Recipe- Papaya bhartha

Baingan bhartha has been a favourite since ages amongst people. A dish specially made and enjoyed during winters with bajre ki roti (bajra flat breads). Papaya bhartha is made the same way but comes with it’s own health benefits. Especially being good for diabetics; also papaya is available all year round and this bhartha is made from raw papaya. Scroll to the bottom for all images. 


Take one medium sized raw papaya- skinned and desseeeded. 

1 big onion finely chopped

2 big tomatoes finely chopped

7 to 8 cloves of garlic

Oil for cooking 


Mustard seeds

Cumin seeds

Asafoetida (hing) 

Red chili powder 

Turmeric powder 

Coriander cumin powder 

Coriander leaves finely chopped for garnish.

1. Take the deseeded and skinned raw papaya. Cut it into large chunks, pressure cook it for 1 whistle in little water so its cooked thru. Then let it cool and dry. Now oil the pieces and put them on a grill n let them cook on slow flame till partially charred (In my case I charred them first and then pressure cooked it as i realized it will take ages to cook over grill). Now chop them off partially smashing it for bhartha.  

2. In a pan take little oil, add mustard and cumin seeds and let them splutter. Then add hing and curry leaves and let the leaves crackle.  

3. Add garlic and onions and let them cook till golden brown. Add chopped tomatoes and all the masalas. My measurement for masalas for this recipe is 3/4 tspn turmeric powder, 1 1/2 tspns red chili powder, 1 1/2 tspns coriander cumin powder, salt as per taste. U can add a pinch of sugar to take off the acidity of tomatoes- I didn’t use it but you could. 

4. Once the onion garlic tomatoes and masalas are thoroughly cooked add smashed grilled papaya. Mix well and cook it on low flame for 6 to 7 minutes. Take it off the flame garnish it with coriander leaves and serve with piping hot rotis or bajra rotis. 

Trust me it tasted amazing. People at my house are not fond of papaya but this was relished by all. Try it out and do leave your comments below if u like the recipe. 

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