Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Green Paw Paw Curry

Green paw paw curry is a creamy, vegan curry made with green papaya. This is traditionally served with rice. It tastes great with quinoa too. This curry is very easy to make and thus vegan curry will be loved by everyone alike.

Unripe papayas are called green papayas or green paw paws. Just like it’s ripe counterpart, the green papaya is loaded both vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients. The papain content is more in green papaya and helps is breaking down fat in the body. They have higher protein and higher fiber. This fiber rich papaya helps in keep the digestive system in shape. The amazing raw papaya can be substituted for potato. It is tad sweeter when you make curry. It will be very similar to aloo curry. I usually make salad, this curry, spicy stir-fried curry, or paratha with this veggie. Grab a paw paw and try this amazing vegan curry!

This is a traditional curry from Solomon Islands, Fiji, and other countries in Oceania. This curry is also very popular and often made in Indian subcontinent. This recipe is very similar to Indian style green papaya curry. I followed Global Adventure and Palatable Pastime (Fiji version using coconut cream instead of coconut milk). It tasted exactly like our Indian curry.

I am sharing this post for this week's Blogging Marathon. We are traveling virtually to Oceania and exploring the Oceanic cuisine. 

Serves 4

Thai chili - 2, slit
Onion - 3/4 cup
Raw papaya - 1 lb, peeled, medium diced
Salt - 1 and 1/4 tsp
Curry powder - 1.5 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Water - 3/4 cup
Coconut milk - 3/4 cup
Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
Garlic - 1, finely chopped

Sliced Thai chilies


Heat coconut oil on a medium flame. Sauté onion, garlic, and Thai chili for 3 min until it is translucent. 

Add the curry powder and sauté for a minute.

Add the green papaya chunks, salt, turmeric, and water. Mix well.

Cook covered for 20 minutes.

Stir in the coconut milk, let it simmer for a minute.

Transfer to a bowl, garnish with cilantro and Thai chilies. Serve it warm with rice.


  1. I've never heard of green papaya, but now I want to try it!! Great post - Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!! Have a fabulous weekend. Hope we see you on Sunday!

  2. This is such an excellent dish Radha, I have cooked very little with raw papaya, though it is supposed to be so healthy..good one to bookmark!

    1. Green papaya is very healthy and is easy to cook too. You should try.
      Thanks Srivalli!

  3. I make the Indian style poriyal with grated green papaya butt his coconut milk version too good to pass. Shall keep in mind for when the next raw papaya comes home :)