Freshly grated raw papaya, and freshly grated coconut form the heart and soul of this dish. These fresh ingredients are stir-fried in coconut oil with shallots, mustard seeds, curry leaves and garden-fresh green chillies with a pinch of turmeric to create this tasty, aromatic, and healthy stir fry.
Course: Main Course
7 - 8shallots
Peel the papaya, cut into half, and scoop out the seeds using a spoon.
Prep the ingredients - grate the papaya, grate coconut, finely chop the shallots, and slice the green chillies into 1 inch pieces.
Heat oil in a thick-bottom pan. Wait for the oil to be hot, and add mustard seeds. Once they start to splutter, reduce to a low flame, and add the chopped shallots.
Cook till the shallots are tender, and add curry leaves and green chillies. I love this part when the kitchen fills up with the great aroma of shallots and curry leaves being fried in coconut oil.
Fry for a couple of minutes, and add the grated papaya. Add turmeric and salt.
Mix well so that the turmeric and salt are evenly distributed.
Here is a small cheat tip. Close the lid, and cook for 15 minutes, while stirring occasionally. If you think this is against the true spirit of a stir-fry, fry with the lid open until the raw papaya smell vanishes. Now add the grated coconut.
You can enjoy this on its own, or pair it with a hot bowl of congee (kanji), or serve it with other delicacies in a full-fledged sadya or taali.
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