Healthier Green Papaya Salad (ส้มตำไทย)
If you have visited Thailand and walked along the street, you would have noticed the every street food and every market in Thailand have the papaya salad vendors with different types of papaya salad.
It is the food that most of the Thais can eat every day especially girls and women.
Today, healthythairecipes would like to introduce to you a papaya salad, Central Thai version (every region in Thailand has its own papaya salad style).
Green papaya salad is a pretty healthy food. It has no fat unless you add peanuts and / or dried shrimp. In the regular recipe, it uses granulated white sugar or palm sugar in the papaya salad, but I chose to use stevia instead.
- • 2 cups of shredded green papaya. (yellow papaya won’t work with this recipe, I don’t recommend using it!)
- • 5 cherry tomatoes cut in halves.
- • ½ cups of green beans, cut them about 1 – 1½ inches.
- • 1 lime juice.
- • 1½ TBSP fish sauce.
- • 1 – 3 Thai chili. (for medium spicy.)
- • 1-2 cloves of garlic. (as an option, raw garlic has a very strong odor, if you don’t like it then you can skip the garlic.)
- • Pinch of Stevia.
- • 1½ TBSP unsalted peanut.
- Place garlic, Thai chili, and green beans in the mortar crush those ingredients with pestle. (Don’t worry about mortar and pestle! If you don’t have them there is no need to buy them , you can put those ingredients in a Ziplock bag and use a rolling pin to crush them. If you like your papaya salad spicy, then crush those chilies as hard as you can, but if you like it mild to medium, then please spare them.
- Add the shredded papaya salad and the rest of the ingredients in the mortar. (Again, if you don’t have the tool, you can use a mixing bowl instead and use gloves to mix all the ingredients together.)
- Mix all the ingredients together. Make sure that you mix and crush them well. This is how the green papaya, green beans, and tomatoes get all flavors. (Tip! I like to crush the tomatoes because I want the juice from the tomatoes, especially cherry tomatoes, and this way you may not need any sugar or Stevia in the salad because the tomato juice gives some sweetness.)
- Place the papaya salad on a plate and sprinkle the unsalted peanuts on top. You can serve this dish with some vegetables such as green cabbage wedges, green leaf lettuce, or iceberg lettuce.