Green Papaya Lemongrass Soup with Coconut

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We use green papaya in this soup, which is simply the unripe versions of regular papaya. Green papaya might sound unfamiliar in a soup, but it creates a beautiful symphony of flavors with the lemongrass, ginger and coconut.


SERVES 2, MAKES 1400 ml

Soup Base

• 3 cups peeled & chopped
green papaya (approximately
1 small green papaya)
• ½ small green chili, chopped
• 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
• 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
• 1½ tablespoons chopped

lemongrass stalks

• 2 ¼ cups water
• 1½ tablespoon lemon juice
• 2 teaspoons rock salt
• 2 cups coconut milk


• ¼ cup corn, boiled
• ¼ cup chopped coriander


Prepare coconut milk.


1. Steam the papaya until it is soft.
2. Meanwhile, take a shallow pan and dry roast
the green chili, coriander seeds, ginger and
lemongrass together. Add ¼ cup water and
let them cook together for 2-3 minutes, till the
flavors are soaked in.
3. Place this spice mixture in a blender along with
the steamed papaya, 2 cups water, lemon juice
and salt. Blend until absolutely smooth.
4. Right before serving, add coconut milk to the
soup. Stir well.
5. Top with corn and coriander and serve (Do not
re-heat before serving).

Tip The papaya used is not the soft, ripe and
orangey one, but the unripen green papaya, which
is firm, green on the outside and white on the inside.


  1. Immune Boost: Packed with vitamins and minerals from green papaya, ginger, and lemongrass, this soup helps strengthen the immune system.
  2. Digestive Health: Green papaya is known for its digestive enzymes, aiding in digestion and promoting gut health.
  3. Anti-inflammatory: Ginger and lemongrass possess anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation in the body.
  4. Hydration: Coconut milk provides hydration while adding creaminess to the soup.
  5. Heart Health: Coconut milk contains healthy fats that support heart health.
  6. Antioxidant-Rich: Green papaya is rich in antioxidants that combat free radicals and protect against oxidative stress.
  7. Weight Management: Low in calories and fat, this soup can be a part of a balanced diet for weight management.
  8. Vegan-Friendly: Made with coconut milk, this soup is suitable for vegans and those following a plant-based diet.
  9. Refreshing: The combination of green papaya and lemongrass creates a refreshing and invigorating flavor profile.
  10. Easy to Digest: The smooth texture of the blended soup makes it easy to digest, perfect for those with sensitive stomachs.

Nutritional Value (per serving):

  • Calories: Approximately 250
  • Carbohydrates: Around 20 grams
  • Protein: Roughly 4 grams
  • Fat: Almost 20 grams
  • Fiber: About 3 grams

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