Friday 14 October 2016

Kerala Style Raw Papaya Stir Fry / Green Papaya Thoran / Omakka Thoran

Raw(green)papaya / Omakka (in Malayalam) / Papalikkai (in Tamil) is a rich source of dietary fibre, in addition to Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Folate.

Regular consumption of this nutritious vegetable will be helpful in reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and digestive tract disorders. 

Though we eat papaya fruit regularly since childhood, raw papaya as a vegetable and that it can be cooked as a tasty & healthy dish is something non known to many. 

Raw papaya is crunchy and tastes more like cabbage. 

I learnt this recipe from my friend Sindhu Menon; thank you Sindhu! 

Try this; you will like it!

Note: Pregnant women should consult with a doctor before eating raw papaya.

15 min
25 mins
Recipe for Raw papaya stir fry
Recipe type: Snacks
Cuisine: Kerala
Serves: 3 to 4 (approximately)

Raw papaya - 1 small
Onion - 1(finely shopped)
Salt - as required

To grind:
Grated coconut - ¼ to ½ cup
garlic - 2 to 3
Cumin seeds - ½ tsp
Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

For seasoning:
Coconut oil - 2 to 3 tsp
Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
Urad dhal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 or 2 sprigs


Peel the skin and remove the seeds if any.   Grate it or chop it into very fine pieces.
Grind grated coconut, garlic, cumin seeds, turmeric powder and red chilli powder into coarse paste without adding water.
Heat oil in a kadai; add mustard seeds, urad dhal and curry leaves.

After it crackles, add chopped onion.  Fry till onion becomes translucent.

Add the grated papaya and salt.  Mix well.
Close the pan with lid and cook in a low flame till the raw papaya is cooked.   If needed just sprinkle water.

Once it is done, add grounded coconut paste.  Mix well and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes in low flame.

Switch off the gas. Serve as a accompaniment along with rice.


Adjust the spice level to suit your taste buds.

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