Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Pappanga Thoran/Sautéed Papaya With Coconut

Papaya is a tropical fruit and has a sweet musky taste when ripe with a soft orange tinted flesh. Been googling about papaya and came to know about few health benefits of the fruit. Papaya-the fruit, as well as the other parts of the papaya tree, contain papain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins. This enzyme is especially concentrated in the fruit when it is unripe. Papain is extracted to make digestive enzyme dietary supplements.  Vitamin C and vitamin A, which is made in the body from the beta-carotene in papaya, are both needed for the proper function of a healthy immune system. Papaya may therefore be a healthy fruit choice for preventing such illnesses as recurrent ear infections, colds and flu.  It has also got some anti inflammatory effect.  Can read more about the health benefits of papaya here.

In Kerala most of the homes have at least one papaya tree in their backyard!  The raw papayas are used for cooking, usually made into a thoran(sauted with grated coconut)or stir fry.  I'm not very keen on ripe papayas, but when raw and made into a thoran, I'm all 'ga ga' about it. 






You will need...

Raw Papaya - 2 medium
Coconut - 1/4 - 1/2 grated
Green chillies - 3-4 (2 for grinding and 2 chopped)
Jeera - 1 tsp
Turmeric - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1-2 tsp
Shallots(Cheriya ulli) - a handful peeled and sliced
Whole red chillies(dry) - 2-3 split into 2-3 pieces
Curry leaves - few
Salt - to taste


Wash, skin, deseed and grate the papayas into a mixing bowl.  Grind coconut along with 2 green chillies, 2 shallots and jeera.  Add this into the grated papaya.  Add turmeric, salt and mix well.  Keep aside.  In a thick bottomed pan heat oil.  Splutter mustard seeds and saute shallots, red chillies,  chopped green chillies and curry leaves until shallots are translucent.  Add the papaya mixture into it, cover and cook for 7-10 mins in medium heat.  If there is still water left stir fry until all the water is gone. Serve hot with rice.

I'm sending this to the event 'Think Beyond the Usual - Fruits' hosted by Nithu Bala.  She has got an inspiring lovely space, which you can visit by clicking here.




Cheers!!!

38 comments:

  1. Yummy yummy! Completely a new dish for me! Lemme try some pls...:)

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  2. haven't made this for over a year now..thanks for reminding.. very healthy one.. cheers

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  3. Hi Cicily, this looks really yummy..why don't you send it to my event?

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  4. Yummy and healthy recipe with papaya

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  5. Thanks for visiting my blog. Was able to find yours because of that. Love your blog, especially the pictures and the writing! I had totally forgotten about raw papaya. I just keep buying the ripe ones all the time. GOnna look out for this one on my next shopping trip.

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  6. Nice clicks...Looks so yummy!!! one of my Fav!!!

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  7. looks yum... i love raw papaya too...

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  8. I have tried to get green papaya here; looks delicious! And now we know that you use SK's KKhazana pickles!!! ;-D

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  9. Never heard of this dish. Looks good and gotta try sometime..

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  10. awesome clicks... this is one long lost recipe, thank you for sharing it.. we are definitely going to try this very soon

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  11. I love papaya only in its raw form never the ripe form..

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  12. ohh...that s one of my favs!! Cant imagine getting one here :(
    Lovely & tempting Clicks !!

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  13. The pics you post are always a treat to my eyes...such wonderful clicks cicily,...beautiful..u make a simple dish also look great...

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  14. Click is picture perfect, loved the pappaya thoran, looks quite tasty.

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  15. wow...papaya thoran ugrananello...

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  16. It must be such a delicious dish. I will try it next time I get some green papaya!

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  17. yummy thoran.........perfect match with rice...

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  18. Never had or tried thoran with papaya, looks beautiful..

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  19. WOWWWWWW. What do I have here. Another beautiful blogger with beautiful recipes. How come I missed u???
    Following you.
    Nice click...

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  20. That meal looks so tasty, i wish i could just grab it right now...

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  21. Perfect thoran, looks wonderful.

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  22. This is so simple and yummy dish, beautiful photo too..

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  23. My fav thoran...Nalla choodu chorinte koode enda ruchi..But kazhichittu kure ayee...

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  24. I love all the pappaya dishes...lovely clicks Cicy..

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  25. Wow lovely pics and the dish looks delish

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  26. Thoran looks absolutely delicious...super cute presentation :)

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  27. I am a BIG thoran fan! You are making me DROOL !

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  28. I love this thoran more than anything..I didnt try the papaya's from here,though I have seen it in Tescos.I thought it wont be tastier as our naadan one..but next time i willl dfntly pick this one :)

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  29. Never tried curry with raw papaya,,the thoran looks tempting and yummy....awesome clicks...

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  30. Though i don't love papaya, my husband is very fond of it....the dish looks very tempting....and the snap is superb...

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  31. Nice clicks and lovely thoran... never had this... but looks very tempting.

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  32. This looks great...fabulous pic!

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  33. A healthy recipe and great click too!A nice blog here!Do visit mine when you find time.

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  34. first time here delicious thoran looks good

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