Plastic chutney, candied raw papaya from the Bengali Cuisine

candies raw papaya
I am sure you were intrigued by the name as you opened up the post today, Plastic chutney!!! Candies Raw papaya!!!. This was the reaction at my place too.
Serving a little sample each to the kids-  they said wow, tastes so good mom. Then, I go –what you ate is called plastic chutney!!! I did not have to finish the sentence, there was din. They really thought I served them plastic, melted cooked and more. They were concerned about the turtles who ate plastic and the cows which ate paper. This commotion subsided after about 15 minutes. 
with a good laugh, there is no plastic in the recipe. This is an old recipe I adapted from my co sister’s mom, who makes it her best effort to stuff me full whenever I visit her. She taught me that a little sweet at the end makes every meal is a delight. This is a very Bengali recipe and as sweet as her. She had zealfully shared her scraped pineapple chutney and paneer payesh too. Promise to share that with you another day.

What contributes the name?

raw papaya

 The plastic chutney, it is, of course, the beautiful pawpaw(papaya) featuring as a beautiful textural additive. The firmness of the papaya to hold its cut and yet imbibe the sweetness contributes to the glistening glass-like look.  The thin cuts and the glassy look makes it look like a thin sheet of transparent plastic. Hence contributing the name. 
To this recipe, you could add saffron to turn it slightly orangish yellow and raisins. I have omitted both. If you are concerned about the sugar in the recipe, try a stevia version, that was cool but not so candied feel as the normal sugar one. 
It would be best not to advocate the benefits of papaya here,  coz I believe with the added sweetness, it really may not contribute to its best potential as a health factor. Never the less a great sweet recipe to end a homecooked meal or a relish for the sweet-toothed. 
Honestly, I have forgotten  (yes I should have written down) what she added in the tempering, so I went with my favourites, kalonji, jeera, methi and red chillies. I have a funny feeling that’s not the right mix. If you do know about what I should really add to the tempering, do teach me. 
raw papaya
Try these too for a sweet end to the meal
We have one more recipe with raw papaya in case you have a huge one – Erisherry curry

raw papaya erisherry

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candies raw papaya

 Plastic chutney

Sweet raw papaya from the Bengali Cuisine
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Desserts, Preserves, Sweets and savories
Servings 4 people


  • 1 cup drinking water
  • 1 cup raw papaya peeled and the white flesh sliced thin.
  • 6 tbsp unrefined sugar or jaggery
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Wash and peel the papaya well.
  • Slice into thin chip like pieces to get one cup of losely packed pieces
  • In a sauce pan add water and sugar and prepare a simple syrup on low heat
  • Now add the papaya pieces and salt and bring to a boil
  • Cover and simmer till the papaya pieces cook and attain glass like appearence
  • Remove the cover and simmer till most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Remove from heat and ad the lemon juice
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  • Mix well and set aside for 10 minutes.
  • It is now ready to serve.


The tadka on top is totally optional. I have used one tsp ghee to temper nigella seeds, fenugreek seeds and a small red chilli.
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5 years ago

OH wow, that’s something so new and interesting. I am not too much into sweet dishes with tempering, however, this recipe sure makes me want to try. Must have been interesting to note your family’s reaction right..:)

Padmajha PJ
5 years ago

I was really intrigued by the name! Looks so good! Tempering for sweet dishes do taste good,right! Now I am going to pick up a small papaya on my next visit to the farmers market and try this one. Would love to see the reaction from my family when I serve them this plastic chutney!

Poonam Bachhav
5 years ago

The raw papaya chutney is new to me. The recipe sounds interesting ..would love to try it sometime

5 years ago

Wow!! This looks really good….would surely try out !!

Nandita Gupta
5 years ago

Wow looks fantastic and ever so unique. I have never really thought of this concept.

geetha priyanka
5 years ago

Unique name and recipe, looks good. I would love to try..

5 years ago

Plastic chutney looks amazing .. Thanks for lovely recipe . Mouth watering

5 years ago

I was curious when I read plastic chutney…hehe kids are so innocent, they believe everything we say. Love the way the chutney has turned out. Awesome

Sujata Roy
5 years ago

You made me nostalgic. My mom often made this plastic chutney. Still remember the heavenly taste. You made it so perfectly. You don’t need any tadka in it. Some people use mustard tadka but I love it without any oil or tadka. Lovely share.

Sujata Roy
Reply to  Sujata Roy
5 years ago

Sorry read it mustard seed tempering. But you rightly said its optional.

Soma Mukherjee
5 years ago

You have made me nostalgic and crave for these now , my dida (grandma) used to make this for me in my child hood have so lovely memories of this your recipe is just too good thanks a lot for sharing.

Priya Suresh
5 years ago

Very interestng name and those transparent papaya chunks looks absolutely stunning. Truly a new chutney for me..

Mayuri Patel
5 years ago

I too was definitely intrigued by the name of the chutney..plastic chutney, thank God you had written papaya too in the same line. An interesting and totally new recipe for me.

5 years ago

This looks amazing and the chutney is totally new to me. The recipe sounds so inviting & delicious.

5 years ago

I’ve heard of this chutney before but didn’t know how it was made. The name is totally intriguing and very interesting! ? The chutney itself sounds simple and utterly delicious! ?

5 years ago

this raw papaya chutney looking tempting seema, name I really never heard but it is tempting me to make.

5 years ago

I would definitely gobble up this edible plastic chutney with my thepla. Such an interesting and tempting recipe. Bookmarking it.

5 years ago

Wow, that is a really interesting way to cook raw papaya. I once made candy gooseberry but this plastic chutney of raw papaya sounds more interesting.

Vanitha Bhat
5 years ago

Something new! The name and the dish are so unique…must try this one soon!

5 years ago

So unique and pretty!

4 years ago

Oh yes, I was intrigued by the name. Was thinking what exactly is plastic chutney. Interesting recipe with raw papaya

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