Plastic Chutney

Green Papaya is a vegetable usually that does not usually feature in anyone’s favourites list. Mostly it is used as a tenderizer. Here I have attempted to break this myth by presenting the green papaya in  a sweet delicious form that is very popular in West Bengal.

This was probably named as plastic chutney because the texture of this dish looks similar to shining plastic pieces.



  1. Green Papaya – thinly sliced- 120 gm
  2. Sugar –80 gm
  3. Lemon juice – 1 tblspn (preferably gandharaj* lemon)
  4. Salt – 1 big pinch
  5. Water: for cooking papaya – 120 gm
  6. Water: for making sugar syrup – 80 gm


In a pan boil water, add salt and cook the papaya slices till soft but crunchy. Be careful not to overcook the papaya. After a while, the papaya slices willbecome transparent.

In separate pan boil water, add sugar and make a free-flowing syrup. Cool it andstrain it in a muslin for removing impurities. Now add this syrup over the boiled papaya slices, add raisins and cook for another 10mins till the liquid thickens and the syrup brings a shine to the chutney. Add lemon juice, give a nice stir and switch off the stove. The papaya slices should shine like plastic pieces. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with thinly sliced lime leaves.

*Gandharaj lime is a lime variety primarily available in eastern sector of India, in Bengal. Its strong flavor is similar to lemon grass & kaffir lime.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sneha Modi says:

    This looks so good. I never tried this. Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanku sneha. This is Bengali delicacy.

      Liked by 1 person

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