Masala Papad (Papad Salad)

April 23rd, 2012 filed under Appetizers, Snacks, Vegan
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Crispy papad topped with spicy salad makes a very refreshing appetizer. Masala Papad is full of flavors and very tempting. This is a very simple and easy recipe to make.

Papad is a round, flat, dry cracker made with a variety of lentils. They are sold uncooked in Indian grocery stores. You can deep-fry them or dry-roast them.

Serves 2


  • 2 plain papad, (available in Indian grocery stores)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced very small to make a approx. 1cup
  • 1/2 English or deseeded cucumber, cut in very small pieces to make it about ½  cup
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger finely shredded, optional
  • 1 green chili finely chopped, optional
  • ½ lemon
  • 2 teaspoon oil

Spice Mix for Garnishing

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry roasted cumin seeds powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch red chili


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients to make a spice mix, set aside.
  2. Mix tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, ginger, and green chili, set aside
  3. Lightly oil the papads from both sides, set aside.
  4. Preheat the skillet over medium high heat. Roast the papads on both sides in the skillet one at a time, pressing with spatula. The papads will change to a light yellow with a few brown spots. Be careful not to over-roast. Fold the Papads in quarters while they are hot, making triangles right on the skillet.
  5. Remove the papads from the skillet and break on the folds, creating four triangles from each one.
  6. Take one piece of papad and top it with cucumber, tomato, ginger, green chili, and cilantro. Drizzle with lemon juice and sprinkle the spice mix on top.


  1. Removing the seeds from the tomatoes keeps the papads crunchy.
  2. English cucumber is crisper on the outside and tender on the inside.
  3. You can prepare  the masala papad in advance, and add the toppings just before serving.

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10 Responses to “Masala Papad (Papad Salad)”

  1. […] the hotel friendly chef, Vijay Singh, who prepared us delicious dinner. For the first time I ate Papad Masala and I was hooked. Papad Masala became my must-be-ordered-menu during our travel in […]

  2. Jodimello says:

    Very nice recipe with healthy foods. I loved your recipes its too good

  3. sumintra says:

    I try this last night and my family we all love how it taste thank you for sharing your recipe.

  4. sneha says:

    Hi Aunty,
    I made this last night. My husband and me both liked it a lot. Exact resemblance with the restaurants. I just replaced cucumbers with onions.
    Thanks a lot aunty for sharing such wonderful recipes.

  5. Eric says:

    It looks great so I decided to make it AND was really delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  6. sona says:

    this was great, made this yesterday !

  7. Kiran says:

    Very good recipe. You explain each recipe so well, one can never go wrong with your recipes.

  8. Vani says:

    really this is awesome…thanks for sharing…I want to make it tonight. I know my family will fall in love with me all over again if I make this. :-)

  9. John says:

    I will prove that this is.
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. I’m hoping you can show us how to make pappadum from scratch.

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