Pepper Poppadoms Recipe

Just some of the many poppadoms Indians eats with their meals. Prasanna Sankhe

Note: Black gram flour and asafoetida can be found in most Indian specialty markets.

Recipe Facts

Active: 60 mins
Total: 26 hrs
Serves: 12 servings

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  • 1 pound (about 2 1/2 cups) urad daal (black gram flour, see note)

  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida (see note)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper

  • Kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon oil divided


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine black gram flour, cumin seed, baking soda, asafoetida, black pepper, and a large pinch of kosher salt. Add half of water and work into mixture with hands. Gradually add more water until the dough just holds together. Gradually add the oil and knead into a very stiff dough. Cover and set aside for at least two hours.

  2. Remove from bowl and knead with greased hands until it is very pliable, about 5 minutes. Using a tablespoon measure, divide into 12 to 15 small balls. Roll each ball into very thin rounds with a rolling pin on a lightly oiled surface. The rounds should be evenly thin and about 6 inches in diameter.

  3. Space the dough rounds on rimmed baking sheets and dry in direct sunlight until totally dry, 24 to 48 hours. Alternatively, dry in the oven at the lowest possible heat for 4 to 6 hours, or in a dehydrator. Store the dry papads in an airtight container for up to 6 months. To serve, heat directly over an open flame or gas grill until lightly toasted. Alternatively, preheat broiler to high and broil until lightly toasted.

Special Equipment

Mixing bowl, tray, rolling pin and board, airtight container

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
158 Calories
4g Fat
22g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 158
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 77mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 326mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)