Friday, January 13, 2012

Spiced Papaya Relish

There are a few flicks that I don't mind watching over and over again ; Good Will Hunting is one of them ! Matt eye-candy Damon  ;;) apart, Robin William as Sean is just WOW; the movie is entertaining & riveting and packs such praise-worthy performances. On a lazy sunday afternoon this movie on its umpteenth view :D kept us enthralled and our comfy lunch of Khichdi & relish just vanished ! 
Now Hubby dearest isn't really in to khichdi (he asserts it is food to be eaten when sick) and I wondered which one of them was outstanding - the movie or the dish that resulted in him devouring the lunch. While hubby chose to ignore my question , me thinks it's the magic from my hearth ;)) that did the trick ! What Say ?


Let's talk about the relish - let's talk papaya ! I  Papaya ; devouring it just like that or cooking with it is always satisfying. When the lunch for the day was decided as Khichdi, I decided to pep up the papaya that had just started ripening, in to a relish with jalapenos, onion & garlic giving it fine company. I remember seeing some program on TLC using papayas in such a manner and my hearth itched to give it a  slightly Indian twist with shallots, garam masala. 


The relish is slightly chunky because the papayas were cubed ,you can give the fruit a quick pulse in the mixer or grate it ! 





Enjoy it as a side-dish to rice/rotis or as a sandwich spread or on toast. 




Verdict :-


The woody fragrance of cinnamon, the pungent mustard, hot n sweet chillis & jalapenos along with the just ripening papayas added a tremendous spice punch to the relish.It tasted phenomenal with Khichdi !


What's in it :-
  • Papaya - 750 grams (peeled,seeded & chopped in to small cubes)
  • Shallots - a fistful - chopped
  • Garlic - 2 large pods- chopped
  • Jalapenos - 5 to 6- chopped
  • Green Chilli - 1 to 2 - optional - for the extra heat
  • Ginger - a small piece - grated
  • Cinnamon Powder - 1 to 1 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • English Mustard - 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp
  • Brown Sugar - little 
  • Lemon Juice - a generous squeeze or two
  • Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 tbsp - optional
  • Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
Here's how :-

In a thick bottomed pan, dribble the oil and as it warms up add the shallots & garlic and let it saute merrily enveloping the kitchen with an aroma divine.
 Now add the chopped jalapenos & the green chilli along with ginger , cinnamon powder & garam masala. Give it a good stir. Add the chopped papaya along with salt & the english mustard. Let it cook for a few minutes till the whole mix comes together gelling well.Sprinkle some brown sugar, add lemon juice and vinegar and let it swirl for a minute or two before taking it off flame. 




Enjoy !


This is off to kalyani's Magic Mingle # 1

27 comments:

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  2. hearty papaya..turned so spicy n looks so yumm

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  3. Delicious and colorful papaya preparation.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  4. Thanks a lot I have a half ripe papaya that got chopped by mistake residing in my fridge. He will meet this end tomorrow. Strangely even I was thinking of khichidi.

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  5. yummy recipe...I will try it soon....This makes me drool..Bookmarking it..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  6. Colorful and tempting..unique recipe,thanks for sharing

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  7. Nice, tongue tickler!!! Just saw GH on the plane - the profanity is intense - Matt Damon was great first time I've seen it fully

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  8. This looks very yummy......Bookmarked.

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  9. colorful,spicy relish is totally new n yummy!!

    Erivum Puliyum

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  10. Super tempting papaya relish..simply inviting.

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  11. this is new and tempting, will try, dont have all ingredients, so will have to think ways to tweak

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  12. lovely...this is actually mouth watering...with the papaya trees...and fans:))...in my house it surely has to be a hit!!

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  13. This looks very appealing, I can almost taste it, your photos are so good.

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  14. my my my !! never saw papaya in this form... Lovely dish Priya, and glad you liked the combo for MM !


    Kalyani
    Sizzling Tastebuds
    Magic Mingle challenge for Jan’12 announced
    Event : Microwave Easy Cooking (MEC)

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  15. A very colorful relish. Loved it. Enough to spice up any meal..! I am announcing Valentines Special – my 1st blog event and a Giveaway.!. Please do be a part of it and send in your recipes..! :)

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  16. I'm just like you, I can go on watching some movies again & again :) I like the sound of this papaya relish, looks good too!

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  17. First time in ur space.....u ve such a.wondrful blog...glad to follow u....dovisit mine if time permits

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  18. New to me. will try for sure .. have papaya at home :)

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  19. No, no I like it chunky...perfect flavors! And yes your hearth is quite magical :)

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  20. 1st time on ur space and liked the use of papaya ..

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  21. Wow Priya,I MUST complement you - You are so talented,got those Indian and International flavors so well together!Apple Cider Vinegar,Shallots,Brown Sugar,Papaya.I am going to note down/bookmark this too!Have a couple of questions:
    1. Do you recommend raw papaya or ripe one for this?Since you have written that the papaya had just started to ripen.
    2. Did you use bottled jalapenos?

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    1. Hi Fahad, Thanks a ton; you can use a raw papaya as well- the flavours will be more pronounced; like I said in the post the papaya i used had just started ripening; so the relish had a slightly sweetish tinge to it !
      No, I did not use bottled jalapenos; u see the chillis used for bhajjis (the one which you deseed & stuff & fry); use them

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