Papaya & Chocolate chips Pancakes

papaya chocolate chip panakes

papaya chocolate chip panakes


As we hunker down for ‘Sandy’ here in the East Coast, much of our time is being spent arranging for supplies for the hurricane/storm that seems to be marching on towards us with an unprecedented severity. I ran to the grocery store today morning to get an extra supply of water and some more food stuff, just in case. We don’t face any threat of water shortage presently, but with dire flood warnings going around, one never knows.

As I walked out of CVS with a few heavy stuff in the cart, I struggled momentarily with the manual doors that this CVS has. A gentleman, who had been standing right behind me at the counter,broke away from his line for a moment to hold the doors open for me. He appeared in a flash, and then disappeared back inside even quicker, before I could even fully form a ‘Thank-you’ on my lips. The kind gesture made me grateful, and happy. This has happened with me many times here, still it warms my heart every time. There is nothing like an act of kindness and stellar behavior from a complete stranger to lift your spirits. I was ready to spread some sunshine.


papaya chcolate chip pancakes


Next I went to our local Whole Foods to finish rest of my shopping. The parking was full. After driving around to find a spot near to the entrance, I spotted one. As I turned to park my car, my eyes fell on the shopping cart standing bang in the middle of the empty parking spot, stopping me in my tracks. A lady was unloading that cart. She had entered the wrong way, and now was having to carry the stuff all the way around to the back of her car. Normally people  move their carts and stuff from parking spaces to make way for incoming cars right away. But she didn’t. She was unloading still, so I gave her benefit of doubt.

I waited patiently while she unloaded the offending cart. My Xtra-large SUV was sticking its behind out half way through in to the driving space, obstructing traffic. I craned my neck to see if there were any other spaces available. There weren’t. There was another lady on my right who was also loading her car with groceries. She smiled and I smiled back my greeting to her.  The offending cart lady didn’t look up, not once, and continued on.

I waited.

When she was picking up the last item from her cart, I opened the window, stuck my head out, and said, very politely, if she could please move the cart from the way so that I could finish rolling my enormous car in.


papaya chocolate chips pancakes

She finally looked up at my voice. Then, with an expression that we often have when we swat away a fly, she turned and walked away. No other acknowledgement and no effort to move the obstructing cart even an inch.  She had a male companion with her, who had been invisible to me so far. Both of them played tag around her car for few seconds, vying for the passenger seat from the look of it, and then she walked around, sat in the driver’s seat, and started the car. All the time, avoiding to look at me at all cost, while I sat there, totally outraged and stunned at this unfamiliar act of brazen disdain, inexplicable lack of manners and insensitivity.
Exasperated and angry, I honked my car, stormed out, shoved the cart out-of-the-way within an inch of her car’s front wheels, walked back and drove my car in. All of that before she even had time to check her rear view mirror while backing out.

When I finally got down from the car, my smiley neighbor expressed sympathy and surprise at the uncouth behavior of the couple. “That was unbelievable! I watched all of it. She was so rude it was criminal,” she exclaimed. We both rolled our eyes, expressed outrage, shrugged our shoulders, two strangers momentarily bonding with each other over an unwarranted bout of unacceptable behavior from a third stranger.

Two very contrasting set of behaviors, both with 15 minutes of each other.


papaya chocolate chip pancakes


So do two acts from the opposite end of the same spectrum cancel each other out? Personally, I would rather not let anything so unpleasant spoil the rest of my day. Still, the unpleasant feeling lingers. Luckily, I had the good gesture from the morning to help me along.



I am a part of this exceptionally talented blogging group that showcases a Power Food each week. The Power Food ingredient each week is based on the book Power Foods: 150 delicious recipes with 38 Healthiest Ingredients from the editors of Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine. It’s amazing the kind of food that fall under the purview of Power Foods. You can find these ingredients in everyday kitchen. They provide an outrageous amount of nutrients – fiber, vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium, minerals, phytonutrients, fatty acids – and anything else that you can think of that aids in promoting good health and healthy food habits.



This week’s ingredient is papaya. Ever since I was a child, I hated papaya, particularly its sweet clingy smell. My family loved it. In fact, our family dog Pixie used to adore papayas. My Mom has a few Papaya trees growing in her garden. Pixie would sit below them for hours, waiting patiently for birds to knock a juicy fruit off its branch. Then she would spend next few hours wolfing down the papaya. She ate one such papaya even a day before she died. Now a days, whenever I see papayas, I remember her.


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Papaya is a veritable super star amongst Power foods. While it too has all the other mandatory nutrients like beta carotene (only the ripe ones), fibers, vitamins etc, where papaya scores solidly over other foods is its ability to aid in digestion. The proteolytic enzyme called papain breaks down protein and also acts as an anti inflammatory agent. It has enormous other medicinal qualities as well. It is one of the very few fruits whose direct use in form of extract has been proven to reduce cancerous cells. Papain is also a great vermicide. It is also used to treat acne, freckles, warts, corns, etc. Papain is a goldmine for beauty treatments.



 Over the years, I have tried  a few papaya recipes here and there. To be honest, I prefer to make face packs from them than to eat them. But papaya chocolate pan cakes are  amazing little treats that I help myself to once in a while, and they are hits with the kids too.


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Papaya & Chocolate chips Pancakes
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Serves: 4
  • 2 cups ready made Pan cake Mix (or make your own, see below for recipe)
  • 1-1/4 cups water/milk
  • ½ cup sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup sweet ripe papaya bites
  • Oil to spray the pan with
Pancakes mix from scratch:
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 egg OR 1 tbsp whipped yogurt
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  1. Mix the water/milk and the pan cake mix into a smooth paste. Don't whisk it too much or it will become too frothy and the pancakes will be flat.
  2. Stir in the chocolate chips and papaya bites.
  3. Coat a skillet with oil.
  4. Pour ½ cup of batter slowly, making a round pancake. The batter should be viscous enough to make it fall freely but not run.
  5. Once the bubbles form and the edge looks golden brown, flip.
  6. Fry the other side for a minute. Both sides should be golden brown.
  7. Serve with butter or sour cream and a syrup of your choice.
For more fabulous papaya recipes, do check out my fellow Power food bloggers:

19 comments for “Papaya & Chocolate chips Pancakes

  1. CCU
    October 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Linger on the good stuff my friend it always brightens the day 🙂
    And you and I are on the pancake wavelength this looks wow!

    Choc Chip Uru
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    • October 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      You are so right Uru.

  2. October 29, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    I keep checking the news. If you’re eating these then you’re fine. They look great.
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    • October 30, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      We are doing well now Maureen. The storm has passed, though we are still having some steady rainfall. Hopefully there will be no more flood like situations.

  3. October 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    I wouldn’t let that horrible woman ruin your day. People are unbelievable.
    I am like you, I do not care for papayas at all. My dad loved them so much and would buy them by the case…yuck.
    Now, I buy a green one every now and then to make Bihari kebabs!
    However, your pancakes look awesome, maybe I could tolerate papayas in a pancake with lots of syrup!

    Stay safe Minnie. I went through Hurricane Ike and had no power for two weeks. I pray you are saved from that inconvenience.

    Nazneen xx
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    • October 30, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      Thanks Nazneen! I am so glad to have you for company, hahahaha!My dad loves Papaya too, raw, ripe, in between – all kinds. Yuck too!

      And thanks for the wishes, it was bad while it lasted. WE had one humongous tree from our yard fall into out neighbor’s property, missing their house by a few feet. That was scary. Now we have to scramble to remove that tree, and also consider removing a few others which might be hazardous to their house. Bother.

  4. October 29, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    I haven’t stocked up at all. Is that bad?

    Also…um HOW RUDE to that lady!! And that guy was super nice 🙂 It’s totally funny how different humans can be. *shrug*

    Oh yes and pancakes–with chocolate chips..yessss
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    • October 30, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      So true. How are you guys holding up? NY has been badly hit I heard. Hope you guys are doing fine.

  5. October 30, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    I am not that much of a fan of papaya but this surely looks very tempting Minnie! =D

    • October 30, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Thanks so much Helene. These came out pretty good.

  6. October 30, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    What a story, such opposite behaviours! Rest assured that kismet is alive and well and that horrible woman will get her’s!
    Interesting combo for pancakes, quite lovely in fact.
    Eva Taylor recently posted..Pear and Milk Chocolate Clafoutis with Caramel SauceMy Profile

    • October 30, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      Thank you Eva! It does stump you.

  7. October 31, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    I hope you’re okay with that hurricane, Minnie. What a terrible time for you and everyone in your State. That woman was unbelievably rude and selfish. Here you have to put money into your trolley in order to get one. The only way to get your money back is to return the trolley to the trolley bay. Sadly these measures have had to be introduced because of people like her xx
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    • November 1, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Some stores have started doing that here too. She was truly unbelievable. I mean, she just needed to get the cart out maybe 6 inches one way for my car to fit in. Amazing.

  8. November 1, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    ooh, chocolate chip pancakes with some yummy tropical fruit – delish!
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  9. November 3, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Oh wow!! WOW! Is all I can say on that lady’s behavior.

    Papaya pancakes! now that is a new one!! yummy
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  10. November 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    I’m wondering where you heard that papaya was good for warts. I have several large warts that I would love to get rid of.
    I did read that it was good for getting rid of internal parasites, but warts?
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  11. November 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Hi Minnie, you should have picked up the shopping cart and put it upside-down on that stupid idiot’s car… or, failing that, put it right behind her so she can’t pull out. Some people make me so mad…..!!!

    Great use for papaya here… I’ve always found it a very nondescript fruit, but it’s so pretty, so pancakes looks like a yummy use for them!
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