Papaya chutney is amazing fresh chutney from the Gujarati cuisine that is prepared with green papaya and fresh spices. Papaya chutney is a popular dish that is served with Khaman, papdi or fafda. It is a very simple and easy recipe to prepare at home. Freshly made papaya chutney is truly delicious and this can be refrigerated for a day.
Unlike other Indian cuisines, Gujarati cuisine is almost strictly vegetarian traditionally served on big platters accompanied with rice and a variety of wheat breads, curries etc. Geographically Gujarat can be divided into four regions and each area has their speciality of dishes and slight variations in eating habits as per the climactic differences. Northern Gujarat is home to mostly traditional Thali which consists of rice, dal, curry, vegetables, sprouted beans, farsan, pickles, chutney and raita. Here farsans are extremely popular and the dishes are not spicy and oily.
Kathiawar is the other regions popular for Kathiawari food and sweets & desserts made of gur (jaggery). Popular dishes are the Chhundo (hot and sweet shredded mango pickle), Methia masala (made with fenugreek seeds, ground dried chilies, salt and liberally sprinkled over raw vegetables and salads for its piquant flavor. Kutchi food is simple and typically consists of Khichdi, Khaman, Dhokla, Doodhpak and Shrikhand. Lastly in the southern Gujarat region which has plenty of rain and green vegetables and fruits which form the basis of Surati food. The food is simple exceptionally good and a must try veggie dish is called the Undhyoo and Paunk, a tangy dish; this regions is also famous for baked goods like nankhatais, gharis and the saglu baglu mithai.
Chutneys and pickles are very popular and expertly made and spiced to give a excellent taste and flavor. Papaya chutney is nicely blended with spice of green chillies, a little bit sweetness from the sugar and other herbs and spices like coriander leaves, asafetida etc given a fantastic taste and the punch from the zest of lemon juice is not to say as it makes it something to satisfy everyone’s palate.
To prepare this delicious and yummy Papaya chutney, firstly heat little oil and a pan or kadai and add the mustard and cumin seeds. Fry until they sizzle and crackle. Add the slit green chilies and stir well and then add the peeled and coarsely grated raw papaya.
Next add all the other ingredients (sugar, salt, asafetida, coriander leaves), mix well and allow cooking for not more than a minute and then remove from fire. Set this aside to cool and serve with papdi (crispy fried dough wafers made from refined white flour and oil).
Papaya or papita in Hindi is one of the ubiquitous resources from the tropics which have high medicinal qualities and nutritional benefits to health and digestion. Hence do this different variety of chutney and enjoy its taste and flavor. Click on the below link for the detailed recipe:
Papaya chutney is an excellent and simple dish which is delicious when eaten with other curries especially during summer season. A variety of dishes can be made with papaya like the green papaya salad, papaya thoran (papaya cooked with coconut) or papaya paratha and many more.
Ripe papaya is excellent for its health benefits and is a prized fruit which is popularly eaten by many. It is said that Papaya was called “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus and fresh papaya improves digestion and prevents heart disease, arthritis, lung disease, and eye disorders. And with its antioxidants, flavoniods, plus loads of vitamins and minerals, papaya will help you fight off cold and flu viruses and help keep you healthy through the winter. Papaya is high in vitamins C, A, K, E, magnesium, folate, beta carotene and lutein and more.