Atsara: The Relish You Will Cherish

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Atsara is the relish you will cherish. Once you get a taste of it, you’ll love it! ❤️ Learn more about this yummy relish now. 😀

What Exactly Is Atsara?

Germany has sauerkraut. Korea has kimchi. India has chutney. The Philippines has atsara.

Yes, we have our very own version of a fermented dish.

Atsara is often matched with barbecue or grilled dishes. it just livens up the dish with its tangy flavor.

Atsara is often matched with barbecue or grilled dishes. It just livens up the dish with its tangy flavor.

Atsara with on a white plate with a fork in the background.
Atsara explodes with a melody of flavors. Its tangy taste goes so well with barbeque and even fried foods.

Atsara also goes well with dried fish. Pair it up with some danggit and it will tame the saltiness of it.

Atsara also goes well with dried fish. Pair it up with some danggit and it will tame the saltiness of it.

It even goes so well with some longganisa. Whether you’re eating a longganisa from Alaminos (Pangasinan) or Cebu, you just gotta have some atsara. 

It even goes so well with some longganisa. Whether you’re eating a longganisa from Alaminos (Pangasinan) or Cebu, you just gotta have some atsara.

Stringy atsara on a white plate.
You can even eat atsara as it is. 👍

It’s hard to say exactly what atsara is. You can say it’s a condiment, a relish, or even a salad. But whatever you think it is, it is something you will love to add on to your dish. ❤️

Atsara Recipe

We usually buy atsara or if we’re lucky enough, it’s given as a gift. Needless to say, it’s a very nice gift because it can be stored in the refrigerator for a long time.

Of course, we can always make atsara at home. It’s actually very easy to make it.

We have here an atsara recipe that you can follow. The recipe requires you to use papaya. Of course, you can also use singkamas if you like but the most common ingredient for an atsara recipe is papaya.

We have here an atsara recipe that you can follow. The recipe requires you to use papaya. Of course, you can also use singkamas if you like but the most common ingredient for an atsara recipe is papaya.

You will need some shredded green papaya (3lbs), a piece of carrot (thinly sliced), one red bell pepper, raisins (3/4 cup), one head of garlic, and ginger (4 thumbs).

For the juice, syrup, or brine of the atsara, you will need some vinegar (2 cups), white sugar (1 1/3 cups), salt (1tsp), and ground black pepper (1/2 tsp).

Before you start putting together your atsara, it’s critical that you soak the papaya in water and salt for two days to remove its resins.

Before you start putting together your atsara, it’s critical that you soak the papaya in water and salt for two days to remove its resins. After two days, use a cheesecloth to squeeze out resins from the papaya.

Now, it’s time to mix the grated papaya, slices of carrot, slices of red pepper, raisins, garlic, and ginger. Once you have mixed them well, place them inside a jar. Leave some space for the juice, syrup, or brine. (whichever way you want to call it). 😄 Then set it aside.

Now, it’s time to make the brine. Pour the vinegar into a heated pan. Add in the sugar, salt, and ground black pepper. Wait for it to boil.

Once it has boiled, pour some of it inside the jar where you had placed the papaya mixture in.

Cover immediately so that the heat is trapped. The hot brine will soften the veggies. Let it cool then place it inside the refrigerator.

If you want to see how our favorite chef makes the best atsara recipe, watch the video below.

Why It’s Good To Learn How To Make Atsara

It’s worth it to learn how to make atsara, especially if you make it out of papaya. The reason for this is because papaya has a ton of health benefits. 😃

The benefits of papaya are many. This tropical fruit may help you fight the effects of aging, reduce the risks of heart disease and cancer, and improve your skin. You may even find that adding papayas to your diet makes it more effective when it comes to weight loss.

Papaya is a rich source of potassium and magnesium. These two nutrients are very useful in your body. These vitamins will help to keep your metabolism high, which will help you lose weight and burn fat more effectively.

Papaya is a rich source of potassium and magnesium. These two nutrients are very useful in your body. These vitamins will help to keep your metabolism high, which will help you lose weight and burn fat more effectively. 😃

Papaya is also a rich source of fiber, vitamin C, and manganese. These are all important nutrients for healthy digestion and will prevent you from eating too much in the form of junk food.

Papaya is also a rich source of fiber, vitamin C, and manganese. These are all important nutrients for healthy digestion and will prevent you from eating too much in the form of junk food.

The fiber helps you from being constipated, and you will also be less likely to develop hemorrhoids or other types of digestive problems. It may even help you prevent hemorrhoids from developing at all by keeping your stool moist and free of toxins and bacteria.

If you are prone to these digestive problems or have had them in the past, you should consider incorporating papayas into your diet more often.

Wait There’s More!

The health benefits of papaya don’t end there. It’s also a rich source of protein, which can help you reach your recommended daily allowance of protein without any strenuous exercise.

This is especially helpful for those people who are low on the iron and folic acid that they need to maintain healthy bones and a strong immune system.

It may also benefit individuals with chronic diseases like cancer or diabetes. This is because protein is what helps them to heal and prevents them from developing certain conditions.

There are more health benefits of this fruit. It keeps your blood sugar levels regulated and also keeps you physically fit. Resveratrol is one of the substances found in red wine that has an anti-aging effect. It helps protect the body against cell damage as well as aging.

There are more health benefits of this fruit. It keeps your blood sugar levels regulated and also keeps you physically fit. Resveratrol is one of the substances found in red wine that has an anti-aging effect. It helps protect the body against cell damage as well as aging.

Although there are numerous benefits of papaya, it is also a bit hard to eat the whole papaya.

However, certain Filipino dishes make it easy to incorporate papaya into your diet. Tinola is one good example of a Filipino dish with green papaya.

But of course, atsara, the relish you will cherish, is another easy way to incorporate green papaya into your diet. 👍

Have you tried making atsara at home? How do you eat it? Feel free to share with us your thoughts. We’d love to hear from you.

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