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Recipe | Thai Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum Thai)

Here is a special salad recipe from Thailand – a Green Papaya Salad called as ‘Som Tum Thai‘. It has a sweet and spicy taste, and is made of dried shrimps but can be prepared with fermented fish or crabs too. Usually served as a side dish and is equally mouth-watering for a savory snack!


Recipe | Thai Green Papaya Salad, locally called as ‘Som Tum’.


  • 1 whole green papaya (shredded)
  • 4-5 red chillies
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp of palm sugar (you may also use brown sugar)
  • 2 tbsp of dried shrimp
  • 1-2 long beans
  • 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes
  • 1.5 tbsp of lime juice
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 2 tbsp of tamarind juice
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • Roasted peanuts


  • Wash and peel the papaya and shred it finely. Keep it aside.
  • Now, in a mortal and pestle (hand grinder), put the chilli and garlic and grind them finely.
  • Add in the dried shrimp, long beans, cherry tomatoes and grind it again.
  • Next, add the lime juice, the lime wedges, tamarind juice, fish sauce and mix it all together.
  • Add the shredded papaya and mix it well again.
  • Lastly, add in the roasted peanuts and serve.

Serve it as a side with grilled chicken or meat and relish!

Contributed by @charinyas_kitchen.

Pooja Ghose

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