Though there are many varieties of curries you can prepare in Raw Papaya in Kerala Cuisine, but this variety is one of our favorite. This is somewhat like Aviyal recipe. Generally in Aviyal, gravy is cooked in curd with boiled vegetables but here gravy is cooked first to remove the raw smell of onion then adding the curd & boiled raw papaya to the curry. Its rich flavor makes it suitable to be served with any Indian food like Chapati, Roti, Rice and even with Adai.
Papaya has many health benefits like it improves digestion, eye health, protects from cancer, it regulates the women’s menstruation, even it helps in diabetes and more importantly it helps to weight loss. Eating papaya regularly in our diet gives an amazing health benefits.
Raw Papaya - 2 cups (chopped)
Beaten sour Curd - 1 cup
Rice Flour - 1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Grated Coconut - 1/4 cup
Dry Red Chilies - 3 to 4 nos. (As per taste)
Jeera/Cumin Seeds - 2 tsp
Medium size Onion - 1 no.
Mustard Seeds - 2 tsp
Coconut Oil - 2 tbsp
Dry Red Chili Peppers - 1 No.
Curry Leaves - 4 to 5
Step 01) Cut the papaya in to half and remove the seeds and inner layer skin and scrap away the outer skin nicely and then chop them in to 1" lengthwise
Step 02) Cook them in a microwave safe bowl for about 10 mins. (This saves the cooking time) and drain the water for later use
Step 03) Blend the red chili pepper, jeera/cumin seeds, coconut and onion into fine paste using little water (for grinding use 1/2 cup of drained water of cooked papaya)
Step 04) Heat a pan add coconut oil for seasoning (this gives Kerala cuisine style authentic taste) or use vegetable oil add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter followed by red chili and curry leaves and fry for a minute. Add the blended gravy mixture and cook till raw smell of onion disappear
Step 05) Add the cooked papaya and mix it well
Step 06) Add the whisked curd (use sour curd for better taste)
Step 07) Take a small bowl add tbsp of rice flour and 1/4 cup of drained water mix it without lumps and add it on curry and mix well (This gives the thick consistency to the curry)
Serving: Serve with Chapati or Rice. It goes nice with Adai too :)
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