Rajasthani papad.

The legendary Rajasthani papad is thin, crisp, round shaped made from pulses along with black pepper and cumin seeds. You can roll them out either large, medium or small depending on preference. These papads can be served as an accompaniment, can be cooked as a subzi, crushed to make a churi –  along with ghee and spices, served with fresh onions, tomatoes and masalas for a quick snack.


250 gms moong dal flour

250 gms urad dal flour

250 ml water

2.5 tsps salt

1 tsp Papad khar

3/4 tsp Cumin seeds

3/4 tsp pepper corns coarsely crushed

1/2 tsp turmeric powder.


Sieve the flours together. Tip the water into a pan and add the cumin seeds, turmeric powder, papad khar and salt. Bring to a boil. Switch off and allow to cool down for around ten minutes. Keep about 7 tbsps of flour aside to dust the pellets while rolling them out. Take the flour in a large bowl. Drop the crushed pepper corns into the flour. Pouring a little water at a time bind a stiff dough. Divide the dough into four portions. Take each portion and pound it in a mortar till it becomes smooth and elastic. It takes about fifteen minutes to pound all the four portions. Keep them covered for about five minutes. Take one portion and pinch off equal sized balls depending on how big you want the papad to be. I prefer making small sized ones as they are easier to roll out and fry too.

Dust the ball/ pellet with a little flour and roll out the papad as thin as possible. Similarly finish off with the remaining dough. At no point of time the dough should be left uncovered.

Spread a cloth or a plastic sheet and place the rolled out papad on them. Allow to dry thoroughly in strong sun for around four hours. Dry them for a longer time if you are making a large batch and plan to store them.

These papads can be fried or roasted as per preference.

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