Papaya Curry

Today’s recipe is that of a papaya curry recipe. While papaya is used in pickles or acharu here, a curry is not so common but my mother likes experimenting with her curries and this turned out delicious. This is also the dish I am sharing for Angie’s Fiesta Friday #2.

Papaya Curry

Time taken: 20 mins

Serves 3

Papaya curryIngredients:

  • Papaya, half-ripe – 1 cup, chopped
  • Onion – ½
  • Capsicum/ Malu miris – 1
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cloves and Cinnamon – 1 tsp, crushed powder
  • Crushed chillies – 1 tsp
  • Lime – 1 ½
  • Sugar – 1 tbsp
  • Low fat oil – 1 tbsp


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and lightly fry the chopped onion, malu miris and fennel seeds for 2 minutes.
  2. Then, add the chopped papaya, crushed chillies and the crushed cloves and cinnamon powder to the pan, together with ¼ cup of water.  Cover and cook for about 5 minutes.
  3.  Squeeze and add the juice from 1 ½ limes and the sugar to the pan. Mix well and cook for another 5 minutes. Add a little water if the liquid dries up before that.
  4. Serve with rice.

Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan.

17 thoughts on “Papaya Curry

  1. Ahila, your recipes are always so unique! This sounds delicious and healthy. Papaya is very nutritious, I read, but I don’t enjoy it as much as other fruits. Don’t know why. Maybe cooking it in a curry like this will change my mind. Thanks for sharing this at Fiesta Friday! XOXO

    • Thank you, Angie 🙂 Actually, till very recently, I could not stand papaya and now I have learnt to tolerate it. I liked this curry though because the papaya that is used is not too ripe so the flavour is interesting. Have a lovely week!

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  3. Hello! Visiting through Fiesta Friday. This recipe sounds delicious! I’ve tried sales and curries with green mango and watermelon, and a papaya salad, looks like this curry will be next!

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