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Green papaya kootu - papali kai kootu

Green papaya kootu - raw papaya can be made as kootu and served as accompaniment in south Indian meals. A simple and delicious kootu, pleasant to eyes as well as tastes great.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4


  • ½ Papaya unripe
  • ½ cup Moong dal
  • teaspoon Turmeric
  • Salt - as needed

To grind

  • ½ cup Coconut scraped
  • 2 Green chilli
  • ½ teaspoon Rice flour
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 2 Small onion/ shallots

To temper

  • 2 teaspoon Coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Urad dal
  • 1 Curry leaves sprig


  • Peel the papaya's skin well without any green hue. Slice into strips and then chop into cubes.
  • In a small pressure cooker, add moong dal, top with the chopped papaya, salt, turmeric and water just to immerse the vegetable.
  • Pressure cook for 3 whistles.Meanwhile grind coconut, green chilli and rice flour with very little water. Add cumin and peeled shallots, give it a run.
  • Add the ground coconut mixture to the kootu and boil for 2 mins.
  • Heat a kadai, add oil, splutter mustard, followed by urad dal, curry leaves. Pour it to the kootu and stir well.


  • Makes sure not to overcook the vegetable.
  • You can cook dal, vegetable separately also and make kootu.
  • My chopped papaya came around roughly 2 & ½ cups.
  • Skip onion if you do not like. But it lends a nice aroma.