I must admit I'm pretty excited to share this recipe with you guys. It's got all the ingredients for a killer blog post. Fresh ingredients, check. Healthy, check. Stunning lightning, check. All good stuff here :)
1 green papaya
4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1 tbsp chopped shallots
3-4 fresh red chillies, seeded and sliced
1/2 tsp salt
8 cherry tomatoes, cut in half ( or 2 tomatoes, cut into thin wedges)
3 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp sugar
juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp crushed roasted peanuts
sliced fresh red chillies, to garnish
Cut the papaya in half lenghtways. Scrape out the seeds and with a spoon and discard, then peel, using a swivel vegetable peeler or a small sharp knife. Shred the flesh finely in a food processor or using a grater.
Put the garlic, shallots, red chillies and salt in a large mortar and grind to a paste with a pestle. Add the shredded papaya, a small amount at a time, pounding with the pestle until it becomes slightly limp and soft.
Add cherry tomatoes to the mortar and crush them lightly with the pestle until they are incorporated. Season the mixture with the fish sauce, sugar and lime juice. Transfer the salad to a serving dish and sprinkle with the crushed roasted peanuts. Garnish with the sliced red chillies and serve the salad immediately.