In coastal Karnataka, we find Papaya trees in almost all the courtyards of the houses. We like ripe papaya fruit. It is full of A vitamin. As raw, it is used as a vegetable in many dishes.
We use the half ripe ones for preparing these khadis. My grandmother used to prepare these khadis very often and we liked them very much. I used to make them a lot when my children were small.
2 cups grated papaya
1/2 tea spn cardamom powder
In a thick bottomed pan, cook grated papaya with 2 – 3 tablespoon water. When papaya is cooked, measure it with a cup. Use quantity of sugar (If the cooked papaya is 1 cup, use 1 cup sugar) and continue cooking on a low flame. Keep stirring to avoid sticking to the bottom. Cook till the mixture becomes dry and the ends get whitish color.
Take off the heat. Add cardamom powder.
Grease a plate with ghee and spread the mixture with the help of a rolling pin (apply ghee to the rolling pin to avoid sticking) Allow the mixture to cool. Cut into desired shape and store in an airtight container.