Masala Papad is a starter snack of crisp fried papads with a topping of chopped onion, tomatoes and some herbs and spices.  It is a very popular dish in restaurant menus in India. You can prepare different varieties of Masala Papad at home by altering the topping like pomegranate seeds, raw mangoes etc. as per the season and your taste.

Masala Papad

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1 Urad Dal Papad Oil/ Tel to shallow fry the papad

Finely chopped onion/ pyaaz

Chopped tomatoes/ tamatar

Finely chopped green chilli/ hari mirch

A pinch of red chilli powder/ lal mirch powder

A pinch of chaat masala

A pinch of salt/ namak

Lime juice/ nimbu ka ras

Nylon sev/ barik sev

Chopped coriander leaves/ dhaniya patte

How to prepare Masala Papad?

  1. Heat oil in a pan to shallow fry the Urad dal papad.
  2. Check if the oil is hot enough by dropping a tiny piece of papad into the oil. If it comes up immediately the oil is hot enough.
  3. Shallow fry the papad on both the sides while pressing gently at the edges so that the papad doesn’t bend too much at the edges while frying.
  4. Take out the papad in a plate. Note: If you plan to serve Masala Papads later then store the fried papads in an airtight container to keep them crisp.
  5. Garnish with chopped onion, chopped tomatoes, finely chopped green chillies, red chilli powder, chaat masala and salt as per taste, lime juice and nylon sev (fine variety of sev).

Serve masala papad immediately or else it turns soggy.

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