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Old Feb 13, 12, 8:20 am   #1
 
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Indian flatbread

What is the proper name for those round, Indian flatbreads they bring out as appetizers in so many Indian restaurants? I've had a few times recently and thought maybe we'd try to make at home, but when I googled it seemed like there are hundreds of different recipes for those things, with many different names. Kind of has the texture of a crispy tortilla and they always have a dipping sauce to go with. A simple recipe would also be much appreciated!
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I believe it's Papadum

There are probably as many different recipes for making them as there are people making them

Many of the recipes I've seen for them when I was looking were of the type

1) buy package of papadum in Indian Grocery Store
2) Roast directly on a gas burner or on the grill till crispy

They are usually made with bean flour, which isn't that cheap, so it may be easier to just buy the package.
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I believe it's Papadum

There are probably as many different recipes for making them as there are people making them
Thanks, I definitely didn't have that on my list. I thought maybe it was Chapatis or Parantha
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There's a recipe here

http://www.masalarecipes.com/indian-...apadum-recipe/

that has a listing of also known as for them

Papadums (or Poppadums, Poppadoms, Papads, Happalas or Appalams)
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I believe it's Papadum
Right you are.

Once I remembered the name, I enjoyed ordering them when we were in India a few weeks ago.
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and here you can buy it online or take the name to an Indian grocery store:

http://patelbrothersusa.com/newsite/search_results.asp
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Is it like Naan? I love that stuff!
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I believe it's Papadum

There are probably as many different recipes for making them as there are people making them

Many of the recipes I've seen for them when I was looking were of the type

1) buy package of papadum in Indian Grocery Store
2) Roast directly on a gas burner or on the grill till crispy

They are usually made with bean flour, which isn't that cheap, so it may be easier to just buy the package.
The ones I pick up (Sharwoods) you heat some tasteless oil, and pop the papdum in the oil for around 15-20 seconds, while holding it down with tongs or similar, flip, repeat then drain on kitchen paper. That allows it to puff up and I far prefer the taste done this way, to microwave etc. Not tried it on a gas burner tho!
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Is it like Naan? I love that stuff!
No, it's thin and crisp. I love naan too.
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No, it's thin and crisp. I love naan too.
Now I have another new food I need to go try!
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There are all kinds of interesting Indian flat breads. It did sound like you were talking about poppadoms. Do try out a simple chapati if you get the chance though. More something to mop up a curry with rather than as a starter.
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We visited a Patel Brothers (from the link above) a few weeks ago. It's been there less than a year, and the place we use to go to (it was closer) just closed last month.

The place was amazing, nothing like it in this area. Highly recommend it should you have one near by.

Fresh Nann is wonderful out of the oven, we usually use Madhur Jeffery's recipe

http://www.food.com/recipe/madhur-ja...n-bread-446809
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If you have never explored Indian cuisine you would never think it, but there are lots of different kinds of Indian breads. Naan is probably the most popular, it's probably the closest thing to American style brea d( it is leavened, although flat like a pita. Look in the deli section of your grocery for those - they are becoming quite popular to just toss in the oven.

However, you are talking about those lentil crisp things, more a cracker, with They are spelled many different ways, but most markets I have been in seem to sell them. Apparently it is one of the few items nearly every Indian family tends to purchase premade, kind of the way we purchase potato chips. I have found them even in markets that have very little international stuff. Dont always look in the Indian section alone, either.
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