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Masala Papad (Papad Salad)

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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19 thoughts on “Masala Papad (Papad Salad)

  1. The step by step procedure is very helpful to prepare. Yesterday my mom prepared it, the taste was excellent. She used ghee instead of oil, anyhow the taste was good. Thanks for posting.

  2. Hi,
    Thank you for sharing masala papad salad recipe procedure.I will try, hope make so delicious & fabulous. I love try new recipe’s any-time. I was try your last recipe , it make so awesome & tasty, waiting for your next recipe.

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

  4. 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.

    1. There are a lot of veggies in this recipe. Looks so tasty too. Time to order my groceries from sastaaza.com now!!! The best thing about their service is the fantastic freshness of the produce. Ever been to a farm? no? Order from them and enjoy the feel…

  5. 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. 🙂

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