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Atsara na Pipino - Food with Mae 3

Atsara na Pipino

Easy Pickled Cucumber Perfect as a Side Dish or Condiment

Atsara or Atchara is a popular pickled side dish or condiment on Filipino tables. It’s usually served with fried dishes or barbeque dishes. Atsara is traditionally made with green unripe papaya and sometimes with raisins. Some will make atsara with chillies and some will leave it plain.

Living in London, UK, it’s sometimes hard to find unripe papaya and it’s also very expensive to buy. I started experimenting using different vegetables to pickle. It turns out that you can pretty much pickle everything! Please follow here for my Papaya Atsara and here for my Easy Carrots Atsara. 

What I like about this recipe too is that I can eat the atsara straight away as a side dish or a condiment. It keeps really well too using hardy veggies in the fridge.

Atsara na Pipino - Food with Mae 3


1 large cucumber
1-2 garlic
1 thumb size ginger
7 plum tomatoes or 1-2 salad tomatoes
2 stems spring onions
½ red onion
123ml coconut vinegar or cider or white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper



In a bowl or glass add vinegar, sugar, salt and black pepper. Mix them all together until the salt and sugar dissolves, leave it on one side for later.



Using a dough roller or if you don’t have one use an empty jar or flat side of the knife to smash the cucumber. Once smashed, slice them into chunks and place them in a bowl. Pour the vinaigrette dressing onto the cucumber and mix them well. Next, add minced onions, garlic, tomatoes and spring onions. Mix them all together until incorporated.



It’s perfect served alongside fried dishes and barbecue dishes!

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