Indian Meals are known for their flavours and spices. No Indian Meal is complete without a pickle or a chutney/ Relish. Raw Papaya Relish is not something I have grown up eating. No Childhood memories, as such. I had Raw Papaya Relish for the first time in Samarkhand Bangalore and it was “Love at First Bite”.
I remember my father and I finished the small bowl served initially even before we placed our order. It took us some time to guess it was Raw Papaya.
Last week everyone at home was down with severe cold and cough. A friend suggested that putting a small piece of Raw papaya in the water while taking steam helps clear the congestion. So, I asked my husband to buy Raw papaya on the way back from work, and that is where I erred. I did not tell him how many and therefore I had 2 Raw papayas at home. While one we used for taking steam , I thought of making this relish with another one.
The raw papaya relish goes well with a hot paratha as well as in a sandwich. You can also add raisins, melon seeds or red chilli flakes when relish is ready, and give one last boil.