How to Make Papaya Chutney

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Last Updated on June 18, 2022 by Share My Kitchen

If you haven’t tried papaya chutney yet, you are missing out! Chutneys are a must-have partner for many Indian snacks. But you can pair it with anything! 

As we know, chutney’s origins are in the Indian subcontinent. In Gujarat, India, papaya chutney is known as papaya sambharo and is usually served with snacks and gathiya (a crunchy and spicy fried snack). While in West Bengal, India,  it is famous as plastic chutney and serves as the main course.

Of course, here at Sharemykitchen, we are looking for healthy and delicious foods around the globe, including chutney. 

We’ve scoured the internet and have found the best chutney (yet!) recipe that works for us. This recipe makes green papaya chutney, which can be served with snacks such as a marinated salad. However, you can make any of these regional chutneys by following the tips and variations.

Papaya Chutney Recipe

Preparation Time: 5 mins

Cooking Time: 10 mins

Servings: 4


  • 1 cup peeled, grated Raw Papaya
  • 3-4 Green Chillies, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
  • 1 pinch of Turmeric Powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Cooking Oil
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Water

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. First, heat oil in a heavy-based or nonstick pan over medium flame. Then, add mustard seeds. When seeds start to crackle, add a
    pinch of asafoetida.
  2. Sauté green chilies for about 1/2 minute. Then, add grated papaya and salt. Mix thoroughly, and cook for 2-3 minutes over medium heat.
  3. Next, add 2 tablespoons of water and mix well. Cover the pan, and cook over low heat until papaya becomes tender or for about 4-5 minutes. Then, stir in between every so often to avoid sticking.
  4. Add the turmeric powder and mix well. Turn off the flame and transfer the chutney into a serving bowl.

Papaya Chutney Tips and Variations

  • For a different texture in Gujarati papaya sambharo, replace grated papaya with its slices.
  • Avoid mustard, green chilies, and add 2 teaspoons of raisins, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Then, cook until sugar dissolves completely.

Papaya Chutney Serving Ideas 

For a complete meal, serve raw papaya chutney with curry, roti, and dal. It can also be served with Indian snacks such as gathiya and farsi puri.

There are now a lot of variations to chutneys. The most common is the Anglo-Indian variant that adds vinegar to give chutneys a long shelf life so fruits in the autumn can be stored and used throughout the year.


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