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Monday, 29 September 2014

Green Papaya & Mint Soup

          Raw Papaya is also one of those vegetables not much preferred as a soup. But this combination with mint leaves works great. It is light, healthy and refreshing as a one dish meal with or without any salad to go with it. 

  • 1/2 of a papaya, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. oats
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1" ginger, chopped
  • handful of mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tap. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander-cumin powder
  • 3-3/12 cups water / stock
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • coriander leaves and mint leaves to garnish

          Heat oil and saute the bay leaf, followed by the onion, ginger and garlic. Fry till they turn soft. Now add the chopped papaya, salt, turmeric powder, oats, coriander-cumin powder and the garam masala powder.

          Saute for 1 minute or two till everything is well combined. Add the water / stock and the mint leaves and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. When cool, discard the bay leaf and blend into a puree.

           Adjust the water according to the consistency required. Just before serving, heat through and serve, garnished with lime juice, coriander leaves and mint leaves.

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