Making Somtam "Papaya" Salad




Have you ever tried Thailand's somtam salad? Seriously, you have to have one of these!

Making Somtam "Papaya" Salad





Here in Thailand, somtam salad is everywhere. They are very affordable too! With less than a dollar, you can enjoy a hefty serving of Thailand's tasty, spicy somtam salads. This dish goes well with chicken and cashew nuts, another dish I learned from Thais.


To those who are not familiar with somtam, it's a papaya salad mixed nuts and dried shrimps (if you want) swimming in a sweet, salty and spicy sauce. Somtam salads are great for appetizers or a dish on its own. Here, let me show you how to make it at home.

Ingredients in making somtam salad.
- green papaya

Making Somtam "Papaya" Salad


- tomatoes, chopped
- chilis, chopped
- garlic, chopped
- onions, chopped
- palm sugar
- fish sauce
- nuts
- dried shrimps (optional)


Let's start making somtam salad.
1. Shred the papaya as seen on the image below.

Making Somtam "Papaya" Salad


If you have mortar and pestle at home, pound the papaya gently so it's a bit mashed. It's how somtam salads are usually done. However, if you don't have one, that's fine too. We can still make a decent somtam salad.

2. Mix the following in a deep bowl:

  • garlic
  • onions
  • tomatoes
  • chili 
  • palm sugar
Making Somtam "Papaya" Salad


3. Put this in a blender to prepare for the sauce. 



Making Somtam "Papaya" Salad




Roughly blend them together just enough to release juices from the tomatoes. (If you have mortar and pestle, you can immediately add these ingredients as you pound the papaya shreds.)


4. Pour the mixture back to the bowl. 
5. Add fish sauce. You can add more palm sugar or chili, depending on your tolerance for spice.
6. Add the papaya in this mix.
7. Add the nuts. 
8. Mix them well together.
9. Serve as an appetizer. 



Making Somtam "Papaya" Salad



This salad has loads of fiber content that's good for your digestive health. Since papaya is a low-calorie food and chili increases body metabolism, somtam salad is also good for weight loss. Enjoy!

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18 comments:

  1. Salad of this variety is a very healthy meal and also easy to prepare.

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  2. If there's only a way to reach through the monitor and towards that salad. Haha. Will remember you when you cook. :)

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  3. I'm not big on papaya, but I do love the thai shrimp pomelo salad.

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  4. I LOVE somtam salad! Lemme just say, that's one modern mortar and pestle!

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  5. Wow.. At first I thought it's unripe mango, but it's actually a papaya!! And it's looks delicious!!~

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  6. I'd love to try it too!!! But not via my own cooking though lol!

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  7. Looks delicious. I do believe I don't have enough green papaya in my diet. This is a great way to start eating more of it. And the nuts and shrimp? I just love those on salads

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  8. awww!!! so tempting... just that ingredients are readily available here in the desert... :)

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  9. Looks like a great salad for summer..light and fresh!

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  10. The ingredients are easy to find and I might try this at home. But, what is a palm sugar??? Is that the same as "asukal na pula"?

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  11. Will do this at home...seems easy :))

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  12. A must try indeed. I thought papaya was only good for atchara :)

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  13. my husband tried to do this he loves thai food! xx

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  14. I'd like to give this a shot soon.

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  15. My favorite ,as in favorite thai food. i make my own if there is papaya available. so appetizing

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  16. love thai food. i hope not too spicy for me.

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