I’ve never cooked with boppayakaya (green papaya) until I had my son. It is supposed to be really healthy and good for nursing moms. Papaya tastes almost like sorakaya (doodhi) or bengaluru vankaya (chayote squash), but it does not have the crisp texture. Raw papayas can be a little hard to chop, but other than that they are very easy to work it. We get raw papayas in Indian stores and even in the farmers market here in NJ.
Boppayakaya Kura/ Green Papaya Curry
A simple dry curry made with raw green papaya. It is very healthy and delicious dish to serve with either rice or roti.
- 2 tablespoons Oil
- ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds
- ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
- 1 Dry Red Chili, broken
- 6~8 Curry leaves
- 2 Green chilies, slit
- 3 cups Peeled and chopped Raw Green Papaya (1 small raw papaya)
- ¼ teaspoon Turmeric
- ½~1 teaspoon Red Chili powder
- To taste Salt
- 2 tablespoons Sesame seeds*
- 2 tablespoons Peanuts*
- 1 tablespoon Dry grated coconut (unsweetened)
- Heat oil in a medium size sauté pan on medium heat. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and cook for 30 seconds or until the seeds splutter. Add curry leaves and green chilies and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the chopped papaya, turmeric and salt. Cover and cook for 10~12 minutes or until papaya is fork tender.
- In the meantime, in a small saute pan, dry roast sesame seeds and peanuts until golden. Turn off the heat and add dry grated coconut. Let the mixture cool slightly, then grind to a coarse powder.
- Add the sesame-peanut powder to the cooked papaya, mix well and cook for another 3~4 minutes. Serve hot with rice and sambar.
- Pre-cooking papaya expedites the cooking process. Steam or microwave until fork tender and then add to the curry, proceed as per the recipe.
- Boppayakayakura also tastes yummy sautéed with the same way with just some curry powder.
- Sesame-peanut powder is great to use in curries with potlakaya (snake gourd), beerakaya (ridge gourd) or sorakaya (bottle gourd).
- Sesame-Chili powder: Dry roast 1/2 cup sesame seeds with 6 red chilies until they are slightly golden. Grind into smooth powder with little salt.