I’ve always been partial to foods with bitter undertones; dark chocolate, coffee, bitter gourd and papaya are few of my favourites in that respect. In case of papayas, it’s the buttery smooth and soft flesh of the fruit, the deliciously sweet and cool juice, combined with slight bitter and musky hint that makes them so uniquely interesting and flavourful. These very qualities make them a perfect ingredient to add to savoury and sour dishes to create balance of flavours.
My father always brought home papaya very frequently when it was in season and stressed upon it’s benefit as a great promoter of digestive health. Later on, when I read more about it, I found it to be quite a treasure chest full of antioxidant nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fibre. These nutrients are not only good for digestion but have anti-inflammatory effects, support immune system, protect eyesight degeneration and improve heart health.
Raw Papaya is included in many Soth Asian and South East Asian dishes and is also used as meat tenderiser for kebabs. I love to make this Ripe Papaya Salad as a refreshing addition to my warm days menu. This juicy, sweet and spicy Ripe Papaya salad is another delicious way to include papaya in your daily menu. It tastes amazing served as a side with meat mains, specially with fish. You can add toasted cottage cheese and almond to it too for a complete, light lunch on its own.
1 red onion, chopped
1 cucumber, cut into cubes
/2 inch piece ginger, finely chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon red chilli flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
salt to taste
1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
This Is What You Do:
In a big salad bowl, add papaya, onions, cucumber.
Pour the dressing over them and toss everything to mix.
Refrigerate to chill.
Garnish with coriander leaves or your favourite greens before serving.