Papaya / Omakka Curry

Papaya Curry

Ingredients (Serves 5)

1. Papaya – 1 medium-small, peeled, seeded and cut into medium cubes

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – To taste

Water – 1 – 1.5 cup or as required

2. Grated coconut – 1 cup

Cumin seeds / jeerakam – 1/4 tsp

Garlic – 2 small

Green chilly – 1

To season

3. Coconut oil – 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 3/4  tsp

Dried red chilies – 2, broken

Shallots – 2 – 3, thinly sliced

Curry leaves – A few


1. Grind the grated coconut along with cumin seeds, garlic, green chilly and little water to a fine paste.

2.  Combine papaya along with the other ingredients numbered 1 in a pressure cooker. Cook for 1 – 2 whistles until done. Open the cooker and mash the papaya pieces lightly. Add ground coconut mixture and mix well. If the gravy is very thick, add some hot water. Cook for a few minutes over medium-low heat until the raw taste of coconut is completely gone. Switch off.

3. Heat coconut oil in a small pan. Splutter mustard seeds and fry dried red chilies until brown. Add shallots and fry until golden. Add curry leaves and stir for a few seconds. Switch off. Pour this over the curry. Keep covered for 10 minutes. Serve with rice and other side-dishes.

Omakka Curry

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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