Papaya Recipes- There's no denying the fact that papaya is one of the most nutritious fruits. This bright orange fruit is a regular at most of our breakfast tables. Not just the sweet fruit but its leaves, seeds and flowers have are also used widely for culinary and therapeutic purposes. In her article 'The Miraculous Power of Papaya Flower', food writer Hoihnu Hazel shares, "This vivid memory of my late maternal grandmother comes to mind each time I think of papaya flower. What prompted her to pluck those flowers was a belief that consuming them in the form of a vegetable would help bring down her insulin level."
Papaya's nutritional profile is amazing as it is loaded with most essential minerals and micronutrients important for your body. It is an instant energy booster, is good for digestive ailments and has anti-inflammatory properties. Papaya is full of with antioxidants which help in fighting cell-damaging, cancer-causing free radicals. It is good for the heart, boosts immunity and keeps a check on arthritis. The consumption of raw papaya has long been associated with inducing menstruation and normalizing irregular periods. Papaya when rubbed on skin on a regular basis helps reduce pigmentation and boost skin tone. Papaya leaves are commonly used as a natural remedy to counter dengue.
Papayas are easily available and are used in both forms, raw and ripe. While the raw fruit goes into making a variety of delectable preparations - from curries, halwas, dips and accompaniments to kebabs and pakoras among other preparations. Sweet and ripe papayas are often included in deserts, accompaniments, shakes and smoothies. Papaya is also often used to tenderize meat.
If you are inspired enough but are not sure of where to start from our 11 best recipes will give you a lead. Head this way please.
1. Singzu (Manipuri raw papaya salad)
1 whole raw papaya (medium size, preferably less than half a kg)
2 Tbsp Sesame seeds
2-3 green or red chilies
Fermented dry fish or simply sun-dried fish
Salt to taste
A handful of coriander leaves to garnish
1. Peel the papaya and wash under a running tap
2. Carefully, shred in small pieces. Keep aside
3. Roast the chillis and fermented fish and mash them together to make a paste
4. Add salt. Roast sesame seeds and make a paste when its done
5. Mix all the ingredients in a plate, garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve
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