Thai Veg Dish “Som Tam” (Papaya Salad)

How to make Som Tam (Papaya Salad)

  • Recipe Servings: 2
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Cook Time: 35 Minutes
  • Difficulty Level: Easy

A delicious Thai dish, Som Tam is a green papaya salad that combines all four tastes – sour, chilli, sweet and salty. A healthy and tasty treat for brunch, lunch or a casual light dinner

Ingredients of Som Tam (Papaya Salad)

  • 1 Small Green raw papaya, shredded
  • 4 Long beans, chopped
  • 6 Garlic cloves
  • 1 carrot (grated)
  • 8 Cherry tomatoes (cut into quarters)
  • 1/4 cup cabbage (sliced into thin strips)
  • 6 Red or green chilly
  • 2 Tbsp Palm sugar (or 1 Tbsp regular sugar)
  • 3 Tbsp Lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Ground peanuts, roasted
  • For garnishing Fresh lettuce, green beans, lime wedges and chilly

How to Make Som Tam (Papaya Salad)


  1. Peel and seed papaya and shred it. Put in a bowl.
  2. Crush garlic with a pestle, then add long beans and tomatoes and pound a few times to release juices.
  3. Add the chilies and crush lightly to release the heat.
  4. In a separate cup dissolve the sugar in the lime juice and soy sauce.
  5. Mix all ingredients together except peanuts and toss to mix.
  6. Serve in a shallow bowl and top with Peanuts, Fresh lettuce, green beans, lime wedges.

Remember:

  • Do not blend but use mortar and pestle for the salad.
  • Do not add salt, the soy sauce has enough salt.
  • Taste, once mixed, and add any ingredient to delight your taste buds. This one is supposed to be spicy.
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