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I am going to make it for myself today (not for my vegetarian friend
who's visiting yesterday).

Every recipe for Thai Green Papaya Salad asks to use Mortar and pestle.
I don't have one and I don't like that much manual labor of pounding.

Anyone tried with blender to make the paste of chillies and other
required stuff ? How did it come out?

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> I am going to make it for myself today (not for my vegetarian friend
>who's visiting yesterday).


>Every recipe for Thai Green Papaya Salad asks to use Mortar and pestle.
>I don't have one and I don't like that much manual labor of pounding.


>Anyone tried with blender to make the paste of chillies and other
>required stuff ? How did it come out?


I have made it and have never mortar/pesteled or blended anything.
But obviously if you're starting with whole (rather than crushed
or powdered) red pepper you will have to do something of the sort.

Steve


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Amanda wrote:
> I am going to make it for myself today (not for my vegetarian friend
> who's visiting yesterday).
>
> Every recipe for Thai Green Papaya Salad asks to use Mortar and pestle.
> I don't have one and I don't like that much manual labor of pounding.
>
> Anyone tried with blender to make the paste of chillies and other
> required stuff ? How did it come out?
>



What about buying chilli paste at an Oriental grocery store? (the good
ones also contain garlic, but that's probably OK.) Where'd you find the
green papayas? (A SE Asian guy that I used to work with, I think he was
from Laos, said shredded raw carrots substitute pretty good for the green
papaya -- you end up with a different dish, but very similar.)

Best regards,
Bob
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zxcvbob wrote:
> Amanda wrote:
> > I am going to make it for myself today (not for my vegetarian friend
> > who's visiting yesterday).
> >
> > Every recipe for Thai Green Papaya Salad asks to use Mortar and pestle.
> > I don't have one and I don't like that much manual labor of pounding.
> >
> > Anyone tried with blender to make the paste of chillies and other
> > required stuff ? How did it come out?
> >

>
>
> What about buying chilli paste at an Oriental grocery store? (the good
> ones also contain garlic, but that's probably OK.)


I like fresh stuff but this time, I have frozen red thai chiilies that
I bought as back-up and sepearated small amounts into different
sandwich bag and then placed them inside a freezer bag and freezed
them. After I rinsed and soaked dried shrimp, I put chillies, garlic,
and dried shrimp into a blender and grinded them. Then I mixed in lime
juice, tarmarind (soaked in water to get juice), fish sauce and some
sugar.


> Where'd you find the
> green papayas? (A SE Asian guy that I used to work with, I think he was
> from Laos, said shredded raw carrots substitute pretty good for the green
> papaya -- you end up with a different dish, but very similar.)


I got the papaya at an Asian store. I also picked up a few carrots, a
lettuce and a bottle of fish sauce. I have some dried shrimp, lime,
and seedless tarmarind already at home. I also have some cabbage.

I mixed 3:1 of shredded papaya to to shredded carrot. They should be
available at Asian grocery stores.

I'd say mine was more authentic than I realized because of the recipe.
Next time, I will adjust and make it more tangy and a little sweeter
flavor and cut down on the chiillies just a bit.

>
> Best regards,
> Bob


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Steve Pope wrote:
> Amanda > wrote:
>
> > I am going to make it for myself today (not for my vegetarian friend
> >who's visiting yesterday).

>
> >Every recipe for Thai Green Papaya Salad asks to use Mortar and pestle.
> >I don't have one and I don't like that much manual labor of pounding.

>
> >Anyone tried with blender to make the paste of chillies and other
> >required stuff ? How did it come out?

>
> I have made it and have never mortar/pesteled or blended anything.
> But obviously if you're starting with whole (rather than crushed
> or powdered) red pepper you will have to do something of the sort.
>
> Steve


I never thought of getting the chillies already grounded. I got a Magic
Chef blender recently and so it worked out well. Before I only had a
hand blender (Hamilton Beach) and so whenever I tried to make a paste
of anything, I couldn't really do it. So this is my 1st time trying
papaya salad.



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BTW, I was out of peanuts and so I made the salad w/o it.

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> I never thought of getting the chillies already grounded. I got a Magic
> Chef blender


Correction: Magic Bullet.

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