Papaya chutney recipe with step by step pics. Papaya sambharo is a crunchy and spiced chutney made from raw unripe papaya. The food culture of Gujarat is as vibrant and versatile as the state in itself. It is known for its variety of delicious vegetarian dishes. This sambharo made with unripe papaya is one such dish. More of a side dish, this chutney is quite healthy and vegan too.
Fafda and papaya sambharo are a match made for each other. The crispiness of the fafda, the hints of heat from the green chilies in the papaya chutney, the moistness, crunchiness and the flavor of papaya – a myriad of taste, textures and flavors.
I have also shared Gujarati fafda and besan fafda chutney recipes. Links below:
Papaya chutney is usually served with fafda, ghatiya, methi na gota and khaman dhokla. Making papaya chutney recipe is very easy and just takes about 15 to 20 minutes. If you are wondering what fafda is – fafda is a crisp fried snack made from gram flour (pic below).
When living in Mumbai, a Gujarati snacks shop, close to our home, would serve fafda along with papaya chutney as a morning breakfast. On some weekends I would buy fafda, papaya chutney, fried green chilies from the snack shop along with some jalebi.
This used to be my favorite breakfast then and also now. The best part of this rich morning breakfast to me was the papaya chutney, which would taste so good with the fafda. During Dussehra festival fafda along with papaya chutney, fafda chutney and Jalebi is sold like hot cakes.
This papaya chutney comes very close to the chutney one gets in Gujarati mithai or sweet shops.
Even though papaya sambharo is served with fafda and gathiya, but you can also serve it with methi thepla or rava dhokla or plain parathas or aloo paratha and even as a side dish with dal-rice.
How to make Papaya Chutney
1. Rinse and peel 1 small unripe papaya.
2. Cut the papaya in two parts.
3. Scrape off the tiny seeds and pith with a sharp spoon or a knife. The seeds and pith have to be removed well or else it might make the chutney taste bitter.
4. Now grate each papaya halve. You can use a hand held grater or grate in a food processor. You will need 1.25 cups of tightly packed grated papaya. Keep grated papaya aside.
Making papaya chutney
5. Heat ½ tablespoon oil in a pan and add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds. You can use peanut oil or sunflower oil. Keep the heat to a low or medium-low.
6. Fry till the mustard seeds crackle and splutter.
7. Then add 2 to 3 green chilies (sliced in large pieces or kept whole), 7 to 8 curry leaves and 1 pinch asafoetida (hing). Curry leaves can be chopped or kept whole.
8. Stir and mix well on a low heat.
9. Sauté till the chilies get slightly crisp.
10. Add the grated papaya.
11. Then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder.
12. Mix well.
13. Then add ¼ teaspoon sugar and salt as per taste.
14. Mix very well.
15. Sauté the papaya chutney mixture stirring often.
16. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes on a low heat.
17. Lastly add ¼ teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix very well. At this step you can also add some roasted sesame seeds. A few chopped coriander leaves can also be added.
18. Serve papaya chutney as a side with snacks like fafda, methi na gota or gathiya or dhokla or methi thepla or white dhokla or dal-rice.
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Papaya Chutney | Papaya Sambharo
- 1.25 cups tightly packed grated papaya or 1 small papaya
- ½ tablespoon oil (peanut or sunflower oil)
- ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
- 2 to 3 green chilies – sliced in large pieces or kept whole
- 7 to 8 curry leaves
- 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ¼ teaspoon sugar or add as required
- ¼ teaspoon lemon juice or add as required
- Rinse and peel 1 small unripe papaya.
- Cut the papaya in two parts.
- Scrape of the tiny seeds and pith with a sharp spoon or a knife. The seeds and pith have to be removed well or else it might make papaya chutney bitter.
- Now grate each papaya halve. You can use a hand held grater or grate in a food processor. You will need 1.25 cups tightly packed grated papaya. Keep grated papaya aside.
making papaya chutney
- Heat ½ tablespoon oil in a pan and add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds. Keep the flame to a low or medium-low.
- Fry till the mustard seeds crackle and splutter.
- Then add 2 to 3 green chilies (sliced in large pieces or kept whole), 7 to 8 curry leaves and 1 pinch asafoetida (hing). Curry leaves can be chopped or kept whole.
- Sauté till the green chilies get slightly crisp with a few blisters.
- Then add the grated papaya and ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder. mix well.
- Then add ¼ teaspoon sugar and salt as per taste. mix very well.
- Stirring often sauté the chutney mixture for 3 to 4 minutes on a low flame.
- Lastly add ¼ teaspoon lemon juice. Mix very well.
- Serve raw papaya chutney with fafda, khaman dhokla, methi na gota, gathiya, methi thepla, lauki thepla, mooli thepla, plain paratha or dal-rice.
- This recipe can be scaled easily.
Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)
This Papaya Chutney post from the archives first published in December 2017 has been republished and updated on January 2023.