Green Papaya Curry

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This Green Papaya Curry is so incredibly delicious, chunks of green papaya cooked in a flavorful aromatic coconut curry sauce.

Green Papaya Curry

I decided to prepare green papaya curry to highlight this versatile tropical fruit. I mostly eat papaya alone, in a Smoothie, or in a Fruit Salad. If you haven’t tried papaya as yet then you want to see this article to find out What Is Papaya?

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Green Papaya Curry

Green papaya is the unripe fruit of the papaya, originally from Central America but it is now grown in tropical regions of the world throughout the Caribbean and even here in Florida. 

My first recollection of eating green papaya was when my mom used it as a meat tenderizer for stews. I later had it when I visited the Island of Antigua when it was prepared boiled in salted water and served as a vegetable side dish. 

Green papaya is popular in many Asian cuisines where it is prepared as a salad, in stews, braised. I decided to make a Jamaican-style Curry with It that turned out so flavorful. 

Green papaya is sold in most major supermarkets, Caribbean and Asian supermarkets. it is usually sold when the skin is green or yellow-green. 

After purchasing papaya, you will need to store it in the refrigerator to prevent it from turning ripe if you do not intend to prepare the curry right away. However, if you leave it on a dry counter for a couple of days. The skin will turn to yellow color with orange flesh. 

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Some Of The Health Benefits Of Green Papaya 

I also had to emphasize the amazing health benefits of green papaya. It contains more papain a digestive enzyme that helps to break down protein in the body than ripe papaya. Papain helps to improve digestion. 

Green papaya contains a good source of fiber and latex which help wastes to pass from the colon easier.y 

Carotenoids are found in papaya, they are converted by the body into Vitamin A. Vitamin A boosts eye health, prevents macular degeneration. 

Green Papaya Curry Ingredients

  • Green Papaya
  • Coconut Oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Green Onion
  • Thyme
  • Curry Powder
  • Turmeric
  • Cumin
  • Coconut Milk
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Scotch Bonnet Pepper

How To Make Papaya Curry?

  1. Cut the papaya in half lengthwise, using a sharp knife peel the thin green skin off the papaya,
  2. Scoop out the white immature seeds (optional). Cut the papaya into approximately 1/2 inch cubes. Set aside
  3. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. 
  4. Add garlic, ginger, green onion, thyme, and cook for a minute stirring. 
  5. Add the curry powder, turmeric, cumin and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. 
  6. Stir in the papaya cubes to coat. Add coconut milk, water, salt, and pepper. 
  7. Bring the curry to a boil, reduce heat to simmer for 25-30 minutes, mash some of the papayas.
  8. Serve with cooked brown rice or quinoa. 

Other Amazing Curry Recipes To Try

  1. Kidney Bean Curry
  2. Okra Curry
  3. Chocho Curry
  4. Cauliflower Curry
  5. Turnip Curry

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 130 kcal / 543 kJ
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Carbs: 0 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 30 min
  • Ready in: 40 min
For: 4 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut the papaya in half lengthwise, using a sharp knife peel the thin green skin off the papaya,
  2. Scoop out the white immature seeds (optional). Cut the papaya into approximately 1/2 inch cubes. Set aside
  3. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. 
  4. Add garlic, ginger, green onion, thyme, and cook for a minute stirring. 
  5. Add the curry powder, turmeric, cumin and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. 
  6. Stir in the papaya cubes to coat. Add coconut milk, water, salt, and pepper. 
  7. Bring the curry to a boil, reduce heat to simmer for 25-30 minutes, mash some of the papayas.
  8. Serve with cooked brown rice or quinoa. 
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Andrea Brown
    October 25, 2020

    Hi Michelle,
    I absolutely love your recipes and have tried a few of them. However, I always find it very difficult to print them. They always come out jumbled and I have never had this problem printing from other sites. Is there something you can do to fix it? I would appreciate it.

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    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      October 26, 2020

      Hello Andrea, my web developer is working on the issue. For me, it printed perfectly so it is mind bugging that this has been happening. Right now what I do, because I’m working on creating videos for some of the recipes. I copy and paste the recipe in Google Docs and print. Trust me having to do work around step is frustrating, but I would rather the issue gets fixed properly. Also, my recipes are tested and taste great, so I know my readers are understanding that I have their best interests at heart so it will be resolved as soon as possible.

  2. Antonio La Greca
    October 19, 2020

    Not sure what amount of water and coconut milk. It just says add coconut milk and water. The Ingredient say one can substitute 1/2 cup coconut milk instead of Coconut Oil. ??