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Masala Papad Recipe – A healthy Indian snack

Razy Shah | January 13, 2014


Masala Papad is served in Indian restaurants as an appetizer. It is a lesser known snack with samosas and pakoras leading the popularity race. I had never tried this snack until a trip to Muthiah Restaurant at Changi Business Park.

It may be low on popularity but it is unbelievable in taste. I liked it so much that I have been trying to recreate it since. The masala papad is a simple dish and is easy to prepare. 

If you are in the mood for a healthy Indian snack, this Masala Papad recipe is a great choice. Happy cooking!

The Visual Recipe

Step 1: Prepare your ingredientsmasala-papad-complete-ingredients-indian-recipes-little-india-directory

You will need:

  • 8 pieces of papad (We recommend plain Lijjat Papads)
  • 1 medium-sized red onion
  • 1 medium-sized tomato
  • 1/2 (half) tablespoon chaat masala per papad (We recommend Shan Chaat Masala)
  • coriander leaves for garnish

Be sure to pick fresh ingredients for your toppings.

Step 2: Finely chop the onion, tomatoes and coriander leaves.masala-papad-chopped-ingredients-indian-recipes-little-india-directoryStep 3: Roast the papads without any oil on a frying pan over medium heat. Be sure to press down on the papad to prevent curling as it cooks.

Step 4: Sprinkle the onion and tomato toppings evenly.

Step 5: Sprinkle the chaat masala. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.


The Printable Recipe

For reading this far, here’s a printable version of the recipe. If you try this recipe, do share your experience in the comments below.

Masala Papad Recipe
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
An easy to prepare Indian snack that is healthy.
  • 8 papad / appalam
  • 1 medium-sized red onion
  • 1 medium-sized tomato
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • coriander leaves for garnishing
  1. Finely chop the red onion and set aside.
  2. Deseed the tomato. Chop the tomatos finely.
  3. Place a frying pan on the stove over medium heat. Roast the papad without any oil. Use a wooden laden to flip and press down on the papad while roasting. This is to prevent the papad from curling up
  4. Sprinkle a layer of onion. Sprinkle a layer of tomato
  5. Garnish with coriander leaves
  6. Sprinkle chaat masala powder (I recommend half a tablespoon per papad)
  7. Your masala papad is ready to be served
You can add cucumber in addition to tomato and red onion
For a tangy masala papad, use raw mango in addition to tomato and red onion
For an unhealthy version, apply ghee onto both sides of the papad. Microwave it for 60 seconds.


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Razy is our man on the ground in Little India. You will find him snapping pictures of places, helping the lost tourist and enjoying a cup of chai with business owners. While he’s not in Little India, he does copywriting, manages the social media and formulates digital strategies for small businesses at 2Stallions Digital Agency. Other articles by this author



Jan 14, 2014
Lily Yi says:

Yum!!! The cook time for this is like 5 min, and eating takes 20 sec :p

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