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Papadum Recipe

The girl who likes spice

The girl who likes spice

How to feed a toddler? She will not eat carrots, mashed potatoes or apples, typical toddler food. She does not like plain, unseasoned food…even her oatmeal must have cinnamon sprinkled on top. Her chickpeas must be swimming in some sort of curry. No wonder: she is my daughter, all of 2 (almost), and she most certainly takes after me, because I like spices, boldness, flavor. And she is following suit.

We were eating Indian food one night in the East Village. The papadum was quite spicy, but not for her. She munched on it like it was some ordinary biscuit made for a toddler, washing it down with a mango lassi. So I decided to make papadum at home. Goodbye dry, tasteless organic wheat crackers. Hello, papadum!

6 cups of lentil flour
1 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground cumin seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
Vegetable oil for frying

Make the pappadum
Mix flour, pepper, cumin and salt. Add water and knead the dough until smooth. Add some water, depending on the flour. Split the dough into 10-15 balls and roll out one ball at a time to a very thin round layer on a slightly oiled surface. Dry the papadums in the oven on a cookie sheet for an hour at 175 degrees. Remove from oven then fry briefly in a pan until crispy, but not browned.


7 Responses to Papadum Recipe

  1. jen wilson February 27, 2010 at 11:33 pm #


  2. Maria Concilio March 31, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    i am making these SOON! Can I make my own lentil flour? yum!

  3. Kristen Zerna January 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    I wonder where I could find lentil flour? Is it available in Indian stores perhaps? I love papadums and just like you, my daughter loves it too! 

  4. admin January 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Hi Kristen:
    You can usually find it at health food stores or specialty food stores. I’m sure Whole Foods has it, if you live near one. Where are you located? I can help you find a place.

  5. Sabrina November 14, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    I’ve been looking for good chickpea papadum recipe for my 19 m/o son,who also loves spices and spiciness! Thank you!

  6. Mike November 16, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    Hi try they do a great selection a restaurant curry spice packs and I just ordered some more from them and see that they do the Lentil flour URID specially for Papadums.
    Google urid flour as well
    Good luck

  7. Sharon E. Russell August 29, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    So, I purchased the papad flour, which is Matpe Bean Flour or Urad Daal, from an Indian Market. I’m mixing them now but have already added a cup of water to 4 cups of flour. I’m not sure how you would do this with only 1/4 cup of water. It’s as dry as dust. I have my dough resting in Saran Wrap on the flour absorbing liquid evenly idea. Just like resting pasta dough. We will see how the finished product is.

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