This is a very healthy and a nutritious Thai style salad, prepared out of grated or shredded green papaya. The dressing has all the flavours and taste - spicy, salty, sweet and sour. Again there are many versions to this dish.
Today I prepared this salad by adding some sliced assorted Bell peppers, onion, sliced kaffir lime leaves, coriander leaves and crushed peanuts to the grated raw papaya. I gave a slight twist to it by adding some crushed spicy fried Bombay Duck instead of the usual shrimps.
The addition of the roasted peanuts and the Bombay Duck gave a crunchy effect to this dish. It can be made into a veg. version by simply omitting the Bombay Duck. It is a perfect light dinner option along with some clear soup for all the weight watchers.
- 1 1/2 cups green papaya, grated
- 3/4 cup assorted Bell peppers, sliced
- 1 onion, sliced
- handful of coriander leaves, chopped
- 3-4 kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced
- 2 tbsp. roasted peanuts, coarsely crushed
- 2 tbsp. spicy fried Bombay Duck, coarsely crushed (opt)
- 2 tbsp. vinegar
- 1 tsp. red chili powder
- salt to taste
- 1/2 tsp. sugar (opt)
In a bowl, mix together vinegar, chili powder, salt and sugar, Keep aside. In a separate bowl, combine papaya, bell peppers, onion, coriander leaves, lime leaves and peanuts.
Sprinkle the crushed Bombay Duck. Just before serving, drizzle the dressing over it and serve.