3.4/5 rating (31 votes)



  • Heat Mild
  • Serves 4
  • Prep 1 hr 30 mins
  • Cook 5 mins

Indian crisps eaten with dips and chutneys

Hari says

Popadoms are an essential part of the meal when you go out for a curry. They are wafer thin crisps made with Urid flour that are fried and used as an appetiser with a whole array of spicy condiments. At home they are usually bought dried, in packets which are either deep fried or baked on a dry tava (griddle pan). They can be plain or flavoured with cumin, ajwain, black pepper or even chilli. 

I usually tend to buy them because they are great to have in the cupboard but they are pretty simple to make if you can get hold of Urid flour. If not you can grind up dried urid lentils to make the flour yourself or use gram flour.

This recipe and pictures comes from one of the members of #Hari'sCurryCrew from the App who created these amazing popadoms and shared the recipe with us so thank you Jon Crew-Gee for your work on this beautiful recipe!

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 4oz Urid flour
  • 2oz rice flour
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tps pink rock salt
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 40ml water


  1. Put the flours, turmeric and rock salt into a bowl and mix. (You can also add spices at this stage cumin, ground black pepper, ajwain, garlic powder, chilli flakes are all good.)
  2. Add the coconut oil and add the water a little at a time and stir to make a stiff dough. Knead until it's smooth.
  3. Wrap the dough in cling film and let it sit for an hour.
  4. Split the dough into 6 equal sized balls and roll out to 1mm thickness. You will need to use flour to dust your surface.
  5. Place the rolled out poppadoms on some kitchen roll to dry for 20 minutes. You can also leave them in the sun to dehydrate and store them in an airtight container at this stage.
  6. Heat oil in a wok drop in a little of the dough if it sinks and rises then the oil is ready.
  7. Gentle place one poppadom into the oil and push under the oil until it bubbles and turns golden. Remove and set on some kitchen roll. Repeat with the remaining popadoms.

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