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


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

  3. Delicious and colorful papaya preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  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.

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

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

  7. This looks very yummy......Bookmarked.

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

    Erivum Puliyum

  9. Super tempting papaya relish..simply inviting.

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

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

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

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

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  14. 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..! :)

  15. 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!

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

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

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

  19. 1st time on ur space and liked the use of papaya ..

  20. 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?

    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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