Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam Malakor)


  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • 2 peppers Thai chiles, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 medium limes, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 medium green papaya, peeled and shredded
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ medium carrot, peeled and shredded
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place peanuts on a baking sheet.


  • Step 2

    Toast in the preheated oven until fragrant and browned, 7 to 8 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Grind roasted peanuts, Thai chilies, garlic, dried shrimp, and sugar in a mortar and pestle or food processor. Stir in lime juice and fish sauce to make dressing.

  • Step 4

    Toss papaya, tomatoes, green beans, and carrot with dressing. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Cook's Note:

    Make sure to use a green papaya. You can use palm sugar instead of white.

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