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Masala Papad Makes a Wonderful 10-Minute Appetizer or Snack

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masala papad

masala papad

Cooking Time

Food Type: Indian starter snack (appetizer)

Preparation time: 8 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 minute per papad frying

Serves: 6 masala papads

Papad ready in 10 minutes


  • 6 store bought papads. They are available in Indian stores. Select the 'Punjabi Masala papad'.
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrot grated
  • 1/2 cup tomato finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp coconut grated (optional) gives good taste
  • 2 tbsp cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Fry papads one-by-one in hot oil, and spread on an absorbent paper.
  2. Mix all other ingredients in a bowl. Keep in mind that the papad already contains salt and pepper in it. Add less chili powder and salt. Taste the mix for accuracy.
  3. Spread 2 tablespoons of mix on the fried papad. The topping should be spread at the time of eating. If you leave the papad with the topping, it becomes soggy due to the moisture content in the topping.
  4. Enjoy the freshness of the papad with topping!

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The topping mix

The topping mix

Store bought papads (Punjabi Masala Papad)

Store bought papads (Punjabi Masala Papad)

Fried papad with topping

Fried papad with topping

Punjabi Masala Papad

This papad is made of urad dal, pepper powder, and salt. It is typically available in packets of 25 or 50. These are papads are dry and can be stored for a few months in an airtight container. There is no need to refrigerate.

You can even roast the papads on a stove or oven. They are both spicy and tasty. You can use papads as a side dish even without the topping. The papads are thin, crunchy, and have a special flavor of urad dal.

We should remember here that urad is a rich source of protein and vitamin B. It has many other nutrients that are good for health like iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, etc.

Masala Papad Is Healthy

This topping has many good vegetables like fresh onions, carrots, tomatos, and coconut. As I mentioned, this dish has urad dal, pepper, and salt. Hence, the whole combination is healthy!

You can fry the papads in advance and can store them an airtight container for later use. The topping mix remains fresh for a few hours if stored in a refrigerator. Just store the papad and the mix separately because you don't want the papads to get soggy.

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