Som Tam is a very healthy and a nutritious Thai style salad, prepared out of grated or shredded green papaya. The dressing should have all the flavours and taste like 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.