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Kapplanga(Papaya) Thoran

Posted by Annita on March 30, 2006

Papaya has been grown in tropical regions of the world and is a commonly available fruit in Kerala,all year round.We call it ‘Kappalanga‘ or ‘Kappanga’ in Malayalam(Pls let me know if its known by any other name ).Papayas offer not only the luscious taste and sunlit color,but are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes and vitamin C ,minerals like potassium and magnesium ,Vitamin A and fiber .It also contains a digestive enzyme called ‘Papain’ that is used to tenderize meat.Papaya can be taken in all forms,ripe or unripe.It is said ,not to take green papaya as such ,during early pregnancy as it can sometimes cause abortion. I am not sure about the fact,but i’ve been very careful about this, during my pregnancy.Anyway Unripen Green Papaya can be used to make tasty Thoran. It has a light sweet flavour when cooked .I remember ,we had 2 papaya trees inside our compound wall,and this Papaya Thoran used to be a regular dish in my home.

Green Papaya
Green Papaya

And now back to the recipe..

Green Unripen Papaya -1
Chopped Shallots -6
Chopped Green Chillies -3
Chopped Garlic – 1 tsp
Jeera seeds – 1/2 tsp
Grated Coconut -1/2 cup
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves – a few
Salt – to taste
Oil -as needed

Papaya cut into two
Papaya cut into two halves
Peel off the papaya skin and grate it .

Grated Papaya
Grated Papaya

Mix together grated papaya,turmeric powder,salt,garlic,green chillies,coconut and shallots well with hand and reserve.Heat oil in a pan,add mustard seeds and jeera seeds and allow it to splutter.Then add curry leaves and the prepared mixture into it and stir well.Close the lid and allow it to to cook in medium heat stirring in between.Switch it off when done.

Papaya Thoran
Posted by Annita

11 Responses to “Kapplanga(Papaya) Thoran”

  1. Lera said

    This is something new….I have never tasted this before,the pic looks appetising.I will try this sometime soon.Thanks for sharing this exotic thoran :)

  2. renu said

    hi annita,
    i think papaya has got the largest number of names in kerala. in our parts, thrissur and suburbs, it is ‘koppakka,’ or ‘koppakkaya.’ a little away, it is called, ‘kappalanga.’ furter north, it is ‘karamoosa,’ or ‘karamoos.’ I this there might be more.

    anyhow, good to find an authentic kerala blog from the us. i usually browse through all the food blogs and feel so envious of all the fantastic tamil, telugu and kannada fooddies.

    i live in kochi. hailing from thrissur.

    so, keep it up !
    cheers, renu.

  3. CyberRowdy said

    we call it Omakka….but people in kottayam also say kappalanga….

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    Thanks for the info,CyberRowdy..!!


  4. Annita said

    Thanks Renu,Try it out and lemme know the results.
    Lera..thats was indeed lots of info..Loved to hear about those names.And I’m in in Kochi,my home..

  5. hweolere said

    thank you for your work

    Thank you,hweolere


  6. vizmaya said

    Cool snaps.


    Thanks Vizmaya.


  7. Rg said

    annita, I tried this papaya thoran recipe. It was very good. thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Thanks Rg,dear.

  8. Kavitha said

    Hi Annita,
    I tried many of your recipes and all were good. Thanks for sharing recipes.
    In this papaya thoran, pls try adding perumjeera instead of jeera. It tasted good to me.


    Will try that Kavitha.Thank you very much.


  9. julee said

    Another name for papaya, as you asked for it in your write up, is ommekkya.

    Thanks again,Julee

  10. Divya said

    Hi Annita,
    I tried your papaya thoran today, it was good. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  11. rita said

    papaya- is also known as Omakka (i think maybe in its ripe form which I detest) but love the green,raw variety and also known as Karvathanga (n. malabar area) as well. good recipe and nice pics. thank u

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