My parents’ next door neighbors have grown a papaya tree in their yard, and the uncle loves gardening and takes special care of the tree. Papaya trees are great to grow as they are known for their bountiful yields. As the fruit becomes ripe every year, uncle sends some to us because he knows how much my father loves papayas.

My father loves them so much that even when he spots unripe papayas in the market, he would still bring them home and wrap them in newspaper to ripen and sweeten them. Papaya is a low calorie fruit and is known to help control stress and help in losing weight.

As it so happens, I was at a friend’s place yesterday and found her contemplating what to do with a leftover piece of papaya, as it was unripe and not very sweet. I quickly scanned her fridge and found a few peaches; that was it! I then made for her a chilled glass of tropical nectar, by blending the papaya chunks with peaches.

It tasted so great, and I felt so accomplished, that this summers I am going to help everyone drink juices and smoothies by playing around with summer fruits.

Ingredients:

  • Papaya – a quarter piece
  • Peaches – 2
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 2 tablespoons
  • Salt – ¼ teaspoon
  • Black salt – ¼ teaspoon (optional)
  • Mint leaves – 3 to 4 leaves (optional)
  • Ice Cubes – as required

    Instructions:

    1. Peel the papaya and peaches, then remove the seeds
    2. Dice into small pieces
    3. Blend everything together until smooth
    4. Serve cold

    Fatima Ali

    I am trained to be an IT professional. I served National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) for six years after graduating from the same university. As long as I can remember, cooking good food has been my passion and it makes me happy. My cooking lessons were a bit unusual though. Back in the day when digital did not mean much, my father would record cooking shows (knorr ka kitchen, kaukab khuwaja and Zee Khana Khazana – Chef Sanjeev Kapoor) for me to watch endless times later on, before trying the recipes out. I would make brownies and cold cake almost every day while my mother was asleep. This was my way of surprising her every evening. My mother cooks amazing food too and I have tried many of the recipes written in her recipe book. I draw inspiration from a number of chefs from televised cooking shows such as Late Chef Farah, Chef Rahat, Chef Mehboob, BBC Food, Masala TV, Chef Shai, Chef Sharmeen, Master Chef Australia and my ultimate favorite Chef Shireen Anwer. I would not be as good a cook I am now without passive guidance from each one of these.