Saturday, March 12, 2011

Som tam Polamai (Thai Fruit Salad)

      SomtamPolamai:A great and nutritious appetizer.. I learned this  great thai recipe from my maid. I love the creativity of Thais in about anything. Thai Cooks maintain standard not only in terms of nutritional values and tastes but also in food presentation.i always observe how thai food is being garnished and presented on the table.Thai salads are different from their western counterparts. They are made up of wide variety of ingredients and prepared to have a great presentation and flavor. Thai cooks combine colors,flavors and aromas to give the best and most pleasurable eating experience. If we talk about salads, I want to combine aesthetics and health considerations. Take a look at this!
The color combination is inviting itself, isn't it? It's called "Somtam Polamai" or sweet and sour mixed fruits salad . Fresh fruits include dragon fruit, guava, Apple,rose apple,Grapes, etc. and sprinkled with broiled peanuts and shredded carrots. Great and nutritious appetizer!
The original taste of this dish should be the balance taste between sweet, hot, salty, and sour. 

1.      3 cup fresh fruit, cut into well cubes (Guava, Dragon fruit, Apple, Pineapple, Rose apple, Pomelo, Grape, etc.) 
2.      6 cloves garlic
3.      4 to 5 Thai spur chilies
4.      1 tablespoon soy sauce
5.      1 tablespoon lime juice
6.      2 teaspoon palm sugar or brown sugar
7.      1/2 cup roasted skinless peanuts
8.      1/2 white onion sliced
9.      Salt to taste

1.      Use mortar and pestle to crush the chili and garlic.
2.      Add sugar, salt and half peanut into mortar, continue beating with the pestle.
3.      In large bowl add fruits and season with soy sauce, lime juice and palm sugar. 
4.      Then mixed all ingredients well.
5.      Transfer to a serving plate.
6.      Serve with rice or sticky rice.
Note: In original dish add shrimp and fish sauce (Nam Pla). Some restaurants use shredded carrots and tomato too . 
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Manu said...

Daksha, this fruit salad looks like a work of art: beautiful shapes and colours! Fantastic post! :-)

Medeja said...

This sounds very interesting :) Fruit salad with garlic.. :)

Torviewtoronto said...

this looks flavourful delicious

kitchenmorph said...

i'm in love with thai anything in food. yup their salads are great. this looks so good.

Kankana said...

I really love this dish and you used dragon fruit .. one of my fav fruit !!

visda said...

Wow! I love this salad. Amazing ingredients. Thanks for sharing.

Tammy said...

This salad looks fresh and yummy!

The Mistress of Spices said...

You know what's so funny...I was daydreaming of Thailand this morning and thinking of a salad - like a som tam but with fruit. Then I saw that I had bookmarked your recipe for this months ago. So nice to be reminded of that...I must try it soon!

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