I don't know how many times I told you guys that I live in such a friendly neighborhood. Our neighbors are like family to us. They always lend a hand when you are doing something, they give you things, I like it here. We look out for each other! Anyway, one of our very good , kind, generous, and thoughtful neighbors are the Fancher's. They have a big garden and they always give me veggies whenever they are harvesting. They planted kolhrabi this year and they let me try it. I have never eaten kohlrabi before nor try to cook with it. IN fact, I did not know it's name lol. They gave me two of them to try. When I was slicing them, it reminded me of papaya so I thought of picking or making it into achara.
We normally use papaya for achara but thought of trying the kohlrabi. I have never made achara before but I always love eating it as a side dish. My father used to make it during fiesta and I missed it a lot! Achara by the way, is the term we use for pickle. It's Filipinos way of pickling Papaya.
Anyway, here is the recipe that I found at pinoyrecipe.net: I slightly altered it as I am using kohlrabi and not papaya.
- 4 cups grated fresh kohlrabi
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
- 1 red thai pepper, sliced into long strips
- 1 (2 inch) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced
- 1 green jalapeño peppers, sliced into thin rings
- 1 (1.5 ounce) box raisins
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Combine the kohlrabi, carrot, red and green peppers, ginger, garlic, and raisins together in a clean large bowl; mix.
- Transfer the mixture to clean, dry jars with lids.
- Stir the vinegar, water, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt together in a small saucepan; bring to a boil for 5 minutes.
- Pour the vinegar mixture into the jars, making sure the vegetables are completely submerged in liquid.
- Allow the vegetables to marinate in the liquid at least 1 day before using.
- Store in refrigerator between uses.
I let them taste what I made with the kohlrabi they gave and they liked it! They gave me another two and I made it for them. The only difference is that I added some dried cranberries to this batch as I ran out of raisins.
I like eating achara with just about anything especially with fried food like fish or BBQ. MY husband eats it alone, he never had achara before and he said it rocks!
See, I eat it with my breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It doesn't matter, it's just so good to eat!