Jan 302017

Papaya Thoran Kerala style is a simple, light and delicious side dish that pairs well with steamed rice and dal. Papaya is called Kappalanga or Omakka in Malayalam. Thoran made with raw papaya or Kappalanga is bright, fresh and delightfully flavourful.

Papaya Thoran Recipe

Papaya Thoran

Pear-shaped vibrant green papayas have a white flesh, mild flavour and a crunchy texture. The versatile green papaya is widely used in savoury dishes. Papaya stir fry is my favourite preparation so far.

Green papaya protects against acne, pimples and skin infections. It helps reduce indigestion, constipation, heart burn and gastric problems.

Green Papaya Thoran Kerala Recipe:

Omakka Thoran Recipe

Kappalanga Thoran or Omakka Thoran is a tasty and healthy side dish made with raw papaya. This thoran recipe has grated papaya stir fried with a spiced coconut mixture. It’s light, flavourful and easy to prepare.

How to make pacha papaya thoran:

To make Pacha Papaya Thoran, wash, peel and halve the green papaya. Remove the seeds. Grate the papaya and set aside.

Grated green papaya for thoran recipe

Take grated coconut, half a small onion, garlic cloves, green chilli and cumin seeds in a mixie jar and grind without any water.

Coconut mixture for Omakka Recipe

Ensure the mixture doesn’t become paste. Keep aside.

Ground coconut mixture for papaya recipe

Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat and splutter mustard seeds. Add the remaining half of the chopped onion and sauté till it turns a light brown.

Saute onions for green papaya recipe

Tip in the grated papaya and sauté for a couple of minutes.

Add grated raw papaya for Kerala papaya thoran recipe

Sprinkle salt and turmeric powder and combine well.

Cook Omakka Thoran

Cover and cook on a low flame, stirring occasionally, till the raw papaya is tender, about 10 minutes.

Kapplanga Thoran preparation

Stir in the ground mixture and fresh curry leaves. Add red chilli powder and mix well.

Add coconut mixture for papaya thoran preparation

 Cook covered for 1-2 minutes, till the dish is almost dry.

Stir fried papaya with coconut recipe

Transfer Kapplanga Thoran into a serving dish.

Kappalanga Thoran Recipe

Serve Kerala Green Papaya Thoran with rice and dal.

Green Papaya Stir Fry Recipe

If you are looking for more pacha papaya recipes, do try out Green Papaya Chutney.

Stir Fried Papaya With Coconut Recipe details below:

Omakka Papaya Thoran Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Papaya Thoran or papaya stir-fry is a staple dish in Kerala households. Thoran is usually a dry dish that’s served as a side with rice. Thoran can be made with almost any vegetable – cabbage, carrot, beans, beetroot, greens, etc. For papaya thoran, grated green papaya is seasoned with mustard and curry leaves and sautéed with a coconut-chilli-garlic-onion-cumin seeds mixture. Try out this tasty Kerala-inspired green papaya recipe.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Kerala
Servings: 4
Calories: 98 kcal
Author: Shil
  • Raw papaya – 2 cups grated
  • Coconut – 3 tbsp grated
  • Onion – 1 small
  • Green chilli – 1 slit
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 10
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  1. To make raw papaya stir fry with coconut, wash and peel the green papaya. Cut into half and remove the seeds. Grate the raw papaya and keep aside.
  2. Grate the coconut. Grind grated coconut, ½ an onion, green chilli, garlic cloves and cumin seeds. Don’t add water.
  3. Heat a tablespoon oil in a kadai. Season with mustard seeds.
  4. Toss in ½ a chopped onion and sauté till it turns slightly brown.
  5. Add the grated green papaya and sauté well for 1-2 minutes. Add salt and turmeric, mix well and cook covered on ow heat for about 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the lid and add the ground coconut mixture and curry leaves. Sprinkle red chilli powder and mix well. Cover and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Remove and serve Raw Papaya Thoran Kerala style with hot white rice and dal.

Papaya Thoran – Kerala Green Papaya Stir Fry | Kappalanga Thoran
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Shil is a freelance writer, professional blogger, foodie, health advocate and travel enthusiast.

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