This is a delicious quick and instant raw papaya salad that has a dressing and topped with a tempering that is filled with deliciousness!

Perfect starter or side to an asian meal!

The Recipe


  • 2 raw papayas, thick grated
  • ¼ cup toasted peanuts, chopped
  • few torn thai basil leaves
  • Dressing:
  • 3 tbsp soya sauce
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • Tempering:
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 dry red chili, broken up
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 10-15 curry leaves (kadi patta)


  • Whisk the dressing together and set aside
  • Grate the papaya and toss with the dressing and basil
  • Do the tempering on medium heat, starting with oil and mustard seeds with red chili
  • Once the mustard seeds sizzle, add the curry leaves and sesame seeds
  • Allow the leaves to crisp up and sesame seeds turn red
  • Set the tempering aside for a few minutes to cool down
  • The pour over the salad and stir well
  • Taste for balance of sour, sweet and spice
  • Add the toasted peanuts
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve

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