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!
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!
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.
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.