Raw Papaya Pulusu | Raw Papaya in Sweet and Sour Gravy – an ode to Pedatha

Following my doc’s advice I have been trying to include papaya in my diet. I am just not able to have it in fruit salad on a regular basis. So got some raw papaya this time to make yummy paranthas in breakfast like my granny used to make. Again plans fail and I am left with this little green thing. Comes weekend and hubby as usual wants rice in his lunch. So I decide to give a South Indian treatment to raw papaya and serve it with rice. Mmmm…Tangy sweet gravy poured on rice, some clarified butter drizzled on it and raw papaya bites in between…..what a nice afternoon lunch!  All I need is some poppadoms and the world seems perfect 🙂

I have adapted the gravy  from the book “Cooking at Home with Pedatha (Best Vegetarian Book in the World – Gourmand Winner) (See all Indian Cooking, Food & Wine Books)” the first cookbook I got for myself. What a wonderful book!!! Pedatha has been such an inspiration in my learning years. When I go through her recipes, the first feeling I get is “yeah I can make it. This looks easy”. Simplicity and clarity, both are at its peak when it comes to the presentation of this book.  And the pictures are presented in such a homely way that one cannot resist trying out a recipe. This book is one of my treasured possessions and I have managed to keep it looking brand new 🙂 I have linked to this book on Amazon (Check out top right corner of the page) in case you want to check this out.


Raw Papaya (Before peeling and deseeding) 400 gms
Tamarind pulp 3 tbsp
Sambar powder 2 tbsp
Jaggery 1and1/2 tbsp
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Green chillies 2-4
Oil 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnish

For powder:
Black gram husked (Urad dal) 1 tbsp
Bengal Gram (Chala Dal) 1 tbsp
Sesame seeds 1 tsp

The tempering:
Mustard Seeds 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds 1 tsp
Asafoetida powder 1/4 tsp


  • Peel and cut the papaya into small cubes of about an inch.
  • For the powder , dry roast the grams and sesame until deep brown and grind to a fine powder.
  • Mix this powder with tamarind pulp, sambar powder and jaggery in 2 cups of water. If you do not have a ready made tamarind pulp then drop a lemon sized tamarind bar into hot water and let it soak for at least 15 minutes. Mash it slowly with hands or back of a spoon. Strain and use the pulp.
  • In a pressure cooker, heat the oil. Add mustard. When they splutter add fenugreek seeds. As they turn brown reduce the heat and add asafetida powder. Add curry leaves
  • Add chopped papaya cubes, some water to cover and salt. Cook it open in boiling water till it is tender but not pulpy.
  • Add the prepared gravy, green chillies, turmeric and salt. Close the lid and pressure cook on high till one whistle. Then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the pressure cool down. Serve hot with rice!

The camera battery died as soon the trial clicks started. So putting up what I have :-))

Sending this to event – Flavours of South India hosted at Simply Food and Any one can cook hosted at Taste of the Pearl City:

16 Responses to “Raw Papaya Pulusu | Raw Papaya in Sweet and Sour Gravy – an ode to Pedatha”
  1. Raks says:

    Never cooked papaya, gravy looks so good!

  2. Now Serving says:

    I do cook a lot with papaya, happy that it has so healthy and delicious – This is a wonderful recipe with this awesome fruit 🙂 cheers, priya

  3. Nandini says:

    I’ve rarely cooked with raw papaya! The pulusu looks tempting and delicious!

  4. hi cinnamon and chillies, great papaya dish recipe. first time i come across this.. i like papayas though

  5. deeksha says:

    Raw Papaya sabzi is very new to me. BTW  sounds healthy and tasty. Liked the way  you have prepared it. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hey Sharda, Thanks for visiting and commenting , glad that we would be in touch now…the above receipe looks yummy …and I guess very easy to make …will try this weekend…do you have suggestions for veggie recipes for toddlers…or if there is a corner in your blog where you have posted about this ..let me know 🙂 ..take care for now will catch you again 🙂

  7. Prathima Rao says:

    I too recently got myself this book & immensely happy with it!! This gravy looks mouthwatering & finger licking good :)) Do try & post the raw papaya parathas too sometime :))
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  8. Sadhana says:

    Delicious one Dear, I also have a copy of this book and it surely is very interesting one.

  9. Soujanya says:

    Luv this….from my childhood…my mom used to cook..goes at any time.
    we used to have a papaya tree It used to gve many so my mom usedto cook lot of recipes with this…:)
    urs look simply inviting..

  10. Premalatha says:

    Delicious recipe,luks so tempting…

  11. southindianrecepies says:

    Wow.Papaya pulusu looks inviting and delicious

  12. Umm Mymoonah says:

    I love recipes with raw papaya, this looks very delicious.  Thank you for linking with Any One Can Cook 🙂

  13. Kalyan says:

    Papaya is always good for digestion and the body…this one looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

  14. deeksha says:

    Hey some awards are waiting for you at my space. Pls check.

  15. CinnamonNChillies says:

    Thank you dear friends for all the appreciation and encouragement. I feel truly blessed -)

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