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How to Make Thai Papaya Salad

By Samahita Team

Video By Daniel Stringer

Learn to make popular Thai classic Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad) with Chef Nui at Samahita Retreat. A delicious tangy and spicy raw food salad with peanuts. Want to learn more? This recipe and others are in the Samahita Cookbook. Watch this video and other recipes here.


The papaya salad is a traditional and popular favorite in all regions of Thailand. If you cannot find green papaya, you could use grated cucumber instead.


300 grams green papaya, grated 2-3 green chillies
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tomatoes, chopped in wedges
(around 1⁄2 cup)
120 grams green beans
3 tsp coconut blossom nectar 150 grams carrots, grated
3 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp peanuts



Grind the chillies with a mortar and pestle.
Add the green beans and the lime juice, and continue to grind. Add the coconut blossom nectar, soy sauce, tomatoes, and grind some more.
Add the peanuts, and continue to grind. Gradually add the sauce to the papaya and carrots. Mix well, and pound the papaya and carrot with the pestle.The mixing and beating infuses the flavor of the sauce into the papaya.

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