I don`t usually eat atchara ( pickled greens ) that often but when i tasted my grandma`s special atchara, everything changed! I simply can`t resist it! the contrasting taste of sweetness and sourness & the crisp is simply superb. It`s been a family recipe for 50 years and my grandmother gave me the permission to share it to you all. I love you mama watri and thank you for everything. =)
Soak in salt for 30 minutes the following : 2 & 1/2 kilograms zucchini and or green papaya and or chayote. rinse and drain thoroughly.
In pan, boil 2 cups vinegar and 1 & 1/2 cups white sugar. Once boiled, set aside for 15 minutes.
Combine the drained zucchini and or green papaya and or chayote together with 1/4 kilograms carrots in strips or in rounds, 1 & 1/2 tbsp ginger in strips, 1/2 large red green bell pepper in strips, 1/2 large red bell pepper in strips, 1 cup small-sized red onions in your desired cut. Combine everything to the already finished boiled vinegar with sugar (that you set aside earlier), add 3 tbsp salt , simmer for 5 minutes and serve. =)
The recipe has a tangysweet taste and a very good side dish with anything fried and grilled. The zucchini, papaya & chayote can be grated very thinly like that of my photo where it gives you softness in texture, but it can also be cut a little thicker to have that crisp bite ( this is my favorite version ). Papaya is a tropical fruit and Chayote is also known as christophene, vegetable pear, mirliton, choko (in Australia and New Zealand)., all of which you can buy at any grocery stores (walmart and oriental stores)