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Papaya Salad

(aka Som Tum)

Recipe by Lata Anand of Santa Clara, US

Ingredients vegetarian 8 servings

    • 12 oz. Unripe green papaya (Peeled and cut in very fine matchsticks)
    • 5 nos. Thai chili (fresh)
    • 2 tbsp. Garlic (coarsely chopped)
    • 3 0z. Carrot (shredded)
    • ¼ cup unsalted roasted peanuts (roughly crushed)
    • ¼ cup Salad Tomato (cut in wedges)
    • 1 tbsp. Palm or granulated Sugar
    • 3 tbsp. Lime juice
    • 3 tbsp. Fish sauce
    • ½ cup Green cabbage


    1. In a large mortar, pound the garlic and chilies roughly.
    2. Then add papaya and carrot, pound briefly or until they are broken down, but not completely mushy.
    3. Add the rest except peanuts and cabbage; continue pounding more gently so the liquids won’t splash.
    4. Transfer to the serving plate, sprinkle with peanut.
    5. Serve accompanied by cabbage or any raw vegetables long beans, morning glory etc.



    Hi ! Tried out your recipe minus the Fish sauce . It was Wonderful . Thank U . Raw papaya contain Papain highly beneficial in the deficiency of gastric juice . Also helps to cure excessive unhealthy mucus in the stomach , dyspepsia and intenstinal irritation . too .


    i love this recipe it's really healthy. keep adding more recipes. tha thank you


    Nice and tasty, one of my type. how about no peanuts on it? Do submit more of this type.