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Masala Papad Recipe

This masala papad recipe is bursting with savory flavors and makes an easy appetizer snack.  Masala papad is a popular Indian street food snack perfect for entertaining , casual hosting or happy hour menu.

I am always looking to make an easy snack to get through that tough 3 pm afternoon slump. Typically I make a nice cup of kadak masala chai and have some savory munchies to snack along.

So , making a mason jar full of some easy Indian snacks is always on my weekly meal plan. Pumpkin seeds trail mixRice Krispies Chivada or Roasted Masala Chickpeas make excellent options… for adults tea time as well as for kids after school snack.

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And when it comes to making something in jiffy,  we can never go wrong with this masala papad recipe. So easy, super customizable and light on calories yet super satisfying.

Masala papad is a super popular Indian starter served across pubs and restaurants. It is my family’s favorite thing to order at the restaurant. My sisters, friends, hubby and colleagues all LOVE it.

Masala Papad served with delicious layers.

I started making masala papad chat for my friends who were casually visiting . And as I realized how popular and nostalgic it was to munch on these crisp papads drizzled with delectable toppings,  it needed to be included in our recipe repertoire.

So drum rolls please.. here is my favorite , ultimate plant-based afternoon snack,  happy hour appetizer recipe of Masala Papad!!

RECIPE FEATURES

EASY and QUICK: Store bought papad can be roasted in minutes using a variety of methods.. in microwave, on the stove or even in the air-fryer. Then you top it off with chopped veggies, chat masala and red pepper.. you can make the entire batch in 10 minutes. Makes it a superb everyday recipe.

GREAT FOR ENTERTAINING: Just like breaking bread to start a conversation, breaking a masala papad is a great starter. With a chilled cold drink on the side, it will happily get your party rolling.

This recipe can be made in moments notice without much prep or planning.  Most items are already in your pantry and easily available.

VERSATILE: There is no hard and fast rule on what you can put on your roasted papads to make this recipe.  Anything easily available or anything you especially like can all be used.

Close up showing beautifully layered vegetarian Indian masala papad.

INGREDIENTS

Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here’s brief overview and notes about ingredients used:

Papads – I recommend using a sturdy variety of urad papads to make this recipe. You can use plain, spicy or Punjabi style. Dry papads are sold in packs in most Indian grocery stores and are also easily available online. Adding my affiliate link for urad papad in case you want to buy it from Amazon.

Pro Tip : You can toast/ roast papad in the microwave instead of deep frying. You can also use air-fryer to roast papad. It tastes great and works perfectly in this recipe.

Tomatoes – use any red ripe tomatoes you have easily available. To avoid Masala Papad from getting soggy, remove the seeds and core of tomatoes and use the outer part only.

Onion – I use a red onion for sharp flavors, but you could use a sweet onion or even a yellow onion.

Seasoning mix – I highly recommend using store bought Chat Masala to season the papads. It is a great spice mix to have in your pantry. This Indian Street Snack Seasoning Blend instantly transforms ordinary dishes, fruits and vegetables to extraordinary with salty, spicy, and sour flavor notes.

I am listing my Amazon affiliate link for Chat Masala to buy this spice mix online.

Cilantro/ Coriander Leaves– Adds a pop of freshness to this appetizer. Use just the leaves.

Lime or lemon juice : fresh lime or lemon juice brightens the masala papad taste. The sour tangy flavor is surely tantalizing.

Sev : Sev is a popular Indian must have in street style snack food. It is a deep fried snack made with crunchy chickpea noodles seasoned with an array of Indian spices. Ready-to-eat varieties of sev also are easily available in Indian stores.  My Amazon Affiliate link for Indian Sev  is here.

Red Chili Powder: A dusting of red chili powder as a topping adds a good spicy taste. Use it per your spice tolerance.

Masala Papad Ingredients

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Prep your veggies : Finely chop onion and cilantro leaves. Cut the tomatoes in half. Remove the core and seeds then finely chop them.

Process shot one to make this recipe.

Roast the Papad : Slightly brush some oil on top of dry papad. Then pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. See the doneness after 30 seconds and add another 30 seconds if needed. A properly roasted papad has small bumps on top and a good crispy crunch.

You can do multiple papads at once in the microwave. Adjust the time accordingly. ( use only 30 seconds intervals to avoid burning the papads )

Tip: you can chop the veggies and roast the papad simultaneously to save time.

Process shot two showing well roasted papad.

Layer it up : Lay the roasted papad on a flat surface ( you need to handle it gently to avoid it from breaking). Layer spoonful of chopped veggies and sev on top. Sprinkle red chili powder and chat masala.

Now your delicious Masala Papad is ready to be enjoyed. To avoid it from getting soggy, eat it soon after making.

Vegan and gluten free masala papad served as an appetizer.

MY FAVORITE APPETIZERS FOR EASY PARTY PLANNING

I love hosting parties to celebrate simple events and things. And making a variety of easy appetizers helps ita rocking success. Here are some delectable appetizer ideas:

SIMILAR INDIAN RECIPES FOR YOU TO TRY

Colorfully layered masala papad.

RECIPE FAQS

Is this recipe suitable for vegan and gluten-free eating?

Yes. All the ingredients are suitable for vegan and gluten-free food choices. Check the papad ingredients for a certified GF option.

How far in advance can this be made?

Masala papad should be eaten crispy and crunchy and freshly made. So have your prep ready like roast the papads and prep and chop the veggies ahead of time. However,  hold off on layering them just until ready to eat. That way you will avoid them from getting soggy.

Masala Papad served with delicious layers.

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Close up showing beautifully layered vegetarian Indian masala papad.

Masala Papad Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 9 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 10 minutes

Masala Papad is delicious Indian Snack appetizer. Papad is thin lentil wafer which is roasted and layered with colorful vegetables and spicy tangy seasoning. This restaurant style appetizer is easy to make at home in just ten minutes.

Ingredients

Instructions

Prep your veggies : Finely chop onion and cilantro leaves. Cut the tomatoes in half. Remove the core and seeds then finely chop them.

Roast the Papad : Slightly brush some oil on top of dry papad. Then pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. See the doneness after 30 seconds and add another 30 seconds if needed.

A properly roasted papad has small bumps on top and a good crispy crunch. You can do multiple papads at once in the microwave. Adjust the time accordingly. ( use only 30 seconds intervals to avoid burning the papads )

Tip: you can chop the veggies and roast the papad simultaneously to save time.

Layer it up : Lay the roasted papad on a flat surface ( you need to handle it gently to avoid it from breaking). Layer spoonful of chopped veggies and sev on top. Sprinkle red chili powder, lime or lemon juice and chat masala.

Enjoy ! Now your delicious Masala Papad is ready to be enjoyed. To avoid it from getting soggy, eat it soon after making.

Notes

Is this recipe suitable for vegan and gluten-free eating?

Yes. All the ingredients are suitable for vegan and gluten-free food choices. Check the papad ingredients for a certified GF option. 

How far in advance can this be made?

Masala papad should be eaten crispy and crunchy and freshly made. So have your prep ready like roast the papads and prep and chop the veggies ahead of time. However,  hold off on layering them just until ready to eat. That way you will avoid them from getting soggy.

Can I roast papad in the air-fryer

Yes you can. Preheat the air-fryer at 275 degree Fahrenheit. Add dry papad and choose 2 minutes. Remove promptly. If you have basket air fryer, you can do multiple papads at once.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 papad
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 66Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 60mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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