ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Food and Cooking»
  • Main Dish & Side Dish Recipes

Tropical Cooking with Travel Man: 5th Main Dish - Papaya in Coconut Milk

Updated on September 22, 2011

Let's do Papaya!!!

It's raining outside; I mean, continuously, due to the tropical storm Falcon. Then, I heard a crack sound from our backyard. And lo! My one-year old papaya just fell down due to the gusty wind, with all the fruits fell in all direction. I had to retrieve some and use it as my main dish this rainy lunch, Papaya in Coconut Milk. Gravity helped me to record another authentic tropical cooking here on HubPages.

Allow me to take you to another journey on my humble kitchen and spice up your lunch with my main dish that is truly tropical.

We used to sing a nursery song regarding Papaya (Carica papaya)when I was in elementary grades. However, some fathers believed that ripe ones can affect their sexual prowess once they eat it as dessert. Whether it's a fact or myth, one thing is sure regarding this tropical plant.

Papaya is rich in papain, that is also used as:

  1. meat tenderizer in South America by natives centuries ago.
  2. immediate first aid for stings and bites.
  3. as teeth whitener.
  4. enzyme stabilizer.

Some precautions are being warned by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because papain can interfere with urine drug test for marijuana users. So, the inclusion of this protein secretions (lysosomal) in all topical drugs or supplements should be verified by FDA.

It's not as simple as we think when we talk about papaya. Based from my research in Wikipedia, there's some serious concern about those people who are illegally incorporating it to unapproved topical drugs that can give adverse reactions like, hypertension, increase heart rate, sudden drop of blood pressure or permanent loss of vision.


Papaya in Coconut Milk (Photo by Travel Man)
Papaya in Coconut Milk (Photo by Travel Man)

How I did it

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Cut the papaya into halves (Photo by Travel Man)Cut into strips.  (Photo by Travel Man)Let it stand in water to remove excess papain (Photo by Travel Man)Grate the coconut. (Photo by Travel Man)Almost done...(Photo by Travel Man)Let's get ready to cook the papaya! (Photo by Travel Man)First concoction of coconut milk (Photo by Travel Man)Cook the papaya in coconut milk under medium fire. (Photo by Travel Man)
Cut the papaya into halves (Photo by Travel Man)
Cut the papaya into halves (Photo by Travel Man)
Cut into strips.  (Photo by Travel Man)
Cut into strips. (Photo by Travel Man)
Let it stand in water to remove excess papain (Photo by Travel Man)
Let it stand in water to remove excess papain (Photo by Travel Man)
Grate the coconut. (Photo by Travel Man)
Grate the coconut. (Photo by Travel Man)
Almost done...(Photo by Travel Man)
Almost done...(Photo by Travel Man)
Let's get ready to cook the papaya! (Photo by Travel Man)
Let's get ready to cook the papaya! (Photo by Travel Man)
First concoction of coconut milk (Photo by Travel Man)
First concoction of coconut milk (Photo by Travel Man)
Cook the papaya in coconut milk under medium fire. (Photo by Travel Man)
Cook the papaya in coconut milk under medium fire. (Photo by Travel Man)

Let's cook!!!

Ingredients:

>3 to four pieces medium-sized green papaya, clean and cut into strips

>coconut milk, with first concoction (for final dilution) and second (for cooking the papaya)

>spices (garlic, onion, pepper, ginger)

>salt to taste

>Additional/Optional extenders: strips of smoked fish (tinapa) or fresh water clam meat


PROCEDURE:

  1. Peel and clean the selected green papaya with its seeds. Cut into thin strips. Let it stand in water to remove excess papain.
  2. With the coconut milk (2nd concoction) ready with the spices on it. Let it boil, then put the papaya thin strips. Let it cook for 5-10 minutes until tender.
  3. Add additional extenders (smoked fish strips or meat of fresh water clams) and the 1st coconut milk concoction.
  4. Salt to taste. Serves 4-6 family members or friends.

Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes in medium fire in gas stove

There's a Filipino hospitality that you can share some of your viand to your neighbor. They'll do it, likewise, in due time.

The Fallen Papaya Tree (June 23, 2011) Photo by Travel Man
The Fallen Papaya Tree (June 23, 2011) Photo by Travel Man

Tropical Dishes for you to Enjoy!!!

It seems that more and more online writers are clinging into one of the basic favorites of man in order to survive, FOOD, lots of foods. I've also read Food Hubs and Hub-Blogs from fellow hubbers that contribute new information and cooking technique about different World Cuisines.

Just last year, the whole HubPages community indulged a lot on food hubs through the Hubbalicious Food Contest that saw gastronomic recipes being published all over the world.

As for me, I am copyrighting my food recipes, through this Tropical Cooking series. I'm already on my fifth installment. I hope that you'll try cooking it or enjoy commenting about my little discoveries and fusion cooking that I am enjoying while concentrating in culinary arts.

I've done: Laing (dried taro leaves) in coconut milk, Fish in vinegar, Stewed Chicken, Buko Pancit and this latest, Papaya in coconut milk.

I'll be leaving you a dance to enjoy while cooking this recipe. If you know about the Papaya dance, this is it. They say, it's a Polish song but Filipinos made a great deal popularizing its dance steps. Shows in the US followed, especially the host Ellen DeGeneres.

Enjoy cooking and dancing, as well!!!


Papaya Dance c/o pvtcimo

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • travel_man1971 profile image
      Author

      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @jezelle bea: Thanks for the compliment! :D My 'wow' goes out to you, too.

      Feel free to read more of my hubs, if you want to stay longer in perusing my account on HubPages.

      Or you can do a lot more by doing the 'Papaya Dance'. LOL!

    • profile image

      jezelle bea 6 years ago

      wow,good traveler

    • travel_man1971 profile image
      Author

      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Your welcome, Sir D! It's the least I could do to help you. Yet some who eat more than enough of papaya can acquire dermatitis (that's for diabetic or even pseudo-diabetic person).

      Or better yet, take an ampalaya food supplement to lower your blood sugar. FDA here in the Philippines always post "No Approved Therapeutic Claims" but it really helps lower your blood sugar. I think I have to research on it, too!

    • Russell-D profile image

      Russell-D 6 years ago from Southern Ca.

      Thanks travel_man, I'll check it out. David

    • travel_man1971 profile image
      Author

      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Rusell-D: Yes, you can try eating it, Sir! It can lower your blood sugar level. You can also eat bitter gourd (kerala or ampalaya), lentils, oranges, among others. Vegetables and fruits are Nature's medicines. I made a hub about it, too!

    • travel_man1971 profile image
      Author

      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @BKCreative: Thanks for liking the dance, Ms. BK! It's a good exercise, LOL! Thanks for liking the dish.

    • travel_man1971 profile image
      Author

      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @BKCreative: Thanks for liking the dance, Ms. BK! It's a good exercise, LOL! Thanks for liking the dish.

    • travel_man1971 profile image
      Author

      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Thanks, E.H. Queen! Please do check my other recipes plus my Hubbalicious Food Contest entries (my former food hubs last June 2010). I hope you'll like it, too!

    • travel_man1971 profile image
      Author

      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @mib56789: Hi, there, Ms. Treathyl! Got your name, right lOL! Thanks for sharing it on Facebook.

      Yes, La Nina is scaring us all here in the Philippines. Heavy rains and the frequent visit of typhoons, inundated low-lying areas recently. An occasional twisters also destroyed some buildings and residential houses in Quezon City (Manila) and Iloilo (at Barotac Nuevo).

      The trending topic these days is the weather bulletin. Whether it is announced on the radio or television, nature's wrath is the main topic over coffee break and the damages it will leave to the Filipino households.

    • Russell-D profile image

      Russell-D 7 years ago from Southern Ca.

      Love Papaya for it's taste and pepsins. Love coconut milk, but my diabetes can't handle the sugar in it. What do I do now? David Russell

    • BkCreative profile image

      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      The papaya dance - how wonderful! I've learned something new. Yay!

      And your recipe - wonderful too. Thanks a million!

    • profile image

      ExoticHippieQueen 7 years ago

      MMMMM,,,bet that's good.............and I do love coconut milk. Will be checking out your recipes T-man.

    • profile image

      mib56789 7 years ago

      Yo travel_man19714! Copyrighting your food recipes? GENIUS!!! So there's a tropical storm in your part of the world? I'm from Miami, Florida but live in Texas now. I know hurricanes are dangerous but I kind of miss them. This is great HUB. I'm sharing it on my Facebook page.

      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Everyday-Exotic-Spic...

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)