Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kohlrabi Achara

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  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
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Combine the kohlrabi, carrot, red  and green peppers, ginger, 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!
So, do you want to try making achara?  Give it a try and I hope you like it as much as I do.  MY husband  like it so much that he said, he is going to make a big plot o  a garden next year just for kohlrabi lol.  Let's see about that haha.

10 delicious comments:

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen said...

It looks like Grated papaya too!

Vicki F said...

Wow! That is impressive. I never really knew what to do with kohlrabi - I'll have to try this!

papaleng said...

Gosh, alienated naman ako sa plant na ito. first time to hear about this one. But good thing pwede palang gawing achara yan.

Unknown said...

Yes, yes, I wondered what this was. It looked so good. I want to thank you for letting me know how to make it. I got the recipe the other day. But thank you for posting again. I now have to see if I can find kohlrabi here in alabama.

Tingting R. said...

It is also my first time to know this plant/vegie exist. Good for you. You are not afraid trying new dishes using ingredients for the first time. I am not at the level yet. Maybe someday...

jo said...

Kohlrabi? Now, that's something new! I don't think I've seen it in stores. Is it available in grocery stores worldwide or just in tropical countries? I'm curious how it tastes. I love acharas! :D

Tingting R. said...

I also miss eating achara. I bet, you kholrabi achara taste good.

mommy Orkid Belle said...

mommy Kohlrabi is my favorite. It is a german turnip or turnip cabbage. I used to plant them a lot because I love to mix it with my soup. I use it as a substitute for Chayote when I make tinola. when cooked it has this sweet taste and I like the texture. Love it so much. Reminds me to try and plant some for next garden season. The achara looks good.

jared's mum said...

atchara is one of my faves + my Mama used to make one of the best. pity i never inherited her cooking prowess. this looks interesting. this is the first time i've seen + heard about this fruit. it sure turned into a delicious looking atchara. hopefully i can make my own atchara one of these days, but i will use papaya, of course! :)

Mommy Peach said...

I don't think I can find Kohlrabi here.

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