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crispy masala papad served on a black plate with more onion tomato mix at the backgorund.
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Masala Papad

Masala papad is a delicious Indian starter or snack with papad and flavorful onion tomato salad. It is super easy to make, quick and you can whip up a large batch in minutes. Vegan and gluten free. Here is how to make it at home easily.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snack, starter
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: masala papad
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Harini


  • 6 urad dal papads
  • 3/4 cup onions finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 2 green chilies chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chaat masala powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or lime juice
  • salt to taste


Preparing the onion tomato mixture

  • Place onions, tomatoes, green chilies and coriander leaves in a food processor jar and mince finely
    minced onions tomatoes and green chilies in a food processor jar
  • To make the topping for masala papad, tip in the minced vegetables into mixing bowl. Add salt to taste, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon chaat masala and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Mix well.
    onion tomato mix for masala papad

Preparing Papad

  • Heat oil in a deep pan wide enough to hold the whole papad. If your pan is small you can cut the papad into wedges and fry too. To get the restaurant like feel I like to fry it whole :)
    urad dal papad
  • Once the oil is hot slide in the papad and fry in medium flame.
    frying papad in oil
  • Using a tong flip it and fry both sides until crispy and golden. Remove to a plate.
    deep frying papad in oil
  • Roasting- Place a stove top grill stand over open flame. Place a papad over it.
    roasting papad
  • Roast from sides, it will curl up and its ok. Once it is crispy and charred. Remove to a plate.
    roasting papad in grill


  • Assemble and serve. Place a roasted papad or deep fried papad on a plate. Spread the prepared onion tomato mix. Serve papads topped with masala immediately.
    masala papad ready to serve


Serving: 6servings