Most Indian restaurants here in the UK don’t bother with papaya paste. Commercial meat tenderiser is used instead to ensure that their tandoori marinated meat is tender and delicious. Papaya paste is the more authentic way of doing it. It’s a natural meat tenderiser that can be used not only in Indian marinades but any style of marinade. There is very little flavour in the papaya paste but it does do a good job at tenderising meat.
By meat, I mean red meat. I rarely use this on white meat such as turkey or chicken. There’s no need.
You can make papaya paste up to three days before using it though I tend to make it on the same day I begin marinating my meat. It only takes seconds to prepare.
This is good to have on hand when preparing tandoori meat for the barbecue.
This makes enough to tenderise about one to two kilos of red meat such as lamb, beef, venison, horse or zebra. Try to find unripe green papayas for best results.
Papaya Paste - A Natural Meat Tenderiser
- 1 large green papaya - skin and all.
- 1 tablespoon (approx. water or vegetable oil)
- Slice the papaya in half.
- Remove all of the seeds from the centre.
- Chop it all up and place in a blender or small spice grinder and blend until smooth. You will probably need to add a drop of water or oil to assist with the blending.
- Cover tightly until ready to us.
Worth a mention: I use a Waring spice grinder for grinding spices and preparing many different pastes. You can purchase one for yourself at Nisbets.
Thursday 16th of May 2019
Great article thanks. I use ripe papaya and works great. I buy water buffalo and it's usually not tender. I marinate for 2-2.5 hrs.
Wednesday 29th of May 2019
Great to hear Andy. Thank you. Dan
Monday 7th of May 2018
Dan how long do i let beef skirts marinate?
Tuesday 8th of May 2018
If you are in the UK, skirt steak needs very little time. The meat is generally really good quality. The thing about papaya is it does too good of a job. I would leave it on for just a couple of hours.
Saturday 20th of January 2018
How would you advice on the quantity to be used for effective result. Thanks
Monday 22nd of January 2018
Just a few tablespoons should do the job. You don't need a lot as it works really well.
Wednesday 14th of September 2016
Can you use the papaya mixture on the meat when you cook it or should we rinse it off ? Could it hurt us if we eat it ?
Wednesday 21st of September 2016
You can eat it. It does't have much flavour.
Wednesday 17th of February 2016
I am a little confused. Do we use the inside pulp and green part (skin) or just the inside pulp.. Do we freeze the left over and if yes how long can it be stored. Please reply ASAP as I am planning to make beef bihari boti kebabs. Thanks
Thursday 8th of September 2016
You can use whole fruit with skin but remove the seeds. Yes you can freeze it for 2 to 3 months
Wednesday 24th of February 2016
Just use the pulp. Not the skin. It can be frozen for about a month but for best results, use fresh.