I guess you are enthusiastic to know the ingredients needed to make this appetizing recipe and it is all listed below.

  • 1 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar - you can use any other vinegar 
  • 1 big green papaya
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 - 2  medium size carrots - cut into flowerettes and diagonal finely
  • 1 medium size onion - white or purple
  • 1 red or green bell pepper
  • 1 medium ginger
  • 1/4 tsp of ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup of sultana or raisin 
  • chili  pepper- optional you can add if you like it a bit spicy

  1. Grate the papaya. Then sprinkle the salt all over and mix well. Leave it for 30 mins. Salt draws the water from the papaya, thus removing its water content. 
  2. Cut all the other vegetable ingredients.
  3. After 30 mins, squeeze out all the water content from the papaya, leaving the grated portion. 
  4. In a medium heat sauce pan, pour the vinegar and sugar. Stir accordingly and wait till the sugar dissolves. 
  5. Once the sugar has dissolved, add all the ingredients in the syrup mixture. 
  6. Let it boils for couple of minutes with out cover, then you can put the lid on. 
  7. Boil for few more minutes till the vegetables are half cook. 
  8. Then you can add the grated papaya. Mix and boil for few more minutes.
  9. Taste and adjust accordingly.
  10. Once everything is cook, remove from heat and set aside for cooling.
  11. Can be served straight away or can be transferred to clean container for storage.

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