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Green Papaya Salad 1, Sunita's

Papita Salad 1

Sunita Gupta

This is an easy salad for people who have access to raw Papaya, Papita in Hindi. Serves 4 as a side dish.

Pictures courtesy Savita Kumar.


  • 250 gm raw papaya or papita

  • Juice of 1 lemon or nimbu

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 tsp (5 ml) Vegetable oil

  • 2-3 green chillies, finely chopped

  • 2 tsp. rapeseed or olive or other vegetable oil

  • A pinch Asafoetida (hing)

  • 1/4 tsp. mustard seeds (Rai)

  • 1/4 tsp. skinless urad (black gram) dal

  • 1/4 tsp. skinless chana (Bengal gram) dal

  • 8-10 fresh curry leaves

  • 1 tbsp. dry roasted or fried peanuts or moongphalli (optional)


  1. Peel, de-seed and grate papaya flesh coarsely.

  2. Transfer to a bowl. Add and mix salt and lemon juice.

  3. Heat oil in a small pan, add asafoetida and mustard seeds. When seeds crackle, add urad and chana dal and stir-fry continuously, until reddish brown. Don't let the dals burn, they will become bitter if burnt.

  4. Add curry leaves and green chillies and stir-fry for a few seconds.

  5. Add to the papaya and stir everything in.

  6. Add peanuts just before serving. Serve cold.

  7. Also see Salad Selection.

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