Monday, 24 January 2011

Som Tam /Som Tum

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Hi!

Today I share an excellent salad which is very popular in Thailand and one should try and taste it to know why. ‘Green Papaya Salad’ or Som Tam  is a beautifully unique and flavour-filled dish that will make a great impression. It’s so healthy, high on fibre, low in calories, very high in taste and eating satisfaction, helping you stay slim. This salad recipe is crunchy-delicious, whether served as a side dish/appetizer, or as the main course. It is normally served with the sticky rice but I had a bowl of it without any accompaniments.

I have tried to veganize the preparation, the original recipe asks for the use of shrimp paste and fish sauce which I have surely avoided here but one is free to use them if they like. These sauces add to the saltiness of the salad for which I have used soy sauce.The slightly tart flavour of the green papaya combines well with the spice of green chillies and the saltiness of soy sauce, plus the sweetness of honey/sugar.

Ingredients

3 cups green papaya grated

1 medium tomato deseeded and cut into strips

4-5 green chillies finely chopped

about 3 tbsp coriander finely chopped

2-1/2 tbsp lemon juice

about 1/2-1 tbsp tamarind pulp

2 tsp sugar/honey

1 tsp light soy sauce

salt to taste

about 1/2 cup crushed roasted peanut

Method

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Mix all the ingredients and chill for about an hour before for the flavours to get mixed and imbibed by  the papaya. One can adjust the spiciness, tanginess and sweetness as per their taste.

 

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Sending this to my event ‘Only’ Salad,  guest hosted by Prathibha.

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21 comments:

Now Serving said...

That looks purrfectly delicious!!I will surely try that! Although getting green papaya here might be a bit iffy!

Catherine said...

Looks beautiful and delicious.

Pushpa said...

Yummy refreshing salad..

Priya (elaichii) said...

I've never tasted this salad, but tempted to taste it now!

Khaugiri said...

Luv the salad...peanuts in salad sounds similar like Koshimbir...will give a try ....

Raina said...

Oh wow! That looks beautiful. I have never seen a salad like this. It sounds incredibly delicious:)

Prathibha said...

Even I love this salad...looks completely yummy..I even add grated raw mango to it...thx for sending this 2 our event..he he..:)
send me d other salad entry also na.

Santosh Bangar said...

colouful delicious salad

Priya said...

Such a beautiful salad, am yet to try this THai salad..

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks healthy and delicious dear..
nice clicks :)

Gouri Guha said...

Looks great, never tasted this, will try...

Umm Mymoonah said...

I just love the hot chilli Thai flavour in this crunchy and nutty salad.

Smitha said...

thai salad in a lettuce bowl looks too tempting! yummy!


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Suja Sugathan said...

Wow this green papaya salad looks so yummy.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Looks so colorful and healthy

Kairali sisters said...

I love Thai cuisine and this is a wonderful salad..Awesome ..

G.Pavani said...

lovely click with healthy n yummy salad..

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

simply love the thai flavors in this bowl of goodness...refreshing salad sweet,tangy n nutty...yum

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

looks very delicious :)

Sanjeeta kk said...

Healthy, colorful and refreshing salad!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

this is my fav, love to have it with sticky rice...looks awesome :)

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