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Som Tam

Som Tam or Som Tum is a green papaya salad recipe that was first made in Laos, Thailand. The name refers to ‘sour pounded’ and the recipe is sour and usually spicy. It is eaten with sticky rice or rice noodles.

Here is the recipe.

Ingredients for Som Tam:

Green Papaya (shredded) – 2 cups

Garlic (chopped) – 2 tsp

Thai Chillies – 3                                                                                   

Jaggery – 2 tbsp

Salt – ½ tsp

Tomatoes (chopped) – 2

Lime juice – 2 tsp

Tamarind juice – 2 tbsp

Peanuts (dry roasted and ground) – 3 tbsp


(Preparation time: 15 minutes; Cooking time: 5 minutes; Serves: 4;)

Soak shredded papaya in cold water for 5 minutes. In the mean time, pound garlic and chillies in a mortar and then add jaggery and salt and pound some more till everything comes together as a dressing. Add tamarind juice to this and keep aside. In another bowl, put chopped tomatoes, lime juice and papaya, add pounded dressing and mix for about 10-12 times to evenly coat shredded papaya. Finally, add roasted and ground peanuts and serve.

(Nutrition value- Energy:142 kcal; Protein: 4.7 g)

Fresh take on the recipe:

Add some papaya while pounding the dressing to get a mixture of great consistency. You may add some finely julienne veggies like carrots, cucumber, red and yellow capsicum and cabbage for a twist in taste. The recipe is a strict no for pregnant women.

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