Pappalikkai Poriyal | Raw Papaya Poriyal

I was thinking that there is nothing to prepare with raw papaya except tutti frutti but no longer after coming across this recipe. This recipe by Chef Dhanalakshmi was published in a series named ‘Kitchen Show’ in ‘Ananda Vikatan’ about 12 years ago. We have tried many recipes of that series at home. Some of those recipes have even made it to our regular menu list.

I always wanted to keep my post description short and informative as I don’t want to bore you all with a lengthy description 🙂 This post is going to be an exception. So please bear with me. But I am sure this is going to be interesting.

raw-papaya-poriyalChef Dhanalakshmi speaks about celebrities who visit the restaurant where she was working. Look what she has to tell about Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. His food preference is another proof of his simplicity.
vikatan_drapjabdukkalamThe long and the short of it for those who don’t know tamil…During his first visit to Kalpakkam Atomic Power Station as the President of India, a variety of South Indian dishes, Pasta, Noodles, Pizza and non vegetarian dishes were prepared and served by Taj. But he liked and had only curd rice with mor milagai (buttermilk-soaked, sun-dried green chillies which are fried in oil). She has mentioned about another occasion when there was a tea party arranged for Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Many VIPs including 
Dr. Kalaignar M Karunanidhi attended that party. A variety of samosas, cookies and cakes were served with tea. But our simple ex-president had only ginger-cardamom tea and did not even taste anything else.

When I was in the ninth standard, my friends and I decided to send Tamil New Year greetings to Dr.Kalam. We spoke about this to our principal Sr.Lathis and she agreed. I was really blessed with the opportunity to write that letter. I also drew a bouquet. The letter was signed by all our class friends and mailed. We were really shocked when we got a reply from him. Even in his busy schedule, he considered our letter which was so insignificant. Nobody else would have done that. He asked us to plant more trees and educate at least 5 illiterates. I am happy that I have lived in the period of one of the most loved and respected personalities of this country. Let us go to our recipe now 🙂

Strawberry is the only fruit that has its seeds on the outside.

Cuisine : Indian – Tamilnadu
Category : Side dish for rice
Serves : 4

Preparation Time : 10 min
Cooking Time : 15-20 min


Chop the raw papaya & cook till soft in salted water → Grind pepper, red chillies & garlic coarsely → Heat oil in a pan → Add mustard, chopped onions, turmeric powder, ground masala one by one → Saute till raw smell disappears → Add cooked papaya → Mix well & serve.


  • 1 medium size Raw Papaya
  • 2 Onions
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Salt as required
  • Water

  To grind coarsely:

  • 1 tsp Pepper Corns
  • 2 Red Chillies
  • 2 big cloves Garlic

1. Peel, deseed and chop the raw papaya.
2. Add water, salt and cook till they are soft. Strain the water and set the papaya aside.
3. Grind pepper, red chillies and garlic coarsely.
4. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard and wait till it splutters. Add chopped onions and saute till they turn translucent.
5. Add the ground masala and turmeric powder. Saute till the raw smell disappears.
6. Now add the cooked vegetables. Mix well and serve with rice.


  • You can use the same method to prepare chow chow. You can also try with any other vegetables of your choice.
  • Grated coconut can be added at last if you want.

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