Month: July 2017

Thai Raw Papaya Salad


Grated Raw Papaya – 2 cups
Grated Carrot – 1/2 cup
Blanched Green beans – 1/4 cup
Finely chopped coriander leaves
Finely chopped thai basil
Finely chopped garlic cloves – 2 to 3
Finely chopped bird eye chillies – 1 to 2

For Dressing:
Tamarind Pulp – 1 tbsp
Soya Sauce – 1 tsp
Honey – 1/2 tbsp
Salt to taste

For Garnish:
Roasted and slightly crushed peanuts


Use serrated peeler to grate raw papaya and carrots.

Mix grated carrots,blanched beans and grated papaya together.
Mix all the ingredients for the dressing.

In a large mortar , add finely chopped chillies and garlic.
Crush them a little with help of a pestle.

Add little of grated vegetable mixture and muddle it slightly.
Add little dressing ,little of the vegetable mixture in installments and muddle the salad .

Finely add the rest of the dressing and chopped Thai basil and coriander leaves and mix well.

Garnish with peanuts.

Note: If bird eye chillies are not available, we can use green chillies.


Mint Pulao


BasmatiRice/Kolam Rice – 2 cups
Onion – 1 big
Carrots – 2
Green Peas – 1 cup
Cumin Seeds – 1.5 tsp
Bay leaves – 2
Cloves – 2
Oil – 3 tsp

For Paste:
Mint leaves – 1 cup
Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup
Grated Coconut – 1 cup
Cinnamon – 1/2 inch
Cloves – 2
Cardamom – 3 to 4
Green chillies – 2
Garlic Cloves – 4 to 5
Ginger – 1/2 inch
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Sugar – 1/2 tsp

For Garnish:
Lemon juice – Juice of 1 lime
Fried Cashew nuts


Wash and cook rice till they are soft and each grain is separated.

Grind all the ingredients under “For Paste” with little water into a smooth paste.

Slice onions .Slice Carrots into long thin pieces.

Heat Oil in a large pan. Once hot, add Cumin seeds,Cloves,Bay leaves and fry for few seconds.
Add Sliced onions and fry till Onions turn brown.
Add Carrots and green peas.
Add salt and sprinkle little water.
Cover and cook till vegetables are half done.

Add the ground paste and little water. Cook till raw smell of the paste goes away.It make take anywhere between 8 to 10 minutes.

Add the rice and mix well.
Cook covered in a very low flame till all moisture goes away and rice becomes nice and fluffy.

Switch off the stove. Add lemon juice and fried cashew nuts and mix well.

Serve this rice with raita or plain yogurt.