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Monday, December 3, 2012

Som Tam - Thai Papaya Salad

When it comes to comfort food, this tops my list. Yes, I know, Kachha Papita , Kancha pepe, but just give it a shot. This is pure bliss.. texture  color, freshness and health all packed in a single dish . The cutting is the main thing in this salad for the perfect thin julienne, please use a peeler and make slices  if papaya and carrot and then further shred it down. Grating will not give the same effect. 

Raw Papaya 300g
Carrot 1 nos
Spring Onion 50g
Onion 1 nos Sliced
Coriander stems 1 tbsp Chopped
Crushed Peanuts 50g
Coriander leaves for garnish

For dressing
Oil few drops
Ginger ½ tsp grated
Garlic ½ tsp grated
Green Chili 1 chopped
Jaggery (gur) / palm sugar 2 tbsp
Fish sauce 1/2 tsp
Vinegar 2 tbsp

  • For dressing, heat oil and fry green chili , ginger and garlic,
  • add the jaggery and vinegar and cook till a this syrup is formed
  • add the seasonings and leave oil on the sides
  • finely shred the papaya and the carrot
  • soak in iced water for a few minutes till crisp and arrange on a  plate
  • top with crushed peanuts and coriander stems and onion
  • and gently pour the dressing when cool
  • Garnish and serve

P.s. if u dont have fish sauce , or you are vegetarian, this tastes just as good without it.. u can also substitute fish sauce with drop of LEE KUM KEE Oyster Mushroom Sauce. 

Khapun Kahp... see you soon with another recipe