Recipe: Spiced Papaya Milk

Serves 2

Thick, creamy, and spicy, this drink popular in Northern Chad is refreshing and healthy.


4 cups cubed papaya (if fresh is unavailable you can use 2 cans, drained)
2 cups milk
3 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp cardamom
pinch ginger

1-2 cups ice, as desired


Gather your ingredients. First the beautiful papaya… drained and ready for the blender…

Then the spices. Start off with just a little and add the full amount if you can handle it! :)

Dump into a blender with some cold milk…

And ice, to taste. You can make this drink as thick or as thin as you like.

Make it on a wickedly hot day, or a balmy night.  Or right this minute.

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  1. It’s a smoothie….I’d use yogurt….

  2. just tried out this recipe! It’s very tasty, so creamy and the ginger and cardamom complement the papaya wonderfully! Thank you very much for that!

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