Curried PawPaw salad
Curried Papaya salad
Making Curried Pawpaw - the facts of the papw paw ( papaya ) plant
Papaya Fruit often called PawPaw, Mamao, and Tree Melon, grows on what is usually referred to as a tree. But the Papaya plant is actually a large herb growing to heights of up to thirty feet with a hollow green stem becoming up to a foot and a half thick at the base. The leaves emerge directly from the upper part of the stem in a spiral. Both the stem and leaves contain copious white milky latex.
Curried Paw Paw ( a.k.a. Papaya ) Salad.
Halve and de-seed the pawpaw , remove the skin
Reserve the seed for making pawpaw seed dressing
Cut the pawpaw into cubes.
Combine 3 large Tablespoon Mayonnaise with a heaped Teaspoon Curry powder.
Combine pawpaw and curry mayo mixture ,folding to evenly coat the fruit.
Served chilled with slices or wedges of lime
Can be made ahead and refrigerated.
Best to use pawpaw that is ripe but not soft , ie: a firm flesh is better as it does not go mushy in the preparation.
Curried Pawpaw is better know on Rarotonga and the Cook islands than it is elsewhere in the South Pacific or Polynesia, but easy to make and a treat to serve at your next dinner party.
Paw Paw Seed Dressing
1 Tablespoon pawpaw seeds
1 Cup oil
½ Cup vinegar or lemon juice
1 Tablespoon finely chopped onion
1 Tablespoon sugar or honey
½ Teaspoon dry mustard or chilli
Blend well till smooth and creamy. Serve with salad or any seafood dish.
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