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Do'o Modipo

Chicken with Papaya

Chicken with Papaya

Do'o Modipo or Chicken with Raw Papaya is one of the most well known A'chik Mande / Garo dishes, and it's well represented online.

Most recipes for Do'o Modipo seem to have the same ingredients. Where they vary is in how much water is added. Some have as much as a 4 cups, turning the dish basically into a soup. Others call for less water added gradually and may make a sauce. The one I followed didn't ask for any.

The original recipe didn't specify what types of papayas to use except for calling them "raw". I now suspect that what they meant by it was "green papayas," meaning those that haven't yet ripened. While that's what I ordered, what I got delivered was a ripe Mexican papaya. I suspect that when you cook green papaya the structure of the fruit remains firmer, while releasing its juices. The ripe papaya became mushy and didn't release much juice, so this ended up being a dry dish for me.

The original recipe was cooked on a non-stick pan and no oil was used. I don't know what the A'chik Mande / Garo people did before the invention of nonstick pans, but what I did was add a little oil.

I was quite surprised at how tasty it was given is simplicity and few ingredients. The chicken was succulent and the slightly sweet caramelized fruit brightened it. I'm not sure what the baking soda is supposed to do - but it's a common ingredient in A'chik Mande / Garo dishes - but it didn't add a metallic or otherwise weird flavor.

Note that this recipe witll serve 2 people with western-size appetites.


Chicken with Papaya


  • 2 lbs chicken parts
  • cooking oil (if needed)
  • 2 - 3 cups cubed papaya
  • 1" ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 1 green chili, whole but seeded
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


Cut chicken parts into 2-bite pieces (e.g. cut thighs in thirds).

Heat a non-stick frying or saute pan over medium-high heat or a heat a thin layer of oil on a regular frying pan. Add the chicken and brown on both sides. Add the papaya, ginger, chili, salt and baking soda and stir well. Lower heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes.

Adapted from Geline's recipe at the Life With Kevin&Geline YouTube channel.

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