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Pappaya Sweet(Papaya Khadi)

pappaya khadi

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.


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  • Nandu January 9, 2012, 11:12 pm

    wow…. i was waiting to prepare anything from papaya… cz this papaya is not swt as we get in India… Thanks a lot :)

  • Fathima January 10, 2012, 12:14 am

    Great Recipe. Like mango murabba right? and such a nutritious alternative to candies for children and those who have a sweet tooth.

  • Shreyas January 10, 2012, 4:01 am

    Interesting. Approximately how long is the mixture on the flame?

  • anjana January 10, 2012, 10:30 am

    very delicious and healthy ,never heard about this before..great recipe!!

  • Poornima January 11, 2012, 1:27 am

    Looks lovely, almost like halwa. I have never tasted any sweet made from papaya, I am going to try it. Thank you for the interesting recipe.

  • Anupama January 11, 2012, 3:45 am

    Hey that Papaya Khadi looks gorgeous. I just bought a papaya today. This one is for eating at breakfast tomorrow but the next one I buy will be made into Papaya Khadi . Thanks for sharing.

  • vineelasiva January 11, 2012, 11:43 am

    Very intersting and innovative recipe.

  • Paddy January 13, 2012, 12:43 am

    Thanks for the recipe. Although I have lived in Bangalore for a long time, I primarily make and eat Kerala/Tamil cuisine. Will try it out soon.

  • Healthy Cooking Oil January 13, 2012, 3:42 am

    First time i am listening about papaya sweets. Looking very tasty and mouth watering, feel like to have it now because of photos shared here of recipe. Thanks for sharing

  • Minal January 13, 2012, 4:01 am

    Hi, I tried this dish yesterday. I took 2 cups of grated papaya…then after cooking, i checked & it was 1 & 1/2 grated papaya. Then i added 1 cup sugar. Then i followed all ur instructions but when i tried cutting it into small pieces,it was still in paste form. I even kept it in fridge but it didnt help :(. Please could you tell me what could have gone wrong. Its urgent coz i need to try it out over the weekend :) thankss

    • Shilpa January 15, 2012, 10:04 am

      Looks like you used less sugar. The recipe calls for 1 cup sugar for 1 cup cooked pappaya. If you use less sugar, the paste won’t become hard.

  • Archana January 14, 2012, 10:23 am

    Hey I just finished my papaya. Will wait for the next one to ripen a bit more. thanks

  • Anzz January 15, 2012, 1:03 pm

    Very interesting dish. Never made it before. Book marked. I am hosting my first blog event plus giveaway – Valentines Special. Do check it out and be a part of it. Would be great..!

  • Minal January 15, 2012, 11:26 pm

    Thanks Shilpa, I will try it out today evening again. Also, yesterday I had made til ladoos & they were just toooo good :) hopefully same will be with papaya wadis…

  • Padhu January 23, 2012, 9:38 am

    Looks so yummy!

  • shenky April 29, 2013, 12:12 pm

    hey gr8 dish i suppose for the papayas which were wasted coz they were neither ripe nor raw

  • jeena joy May 16, 2014, 7:14 am

    i have a doubt when we add ghee to the pappaya

    • Shilpa May 16, 2014, 7:15 pm

      Ghee is used to apply to rolling pin. Not added to pappaya

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