How to Cook Papadum (papad)

November 19, 2008


I ate lunch with clients at a gorgeous French restaurant. The setting was rolling countryside. The three-course meal came complete with a cheese trolley, encyclopedic wine list and a lovingly-christened dog called Cassoulet.

Back in London I had just about enough time to rush to Covent Garden for dinner with the girls. Formerly journalism students, we all saw the error of our ways. Moved into PR. And regretted it ever since.

We tucked into another three courses and complimentary Bellinis at a low lit Covent Garden bistro. One German, a Kenyan, a Spaniard and me. The food was standard Brasserie fare. The conversation low brow to match – clients, classmates and copulation.

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that complete a meal.

Like Papad. These wafer thin discs of lentil crisps are the perfect accompaniment to any Indian meal. You can dry roast them on a naked flame. Or fry them in hot oil.

That’s a choice of too much effort or too much effort. So I don’t bother with either. How to cook perfect pappadom (Papad) easily? I just stick them one at a time in the microwave for a minute each. They curl up slowly, turning crisp and golden in places. I’ve tried this technique with the perennial classic spicy Lijjat Padad and Khanum Madras Plain Pappadom. And it works every time.

Just don’t forget the three-part Indian meal to go with it…


4 Responses to “Speedy Crab Cakes”

  1. IshitaUnblogged Says:

    April 17th, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Absolutely fabulous Mallika! I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to showing off my friends (virtual or otherwise), so here’s my nose reaching the sky (not in the manner of Pinocchio’s – it’s not a lie).

    Sharing your video:)

  2. Indian Lacquerade Says:

    April 17th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    WoW! Mallika. I have been stalking your blog for a long time now. This is such awesome news! I love your writing style and the recipes you cook up. You deserve this! Congratulations again!

  3. bijoy Says:

    April 23rd, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Hi, Mallika,
    Please could you email me the recipe for the crab cakes. I would like to see what 2 cans of crab meat weigh and what brand.

  4. Ready to eat meals Says:

    February 6th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Easy ready to eat meals, perfect to go with plain or jeera rice.Even a good dish for snacks.

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