Monday, January 28, 2008

Papaya Paratha

The other day, when I was doing my regular grocery and vegetable shopping at Kroger, I came across raw green papaya. I've seen it many times before lying there but never paid any attention. But this time, it was different. It suddenly reminded me of this blog event. Back to when I was in school in Bangalore, we had a huge garden around our house and in one of its corner we grew a papaya tree. So, I started remembering the ways my mother cooked with this raw papaya. She made something like a curry/palya and also something like a sweet similar to carrot halwa. She also made paratha's with them. So, with that in mind I got the papaya home and derived my own version of the recipe. Here it goes....


Raw Papaya: 1 small
Onions: 1 small
Green chillies: 3-4
Ginger: 1 small piece
Coriander leaves: a small bunch
Methi Leaves: a small bunch (Optional)
Garam Masala: 1 spoon
Jeera: 1/2 spoon
Salt to taste
Sugar: a pinch
Wheat Flour: 4 cups

1. Wash and peel papaya. Remove the seeds. Grate the papaya. You will need about 2 cups of it for 4 cups of flour.
2. Finely chop onions, green chillies, ginger, Methi leaves and corainder leaves
3. In a mixing bowl, add in wheat flour, grated papaya and chopped onions, green chillies, ginger and corainder leaves. Add jeera, garam masala, a pinch of sugar and salt as per taste.
4. Start mixing the flour with as little water as possible to form a dough for chapathi consistency.
Do not add more water, as the papaya contains lots of fluids in itself.

5. Make equal sized balls of the dough and roll it as usual to form a chapathi. Use little dry flour to help in rolling out the paratha's as the dough may stick to the flat surface.

6. Heat a non-stick pan/tava and roast the paratha's on either side with help of little oil.

Papaya Paratha
is ready! This tastes better when its served hot, right from the pan.
Suggested accompaniments: Thick curds/yogurt, pickles or any gravy items.

This recipe is off to Nags for her AFAM-Papaya. Details can be found here.


Dhivya said...

Hi great dish and nice idea,Thanks for dropping by

Kalpana said...

Heard about this dish from U... Thanks...

Lakshmi said...

Grihini, very innovative way of using raw pappaya. Good Idea. Between you can submit your blog feed at

Asha said...

Lucky you! I haven't eaten raw Papaya since B'lore!! Looks so delicious. If you make the photo 550pixels, you could send this to Bee too for Click!:)

Archy said...

Innovative papaya parata..!! good one !!

Grihini said...

~Dhivya: Thankyou for dropping by and appreciating it. Hope to see u often :)

~ Kalpana, Archy: Thankyou girls. Try this out and let me know how it goes.

~ Lakshmi: Thanks for letting me know about the blog feed. I am there now :)

Asha: Oh! Do u want me to send you one ? :)
And yeah, sure I can send this to CLICK isnt it. Thanks for telling me.

Sig said...

great idea to add papaya to paratha Grihini...

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

gr8 idea to make parathas w/ papaya!! thanx

Sia said...

grihini, this has to be one of the best papaya recipe i have had come across. i dont get raw papayas here only ripe and semi ripe. donno if i can use them to make paratas.

Srivalli said...

very innovative dish!..the parathas look so yummy!

Grihini said...

Sig, Ramya, Sia, Srivalli: Thankyou so much. :)

Ramki said...

Am blogging your paratha as a model recipe in the 1001 Paratha cookbook at

/Thanks for the recipe

Hetal said...

i m hearing it for the first time,looks gr8,will try it.I have recently started my blod,would love to c u on my blogs and get ur suggestions and comments.

Unknown said...

Oh wow, papaya paranthas.....sounds different...must give it a try.