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Papaya Salad (Thai Somtam)

Prep Time

20 minutes

Prep Notes

  • Soak tamarind in water, squeeze the pulp out.
  • String grate raw papaya
  • String grate carrots
  • Roast raw peanuts

Cooking Time

10 minutes


4 Servings


  • 1 cup string grated raw papaya
  • 1/2 cup string grated carrot
  • 4 strings of long beans cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 big tomato cut into 6 pieces
  • A handful of roasted peanuts
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp palm sugar
  • 1/2 cup tamarind pulp
  • 2 small green chilies


  • In a pounder (khrok in Thai), pound the chilis
  • Add the beans and peanuts and pound for a minute
  • Add the tomatoes, mix well
  • Pour in the tamarind pulp, soy sauce and palm sugar
  • Lightly pound, mixing well
  • Add the raw papaya, pound lightly while swirling around with a spoon in the other hand
  • Add the carrot pound further while swirling with the other hand
  • Serve with any dish as a salad


  • Soy sauce can be replaced with sea salt
  • Lemon juice can be used along with tamarind pulp, as per taste
  • Peanuts can be replaced with sunflower seeds

December 4, 2019



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