Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Home made Papadi for chaats or just to snack

Papadi is another essential ingredient for chaats. These small crispy puris imparts a crunchy texture to any chaat. But in our case, these crispy discs are not just for meant for chaats but as a regular snack as well. More than me, it is S who has become a big fan of this. He just munches away half the papadis while having coffee and the rest when watching TV. He even insisted that I make large quantities of these. So now you know how versatile these little puris are.

The best part about papadis are, they can either be made plain or they can be dressed up with spices and seeds. I have added carom seeds to this recipe. But you can use your imagination and try flavoring the papadis with cumin, dill, chilli powder, or sesame seeds.

I am also sending this to Aparna's second food photography exercise. The theme this time is less is more. So in this exercise, we need to shoot the subject with minimal composition. So that the subject gets all the focus. This seems to be so me. Because I have always loved pictures with minimum props and I like my food always being the hero. That being said, I am still not happy with the photographs taken. I am not sure what went wrong. I will try to submit another set before the deadline.
Specs- Apperture- f/5.6, Shutter speed- 1/13 S, ISO- 200. I have used a reflector on the left hand side
Home made Papadi

Preparation time: 10min+standing time
Cooking time: 20min
Makes- 20 to 25 papdis

All purpose flour- 1 cup
Fine semolina- 1tbsp
Ajwain or carom seeds- 1 tsp
Salt - 1/4tsp
Oil or clarified butter- 2tsp
Water to knead the dough
Oil to deep fry

  • Combine the flour, semolina,carom seeds, salt and ghee in a bowl and mix well.
  • Add water gradually to form a stiff dough. Cover and let the dough stand for 10- 15 min
  • Pinch a small marble sized dough. Using a little flour to dust, roll the dough into a thin disc of 1-1/2" in diameter and prick the disc with a fork so that they don't puff up while frying.
  • Heat oil in a wok and deep fry the disc in batches of 5 or 6 till golden brown.
  • Drain on an absorbent paper and allow the papadis to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

This above photograph goes to the lovely black and white Wednesday event. Which  was started by Susan and incidentally, is also being co-hosted by Aparna.


  1. this is perfect papdis. looks awesome

  2. i m so liking that cute lil jar of papadis... and you ve just kicked up that desire in me to eat papadi chaat

  3. I love these... though never made them on my own, my use to make it. I love the second pic and the black and white one is really good. I too am planning on joining in for Aparnas Photography excercise. :)

  4. Papdi looks delicious

    Food Fun Freak

  5. A must for the rainy season..Too tempting!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  6. These papadi are so addicting. Love them.

    Fabulous photos my friend!

  7. Wish to munch some rite now, super tempting crispy beauties.

  8. perfectly made papdis. crispy and lovely with a piece of pickle.

  9. A wonderful speciality and lovely pictures!



  10. Very tempting papdi.......drooling so will have to make them soon.

  11. I had a tough time while baking papris. Got it right after several attempts! These looks fantastic.

  12. Beautiful pictures...really loved them...

  13. am really really really impressed.. you made papris!! wow... and am extremely appreciative of your last two pics.. good stuff!! :)

  14. First time here, am glad I found your space. The papdis look just perfect. I can imagine snacking on them addictively :-). Happy to follow you. Check out my blog when you get a chance.

  15. Thank you for sending your photographs to me, both for this week's BWW as well for the photography exercise on "Less is More".

  16. ooh! you did post the right receipe. I was just planning on making some slurpy chat at home since long and with your meetha receipe posted earlier, I can certainly make something yummy. BTW, d pics are lovely.

  17. Hi,

    Nice to visit your blog. this is my first time here. Awesome clicks and the papadi looks perfect. I am going to be your blog follower.

  18. I can see this papadi can be very versatile with different ingredients/toppings. I try not to snack on something but when I do, I rather want to eat healthy homemade stuff (and I actually don't...that's shame!). It's so nice that you make this from scratch. I need to work on more baking skills!

  19. I´ve never tasted those but I think I will. Your recipe seems perfect and really detailed.

    Fantastic blog and pictures ;)


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