Thai Raw Papaya Salad
"Huh ! I have always been a rebel. Love to buck the trend", pat came the reply with my mind on autopilot mode even as I photo-shopped the clicks. Zap. My mind is jolted out it's state of inertia. Newton's first law is at play with my husband being the external force. "Did you just say 'Great' ? What is it with you guys ? Do they really have to use the word 'great' in every situation? Or did your entire clan execute a collective 'Shift + Delete' on words like awesome, gorgeous, divine, delirious, delectable, etc."
He gives me a blank look. I roll my eyes before letting off some steam .
"How was the movie ?" . "Great".
"How is the butter chicken ? I slaved the entire evening over it.". "Great".
"How is my new dress ? ". "Great"
" I think I have lost some weight. Can you make out any difference ? ". A cursory look followed by the inevitable. "Great".
Hubby shifts to damage control mode. Physics makes way for statistics as he talks about trending keywords, blog views and stuff like that. "Don't crib if your blog post fails to garner the desired hits !", is his final statement as he rests his case.
"Well then...maybe I have to give them something else to look at ! How about I pose in that size 8 dress that I bought last week ? Of course I will be holding the salad in one hand ! Maybe that can give them some goals ! Or resolutions for next year ", I reply quite cheekily. Now it's his turn to roll his eyes .
No guesses on who won the debate ! But at the end of the day, this salad is a sure shot winner. And not to forget, your ultimate weapon in the battle of the bulge. Full of fiber and free from any fattening dressings, it is easy to prepare and delicious enough to eat a whole bowlful just before heading out for a party. ( Don't forget to thank me if those luscious desserts and sinful meats start to look a whole lot less appealing !! )
Read on for the recipe -
Preparation Time - 15 mins
- 2 cups raw papaya ( juliennes )
- 1 medium sized tomato ( thinly sliced )
- 2 tsp soy sauce ( or fish sauce if you are not vegetarian )
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp lime juice
- 2 garlic flakes
- 2 tsp minced coriander roots
- 1 red chili ( de-seeded and cut into thin strips )
- 1 small red onion ( or spring onion )
- a pinch of salt
- roasted and lightly crushed peanuts
Preparation - Dunk the raw papaya and tomato slices in cold water and refrigerate for 30 mins.
Take the brown sugar, garlic, coriander roots, lime juice and soy sauce in a small cup. Muddle together.
Strain the vegetables and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the seasoning along with the chili, onion and peanuts. Add salt. Toss everything together.