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Vegetarian Raw Papaya Kebabs (Air Fryer)

Vegetarian Raw Papaya Kebabs made in Air Fryer | Low Oil, Gluten-free and Vegan Friendly Raw Papaya Kebabs made in Air Fryer
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Snacks and Starters
Cuisine Indian
Servings 9 medium sized Kebabs


  • Air Fryer
  • Pressure Cooker to boil potatoes
  • Food Processor/Mandoline to grate Papaya
  • Mixing Bowl


  • Cups Grated Raw Papaya 1 medium sized papaya
  • 2 Boiled Potatoes medium sized
  • 1/4 Cup Chickpea Flour/Besan
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Coriander finely chopped
  • 1-2 tsp Fresh Ginger grated
  • 1-2 Green Chillies(optional) finely chopped


  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
  • ½-1 tsp Red Chilli Powder/Paprika
  • ½-1 tsp Dry Mango Powder/Amchur
  • 1 tsp Salt or as per taste
  • 2-3 tbsp Oil


  • Boil Potatoes.
  • Prepare cream cheese and pesto filling.
  • Wash and peel papaya.
  • Grate Papaya finely. Use your food processor or manually do it using a mandoline. Papaya should be finely grated as thickly grated papaya will spoil the texture of these kebabs.
  • Squeeze out extra water from grated papaya.
  • Once potatoes are boiled, cool it completely and then peel and mash it.
  • Now take a mixing bowl, add grated papaya, mashed potatoes and add all the spices in it.
  • Add 1 tbsp of oil. Mix everything nicely.
  • Now take small portions, flatten it on your palm, add a tsp of cream cheese filling. (This is OPTIONAL).
  • Seal the edges nicely. there should not be any cracks, else filling will ooze out.
  • Make all the kebabs in the same way. Brush with oil. Arrange in air fryer frying basket.
  • Air Fry at 180C or 200 F for 15 mins.
  • Serve warm with chutney of your choice or cream cheese and pesto dip.

To bake

  • You can also bake these for 15-20 mins, at 180C /200F.

Shallow Frying on Pan/Griddle

  • Heat a griddle or pan on medium heat, add about 2-3 tbsp oil, cook kebabs from both the sides till golden brown.


Do not keep the prepared filling for long as papaya can leave more water due to salt in the mixture. IF you are preparing it ahead of making kebabs then do not add salt. Add it just before shaping kebabs and cooking.
Cream Cheese and Basil Pesto Filling-- It is totally optional. Instead of cream cheese you can use greek yogurt or hung curd or totally skip the filling. Instead of Basil Pesto, you can add mint and cilantro chutney(not watery) or simply add chopped fresh coriander/cilantro and mint leaves.
If you avoid potatoes in your diet (like Jains), you can use sweet potatoes instead.
In case you run short of chickpea flour, you can add oats flour/roasted black chickpea flour(sattu) or flax meal.
Make for your fasting days- Skip cream cheese and pesto filling. You can substitute with hung curd/greek yogurt and finely chopped mint and cilantro leaves
Keyword Air Fried Vegetarian Kebabs, Air Fryer recipes, Raw Papaya, Raw Papaya Kebabs
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