Papaya Pickle Recipe | Papita Ka Achar

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Delight your taste buds with the vibrant and flavorful journey of Papaya Pickle (Papita Ka Achar).

This traditional recipe combines the wholesome goodness of raw papaya with a medley of aromatic spices, creating a pickle that’s both tangy and spicy.

Let’s dive into the step-by-step guide to crafting this delectable culinary creation.

Papaya Pickle

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Papaya Pickle blends the wholesome goodness of raw papaya with aromatic spices, creating a tangy and spicy delight.
  • Use sesame oil for an authentic nutty flavor, and mustard seeds for both crunch and aroma in this pickle.
  • Balancing spices like turmeric, asafoetida, and Kashmiri red chili powder is crucial for a perfect blend of heat and color.
  • Slow-cook the papaya slices without covering to ensure they absorb the rich flavors while retaining a slight crunch.
  • Explore alternative pickles like Chili Pickle, Green Chili and Mango Pickle, Mixed Vegetable Pickle, Mango Pickle, Lime Pickle, and Garlic Pickle to elevate your culinary journey.

How to Make Papaya Pickle? (Step by Step Guide with Images)

Step 1: Start by taking a raw papaya. Wash it, peel it, and cut it into very fine thin and small pieces. Take two cups of raw papaya.

Two cups of raw papaya

Step 2: Take a pan, heat it, and add 3 tbsp sesame oil. Heat the oil and then add ½ tbsp mustard seeds.

Added ½ tbsp mustard seeds in oil

Step 3: Add 2 tbsp garlic cloves and 3 tbsp ginger pieces.

Added 2 tbsp garlic cloves and 3 tbsp ginger pieces

Step 4: Add 4 pieces (slitted) green chilis and 5 to 6 pieces of curry leaves. Mix everything until it turns brown under medium flame.

(Expert tip: Sesame oil is best for making this pickle.)

Added 4 pieces (slitted) green chilis and 5 to 6 pieces of curry leaves

Step 5: Turn off the stove and add 1 tbsp turmeric powder. Stir all the ingredients.

Added 1 tbsp turmeric powder

Step 6: Add 4 tbsp asafoetida, 1 tbsp fenugreek powder, and 4 tbsp Kashmiri red chili powder. Stir all the ingredients.

Added 4 tbsp asafoetida, 1 tbsp fenugreek powder, and 4 tbsp Kashmiri red chili powder

Step 7: Put on the flame and keep it low. Add 200 ml vinegar into the spice mix. Mix all the ingredients.

Adding 200 ml vinegar into the spice mix

Step 8: Add salt as per your taste and mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Wait until it starts simmering.

Adding salt as per your taste

Step 9: Add two cups of raw papaya into the spice mix and blend it well with all the ingredients. Cook it under low flame. Stir it often until it softens.

(Expert tip: Do not cover it and cook.)

Added two cups of raw papaya

Step 11: As soon as the papaya softens and cooks well, turn off the flame. Your papaya pickle is ready.

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Papaya pickle is ready

Step 12: Take a clean sun-dried glass jar, grease it with sesame oil. Add all the pickle into it and enjoy the delicacy.

Papaya pickle in jar

Pro Tips for Making Papaya Pickle

Choose Fresh Papaya: Select firm papayas for the best flavor and texture in your pickle.

Precision in Cutting: Ensure uniformity in cutting the papaya into thin slices; this helps in even cooking and enhances the pickle’s consistency.

Sesame Oil Significance: Stick to sesame oil for an authentic taste; it adds a unique nutty flavor that complements the papaya and spices.

Mustard Seeds for Aroma: Mustard seeds not only provide a crunch but also add a distinctive aroma to the pickle. Toast them slightly for enhanced flavor.

Balancing Spices: Adjust the quantities of turmeric, asafoetida, and Kashmiri red chili powder to your spice preference. Kashmiri red chili powder imparts a vibrant color without excessive heat.

Vinegar Magic: Vinegar not only acts as a preservative but also adds a tangy kick to the pickle. Experiment with different types of vinegar for varied flavors.

Salt Sensibility: Be cautious with salt; you can always add more later, so start with a smaller quantity and adjust according to your taste.

Patient Cooking: Slow-cooking the papaya allows it to absorb the flavors and spices thoroughly. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Avoid Covering While Cooking: Cooking without a lid helps in reducing moisture content, ensuring a longer shelf life for the pickle.

Perfect Pickle Texture: The pickle is ready when the papaya slices are soft yet retain a slight crunch. Overcooking may result in mushy texture.

Storing Tips for Papaya Pickle

Cool Before Storing: Allow the freshly prepared papaya pickle to cool completely before transferring it to the storage jar.

Airtight Container: Use an airtight glass or food-grade plastic container to store the pickle.

Avoid Metal Containers: Refrain from using metal containers for storing the pickle, as the acidity from the vinegar and spices can react with certain metals, affecting the taste and safety of the pickle.

Layer with Sesame Oil: To create a protective layer, pour a thin film of sesame oil on top of the pickle before sealing the container.

Refrigeration Option: While this papaya pickle can be stored at room temperature for short durations, for longer shelf life, consider refrigerating it.

Dry Spoon Usage: Always use a dry spoon to take out the pickle from the jar.

What to Serve with Papaya Pickle?

Indian Breads: Enjoy papaya pickle with various Indian bread like chapati, paratha, or naan.

Rice Dishes: Serve papaya pickle as a side with traditional rice dishes such as biryani, pulao, or plain steamed rice.

Curries and Sabzis: Pair papaya pickle with your favorite curries or vegetable dishes.

Dosa and Idli: South Indian dishes like dosa and idli can be elevated with the addition of papaya pickle.

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Snacks and Appetizers: Use papaya pickle as a condiment or dipping sauce for snacks and appetizers.

Sandwiches and Wraps: Spread a thin layer of papaya pickle on sandwiches or wraps to enhance the flavor profile.

Grilled Meats: Serve papaya pickle alongside grilled meats such as chicken, lamb, or fish.

Salads: Incorporate papaya pickle into salads to add a punch of flavor.

How Does Papaya Pickle Taste?

Papaya pickle offers a tantalizing blend of flavors that dance on the palate.

The tender yet slightly crunchy papaya slices absorb the rich medley of spices, including the earthy warmth of mustard seeds, the pungent notes of garlic and ginger, and the exotic fragrance of curry leaves.

The sesame oil imparts a nutty undertone, while the combination of turmeric, asafoetida, and Kashmiri red chili powder adds a vibrant color and a perfect balance of heat.

The tanginess from the vinegar elevates the overall taste, creating a harmonious fusion of sweet, spicy, and tangy sensations.

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Papaya Pickle | Papita Ka Achar

By Mita Mondal
Papaya Pickle is a flavorful condiment made by combining raw papaya with aromatic spices, creating a tangy and spicy delight for your taste buds.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Condiments
Cuisine Indian
Servings 10
Calories 84 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Papaya (washed, peeled & cut into very small slices)
  • 3 tbsp Sesame oil
  • ½ tbsp Mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp Garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp Ginger (cut into small longitudinal pieces)
  • 4 pieces Green chili (slitted)
  • 5 pieces Curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp Turmeric powder
  • 4 tbsp Asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp Fenugreek powder
  • 4 tbsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 200 ml Vinegar
  • Salt as per taste

Instructions
 

  • Start by taking a raw papaya. Wash it, peel it, and cut it into very fine, thin, and small pieces. Use two cups of raw papaya.
  • Take a pan, heat it, and add 3 tablespoons of sesame oil. Heat the oil and then add half a tablespoon of mustard seeds.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of garlic cloves and 3 tablespoons of ginger pieces.
  • Add 4 pieces of slitted green chilis and 5 to 6 pieces of curry leaves. Mix everything until it turns brown under medium flame.
  • Turn off the stove and add 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder. Stir all the ingredients.
  • Add 4 tablespoons of asafoetida, 1 tablespoon of fenugreek powder, and 4 tablespoons of Kashmiri red chili powder. Stir all the ingredients.
  • Put on the flame and keep it low. Add 200 ml of vinegar into the spice mix. Mix all the ingredients.
  • Add salt as per your taste and mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Wait until it starts simmering.
  • Add two cups of raw papaya into the spice mix and blend it well with all the ingredients. Cook it under low flame. Stir it often until it softens.
  • As soon as the papaya softens and cooks well, turn off the flame. Your papaya pickle is ready.
  • Take a clean sun-dried glass jar, grease it with sesame oil. Add all the pickle into it and enjoy the delicacy.
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Notes

Preparation Perfection: Begin with firm papayas. Cut them uniformly for consistent texture. Opt for sesame oil for a unique nutty flavor that pairs well with papaya.
Aromatic Infusion: Toast mustard seeds for crunch and aroma. Balance spices like turmeric, asafoetida, and Kashmiri red chili powder to your liking. Vinegar adds a tangy kick, enhancing overall flavor.
Cooking Artistry: Slow-cook the papaya slices without covering. This ensures thorough spice absorption and maintains a delightful crunch.
Storage Wisdom: Cool the pickle before transferring to an airtight container. Choose glass or food-grade plastic to avoid reactions with metal. A layer of sesame oil on top preserves freshness.
Serving Suggestions: Papaya pickle is a versatile delight. Enjoy it with Indian bread, rice dishes, curries, dosa, idli, snacks, sandwiches, wraps, grilled meats, and salads. Always use a dry spoon for serving.

Nutrition Info (Estimation Only)

Nutrition Facts
Papaya Pickle | Papita Ka Achar
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
84
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
5
g
8
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Sodium
 
757
mg
33
%
Potassium
 
175
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
1260
IU
25
%
Vitamin C
 
39
mg
47
%
Calcium
 
46
mg
5
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Conclusion

In conclusion, Papaya Pickle stands as a testament to the art of pickle-making, where fresh ingredients and expertly blended spices come together to create a symphony of tastes.

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Seal it in a jar, follow the storing tips, and savor the essence of homemade goodness in every bite.

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