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Papaya Salad
Thai
Side
30 mins
Vegetables/vegetarian
Easy
Serves
2

Even if you’ve never been to Thailand, we're sure you’ve heard of Papaya Salad – the world-renowned Thai spicy salad. It's a staple for Thai people and our co-founder Saiphin has been eating it since she was young.  It's our equivalent of an English Sunday roast, except we Thais would eat it every day. You could say that most people grew up with the taste of shredded green papaya. When you order this dish in Thailand, most people often specify how many chillies they want. For Rosa's team, it's always starting from two or three to make it really fiery!

Recipe courtesy of
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts or cashew nuts
  • 1-10 red bird’s eye chillies (depending on how brave you are)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons sustainable palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 2 green beans, cut into 2.5cm (1 inch) pieces
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce (or 2 teaspoons salt)
  • 1⁄2 medium green (raw) papaya, peeled and shredded (use swede if you can't find green papaya)
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons dried shrimp (leave out if you can't find)
Method
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Method
  1. In a small, dry frying pan, toast the peanuts over a medium heat until golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside. (There’s also a ready-toasted alternative you can find in the supermarkets).
  2. Coarsely smash the chillies and garlic together using a pestle and mortar. If you don't have a pestle and mortar, you can crush everything with a knife and combine everything in a salad bowl.
  3. Add the palm sugar, beans and tomatoes. Lightly pound to combine.
  4. Add the lime juice and fish sauce. Mix well until palm sugar is completely dissolved.
  5. Add the green papaya and carrot. Toss to combine. The taste should be sweet and salty, with a sharp, sour and spicy tang.
  6. Spoon the salad into a serving bowl, sprinkle over with the toasted peanuts, and enjoy

The Pass was created to help the many people now struggling to feed themselves and their families as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. If you like or use this recipe, please consider making a small donation to Hospitality Action to help those whose livelihoods have all but disappeared.

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