|Green papaya curry|
When it comes to Asian food I am first in line - to eat, and last - to cook. So far I've mastered stir-fries and a curry dish, that vary to what is available in refrigerator and a few cans: coconut milk, curry paste, and straw mushrooms sometimes.
When I read a recipe, I am often intimidated by a long list of ingredients and unfamiliar names. Needless to say, I make a curry dish just a few times a year, and only one that I've somewhat succeeded.
Last Saturday The Husband was off and we went to the local Farmer's Market, and spent the whole $12 on fresh cabbage, new potatoes, herbs, green peas, and leafy greens. Not bad, if you ask me.
On the way home we stopped at now our favorite Mexican La Hacienda just to explore.
Then we bumped into a big Asian Market, where we spent about an hour: we were like a little kids in a candy store. Colorful inviting packages of products we had no idea what they were left us feeling childish as we were taking turns guessing what's in it. We ended up buying a few things, including shredded green papaya. We decided to try it after we watched Anthony Bourdain's episode in Vietnam.
Plan A: to start with curry paste from a can and just add all other ingredients until it's all done. Upon opening, the can content was less then appealing so it had to be disposed.
Plan B: cook grated ginger, garlic and curry powder, then add coconut milk and other ingredients, which in this case were potatoes from the market, shredded green papaya, and a can of straw mushrooms. I cooked it until potatoes were done and served hot with some brown rice and sprouts.
All together ingredients married well, including papaya, that added crunch to the dish.
When table was set up, I called everyone: "Hurry to the table! Hurry, hurry, here comes papaya curry!"
Have you cooked with green papaya?
How did you prepare it, and what is the best way to eat it?
We love Anthony Bourdain too! But no. haven't done anything with green papya. We have a wonderful Asian and world market that has everything, but like you, we have little experience with cooking Asian food. But I love a great curry! Your dish looks good!ReplyDelete
I love Bourdain, too. I have never cooked with or even seen any type of papaya except the sweet fruit we eat fresh and raw.ReplyDelete
I love the regular papaya that we eat fresh too, but this one has a different taste and texture.Delete
Awesome clicks.... N yummy curry...ReplyDelete
I find myself always learning about Asian cuisines. Until recently I had only eaten Vietnamese but I now love cooking it. Your curry looks fantastic! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Lorraine! Vietnamese cuisine probably is one of our favorites (from what we tried out here).Delete
I do not have experience cooking with green papaya. Looking forward to reading what others are saying and how they are using the product.ReplyDelete
It seems that not many cooks use it in their kitchens.Delete
I have a wonderful green papaya salad recipe - now you've got me itching to go to the Asian market! Love this curry - it sounds delicious!ReplyDelete
It can be eaten raw?Delete
Unfortunately I have never tried cooking with green papaya so I can't help in this department. I guess it's because of shortage of asian markets around my town. But to be quite frank I know your story. I love asian and oriental food, but if I am to cook I'm less willing because of the loooooong ingredients list :-/ReplyDelete
Hello friend! I am glad I am not alone...:)Delete
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm yummi yumi. I so love there dish, I got all the ingredients. so what I am waiting for ?ReplyDelete
Hugs and kisses
Do you cook with green papaya often? What are the other uses of it?Delete
I have never cooked green papaya. Interesting green color.ReplyDelete
I love Japanese stir fry and have tried to make it several times for my family. My ingredients were chicken, rice, zucchini, onions, oil, butter and soy sauce. It was good but not as tasty as at the restaurant.
I know what you mean, Sheila. They add something in the restaurants that makes it different.Delete
Very exotic! I don't know papaia very well but surely you have made an excellent dish here.ReplyDelete
Thanks Alida! For someone who didn't know what I was doing, you words are a kind compliment.Delete
No, I never tried this...assian food is still a mistery for me :)ReplyDelete
Oh dear, it is still a big mystery to me too!Delete
what a cool and exciting combination! I would have never thought of it! Shame on me! I love it though and can't wait to try thisReplyDelete
Thank you! Do you use green papaya in cooking often?Delete
haha I agree with you about the curry paste in a can! I like your version!ReplyDelete
Yes, I guess I won't bother anymore buying canned curry.Delete
We have so many wonderful fruits in Florida but papaya is one I didn't know what to do with when I bought it! lol I'll have to keep your recipe! Thanks!ReplyDelete
Thanks Diane! I will have to explore more with green papaya. I need to try it raw too.Delete
you did a stella job with this curry yumReplyDelete
I've never used green papaya or made a curry like this but I've eaten some and I love them... why do I always read your blog when I'm hungry? :)ReplyDelete
:) You are so cute! I love the usual papaya very much, but this one has a different texture and taste.Delete
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