Tuesday, December 21, 2010

SOM TAM- the green papaya salad

This is one is from Thailand, made from Raw Papaya.. SOM TAM which literally means 'sour pounded' is a spicy salad that originated in Laos and the Isan region of north east Thailand. Som Tam is usually served with sticky rice or Thai Rice Noodles.

mortar and pestle
2 cups shredded green papaya
2 tsp chopped garlic
3 small Thai chillies
2 tbsp jaggery
1/2 tsp salt
2 tomatoes chopped
2 tsp lime juice
2 tbsp tamarind juice
3 tbsp ground peanuts (dry roasted)

Soak shredded papaya in cold water for 5 min.
Put the garlic and chillies in a mortar and pound with a pestle, adding a pinch of papaya to help mix the garlic and chilly together.
Add the jaggery and salt and pound for some more time ensuring that everything is well mixed. keep aside
In another bowl, put the chopped tomatoes, lime juice and remaining papaya.
Add the garlic and chilly dressing, mixing about 10 to 15 min to evenly coat the papaya without causing the papaya to disintegrate.

Add the ground peanuts, mix and serve.
SOM TAM- the Green Papaya Salad

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