Raw Papaya is one of nature's most abundant sources of plant enzymes. It possesses antiseptic qualities and helps prevent the abnormal proliferation of undesirable bacteria in the intestines. Raw papaya or Amrutabhanda in Odia has several benefits for skin and our health..In Odisha Amrutabhanda is a daily vegetable in every kitchen..This particular recipe is my favorite from my Mom's kitchen..so try it and enjoy...:-)
- Raw papaya (amrutabhanda) - 1 small, cut in to cubes
- Onion - 1 small, chopped
- Garlic - 6 flakes, minced
- Ginger - 1/2'', minced
- Curd - 2 tbsp, beaten
- Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
- Coriander powder - 1 tsp
- Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
- Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
- Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
- Pancha phutana/Panch phoron - 1/2 tsp
- Pinch of sugar
- Salt to taste
- Coriander Leaves
- Heat oil in a pan and fry the papaya cubes by adding little salt in medium flame for 5 minutes by stirring in between.Remove the papaya cubes in a plate and keep aside.
- In the pan add little more oil and add panch phoron, when it started spluttering, add chopped onions and fry them until light pink in color.
- Add garlic, ginger and all the spice powders except garam masala. Cook by adding little water to the masalas in medium-low flame for 3-4 minute.
- Add fried papaya cubes to the masala and keep stirring till all the masalas coat papaya cubes properly.
- Now switch off the flame and mix beaten curd to the papaya cubes.
- Add water with a pinch of sugar and cook the papaya cubes in low-medium flame by covering the lid until the papaya cubes become soft.
- Now add garam masala and salt to taste. Cook till all the water evaporates from the curry. Do not cover the lid at this point.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with any rice or roti items...enjoy..:-)
- You can add potato and carrot cubes to this curry according to your choice.
- If you want then you can replace curd with tomato paste, but taste will be different.