Atchara, a Must Buy from Calaca, Batangas
My trip to Calaca will never be complete without eating or taking home Atchara, can be Atsara or Achara. Calaca is known to have the finest Atchara. It is home for the Calacatchara Festival which Calaqueños celebrate every October.
“Atchara (also spelled achara or atsara), is a pickle made from grated unripe papaya popular in the Philippines. This dish is often served as a side dish for fried or grilled foods such as pork barbecue. The name may come from several names for South Asian pickle and is related to acar from neighboring Indonesia and Malaysia.” – Wikipedia
There are different types of Atchara in the Philippines but nothing beats, for me, the variant made in Calaca. It tastes a bit sour and sweet. The shredded Papaya is crunchy, and the color made it extra inviting to eat. This is a perfect side dish for any grilled or fried viand, but I partner this with any ulam. I even ask my siblings to send me one when I moved to the North.
I will not go into details anymore as to how it is being made as I do not know the exact measurement of ingredients used and the process. But the main ingredients are green papaya with carrots, ginger, onions, and red bell pepper. Maybe, just maybe, when I have time in the future, I’ll try to make the exact version and I’ll share it with you. 🙂
I love atsara, but I only seem to eat it if it comes with my order!! Makes me think i should buy a whole jar of atsara and eat it every meal. Lol
I used to hate atchara but i find that it’s good when eaten with inasal or bbq! Yummmm!! Nakakatakam tuloy hahaha! I’m curious with the taste of that variant made in Calaca. 🥰
Antagal ko na pala di kumakain ng atchara… last na kain ko pa nung bata pa ako… atcharang gawa lang ng lola ko ang kinakain ko before. Heheh…
I didn’t know about the Calacatchara festival. I have friends who are festival photograpgers and they also haven’t heard about it. Love atchara with any fried and lechon kawali. 😁
your post reminds me of my aunt. for me, she makes the best achara!!!
When I was a kid, I used to hate eating atchara. Now that I’m an adult, I really appreciate it’s taste! If Korea has kimchi, Philippines has atchara!
I’ve never had those but I loooove atchara! I used to think they didn’t taste good when I was a kid but after college, I loved it!
OMG, my great grandmother used to make Atchara, and we used to have it as our business when I was a little kid. I am very familiar about this since I am from Batangas where it is really famous of. Overabundance of these goods are being traded during Calacatchara Festival in the Calaca Batangas.
I remember my Mom used to make this atsara. I tried doing it myself, pero iba pa rin kapag si Mama gumawa 🙂
hindi ako kumakain ng atchara hahaha! pero alam ko pang tanggal umay ito!!! naalala ko palagi ko ililipat sa plato ng mommy ko yung atchara ko kasi di ko bet, or takot ako tikman, picky ako hahahaha
my grandmother love making atchara and would eat together with almost every viand. I personally find it ok, I would eat it sometimes and sometimes I wont.
I love Atchara! I used to eat this together with fried fish and rice. Once my friend who went to PH got the chance to bring like this kahit bawal.
Wow, that Atchara looks delicious! I remember making Atchara in grade school as a project in HELE class. I like to eat it with any fried meat. Can’t wait for Atchara recipe you’ll share! Sana soon but no pressure! 😄👍🏼
Atchara para sa mga nauumay! Kidding aside I love atchara and I miss eating it. I hope to make one soon since I am here abroad. 🙏
Jan Darren Guiwan
This reminded me of my Aunt’s atchara version from Naga. To bring home back to Pampanga, I have to endure the long land travel as this is prohibited in flights – both check in and hand carry.
I love stocking on atchara, as this refreshes my tongue, and relieves “umay” especially when eating savory meat dishes.
Atchara is one of my favorite sawsawan paired with veggies or fried fish.:) I should try buying it from there when I get a chance!:)
i love this food but don’t know how to make this.. pag fiesta lang ako nka eat this kasi gumagawa si mother