Green Papaya Kosambari

It was an odd day. We bought green papaya thinking it was red sweet papaya. When cut open, realized that it was really a “green” papaya and not a red papaya. Not going to waste such pretty fruit, I prepared all-raw papaya kosambari by adding mung bean sprouts, onion, tomato and green chilli. Green papaya has cucumber like taste and made a fine appetizer to our afternoon meal.

Green Papaya
Green Papaya

Green Papaya Kosambari
(makes 4 servings)

Green Papaya – 1 small fruit. Half is enough for this recipe.
Red onion or shallot – 1
Green tomato – 1
Green chilli – 1
Mung sprouts – 1 cup
Salt to taste
Lime Juice to taste
Few coriander leaves

Cut green papaya and remove the seeds. Peel the skin. Cut the white flesh to bite sized cubes. About 2 cups.

Finely chop onion, tomato and green chilli.

Take them in a big cup. Add mung bean sprouts and coriander leaves. Sprinkle salt and lime juice. Combine. Serve.

© Recipe and Photos Copyright 2009 Indira Singari.

Papaya Kosambari
Papaya Kosambari ~ for Meal Today

Kosambari: Indian equivalent to western salad. Usually prepared with raw ingredients.

17 Comments

  • By Siri, May 7, 2009 @ 10:18 pm

    that’s a smart idea to use raw papaya Indira :) healthy and yummy too.

    Siri

  • By Divya Vikram, May 7, 2009 @ 11:01 pm

    Neat healthy recipe!

  • By Preethi, May 7, 2009 @ 11:04 pm

    healthy n simple! Great idea!!

  • By Nirmala, May 8, 2009 @ 12:12 am

    This is a meal by itself. Amma makes a kootu out of raw papaya but its very rare in our kitchen. The combo of mung sprouts makes it really healthy Indira!

  • By Padmaja, May 8, 2009 @ 8:40 am

    Indira,

    there is a Vietnamese movie called “Scent of a Green Papaya”. if you haven’t seen it you should. The cooking scenes are awesome, reminded me of hanging around the outdoor cooking area in my grandparents home. Anyway, one of the main characterin the movie uses a very rustic way to julienne the green papaya which would be perfect for your kosumbari.

  • By Kalyani, May 8, 2009 @ 9:16 am

    Very healthy recipe and a new recipe with green papaya indira ……

  • By Anuhya, May 8, 2009 @ 10:26 am

    Recently from last year i started cooking raw papaya with some legumes like white batani or black chickpeas…it tastes more or less like sorakaya kura…just takes a little longer to cook….
    kosambari is a gr8 idea too

  • By Cilantro, May 8, 2009 @ 10:33 am

    Healthy salad. We normally make kootu with them. I usually grate them for salads or curd pachadi.

  • By Balu, May 8, 2009 @ 12:50 pm

    try a drizzle of Olive oil and crushed black pepper on this salad, it tastes amazing.

    Thai cuisine has a green papaya salad, one of my fav thai foods :)

    Thanks Indira garu

  • By Le, May 8, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

    never tried raw green papaya!:(

  • By Madhavi, May 8, 2009 @ 4:27 pm

    Curry with green papaya was a regular at our home, in my childhood days! Never tried raw papaya though!

  • By Indira, May 8, 2009 @ 4:47 pm

    Thank you all for tasty papaya like comments.

    Nirmala: Love the papaya kootu. I made it last year for the first time. Good food.

    Padmaja: Sounds like a tasty movie.:) Will add it to the netflix queue.

    Balu: My favorite Thai food too.
    Thanks for the suggestions.

    Le: I think you are going to like it. Give it a try.

  • By Kay, May 8, 2009 @ 5:51 pm

    Indira, This salad looks so yummy!!! I’ve read about green papaya being used for kurma or kootu, esp. when there’s no veggies at home. Never tried it myself. We had 2-3 papaya trees at home and I never gave it a second thought until I moved to N.America. It used to be one of the fruits I hated – mainly because of the smell. Now, I adore these yummilicious fruits. A few months ago, I ended up paying more than 10 bucks for one papaya and sure, my mom had a blast, laughing at me. Serves me right, I guess!

  • By Regil, May 8, 2009 @ 5:54 pm

    Hi Indira,
    Its a great and healthy salad.Doing a nice job.Keep it up

  • By lsrilalitha, May 8, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

    Raw Papaya is good Post pregnancy fruit. It helps in retaining body heat.

  • By Janani, May 12, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

    Hi Indira:

    How are you? Hope all is well..Does Kittaya like his grandparents LOL

    Hey my mom makes a Thai-style green papaya salad out of a recipe we got out of Sailu’s food. Its addictive! DO give it a try. And I make pappu out of it using your pappu recipe. That comes out amazing too. When pressure cooked it has a superb sweetish taste .

  • By pavithra, May 13, 2009 @ 1:00 am

    This is lookin so good and yummy.. I have used i n kootu and other curries but this sounds good and i will sure try this next time

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