Masala Papad Recipe- Quick & Easy [Step-By-Step Guide]

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Today, I am going to share masala papad recipe with my readers. Masala papad is a very popular snack one can munch on. It is often served as an appetizer or a starter in restaurants. Moreover, many restaurants in India, specifically the punjabi restaurants and even here in USA serve masala papad for free.

I love eating rice, and among rice-based dishes veg dum biryani is my favorite. But I often like to club my veg biryani with sides like mirchi salan, indian raita or masala papad. Crispy papad either roasted or fried, is topped with mixture of finely chopped onion and tomato combined with spices and slight pinch of lemon giving this side-dish a delightful taste.

A perfectly made masala papad is such a popular dish to round off any main course meal. Majorly it is part of Indian cuisine. Not only is it had as an appetizer or a starter, but it also is a preferred munching snack to be paired with drinks.

The best part about this snack is that it takes hardly 15 minutes of preparation and requires minimum ingredients. In this blog post I am going to share with my readers everything they need to know about masala papad. I will also share my hack on making this recipe in a healthy way.

So without further adieu, lets dive in!

What Is Masala Papad?

Before I share my quick recipe, time to tell my readers what a papad actually is. Papad is a thin wafer, also mentioned as a thin cracker or a flatbread. It is ideally prepared from dried lentils; eaten either fried or roasted.

Masala Papad is an Indian snack / starter which is made out of thin wafer which is either roasted or fried. This thin wafer (papad) is topped with a mixture of very finely chopped onions, tomatoes and spices.

Fried papad is amazing to taste when used for making Masala Papad. However, for this recipe I have used a roasted papad. I assure my readers that they wont miss the enticing taste of fried papad 😊.

Which Papad Is Best For Masala Papad Recipe?

For masala papad, I prefer using the Urad Dal papad. An Urad Dal papad tastes really good. However, depending upon the preference readers may also choose to use a Moong Dal papad.

Khichiya papad can also be used as a substitute of Urad Dal papad to make this side dish. Khichiya is a papad variety which is widely popular among the Gujrati and Marwari community.

Making masala papad at home is a very simple, quick and easy. It requires minimum and easily available ingredients from your kitchen.

Key Ingredients For Masala Papad

Now that I have helped my readers understand what papad is and what type of papad is best suited to make masala papad recipe, let me tell my readers what basic ingredients are needed to prepare this awesome snack at home.

Mainly three major ingredients are needed to cook a tasty masala papad and these ingredients are papad, finely chopped onions, tomatoes, and spices.

  • Papad:

Papad is one of the main ingredients for this side dish and it is crucial that you select the right kind of papad.

I recommend using an Urad Dal papad. I personally use the lijjat papad for my masala papad recipe. But as I said earlier, depending upon the preference readers can choose either Moong Dal papad, Rice papad or even a khichiya papad.

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Choose Right Papad
  • Onions:

Use finely chopped onions as one of the toppings to go over masala papad, the finer the onion is chopped the better as it surely impacts the taste of this dish.

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Chopped Onions
  • Tomatoes:

Use finely chopped tomatoes as the other topping to go over masala papad. Just like the onions make sure to fine chop even the tomatoes. Since this also surely impacts the taste of the side dish.

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Chop the tomatoes
  • Spices & Herbs

Spices add herbs flavor to masala papadYou would need spices like red chili powder, chat masala, and black salt.

 Add herbs like cut cilantro/coriander leaves. It is also called dhaniya. Do not forget to sprinkle a pinch of lemon juice over masala papad. This will add a slight sour taste.

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Preparation Tips For Masala Papad Recipe

For masala papad, you can either roast or fry papads depending on your preference. If you are frying papads then place fried papad on an absorbent paper to absorb excess oil.

If you are roasting papads  then roast them on a pan until they turn crisp. You can even use small quantity of oil, brush it all over the papad on both the sides and then roast it. The papad will taste almost similar to fried papad. 

You can also skip mixing toppings  in a bowl and directly sprinkle your toppings and spices on papad, it’s  your personal choice. If you are mixing the ingredients then use them immediately since the mixture releases moisture. Serve masala papad immediately as you make; keeping it for longer will make it soggy.

How To Prepare Masala Papad

For my detailed recipe on masala papad, please read below my in-depth recipe guide from the printable recipe card below. You can also print this recipe free so that you have this recipe in your record.

I really hope you like my masala papad recipe and that you enjoy my recipe with your friends and family.

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Now make delicious restaurant-style masala papads at home. This side dish is very popular snack and widely eaten across India. This side dish is also served as an appetizer. Rice based dishes like veg dum biryani or vegetable pulao are often served with masala papad as a side dish.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2


  • 2 Large Urad Dal Papad
  • 1/2 Cup Onions (finely chopped) (pyaaj)
  • 1/2 Cup tomatoes (finely chopped) (tamatar)
  • 1 Cup Green Chili (finely chopped) (hari mirch)
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro / Coriander Leaves (finely chopped) (dhaniya)
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Black Salt as per your taste
  • 1 Tbsp Red Chili Powder (laal mirch powder)
  • 1 Tbsp Chaat Masala
  • 1/2 Cup Nylon Sev / thin Sev
  • Oil to fry papad (if frying papads)


Method of preparing Masala papad

  • Place a fried / roasted papad in a serving dish. Sprinkle some chaat masala and chilli powder on it.
  • Add the topping on the papad, spread it evenly to cover the entire papad surface area.
  • If you are not using mixture then add finely chopped onions, tomatoes, green chillies, cilantro on top of papad.
  • Sprinkle chili powder, chaat masala, black salt as per your taste.
  • Squeeze some lemon juice and your masala papad is ready to serve.


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What can we eat with papad?

Masala papad is often made as a side dish, snack or an appetizer. It is most often a preferred starter choice for occasions like Kitty parties, potlucks, family get-together, house-warming parties, birthdays, etc. If you have guests coming over, make them munch some delicious masala papad.

Rice based meals that complement masala papad are plenty. Do check out my blog Yummmy Tummy Recipes. I constantly post new riced-base meal recipes. Masala papad will surely give your rice based dishes an extra edge.

Following are main course meals with which masala papad goes really well.

Vegetable Dum Biryani: This rice based dish is one of the most popular dishes in Indian subcontinent. It can be served either as veg or non-veg. This main course meal is filled with an aromatic fragrance, rich flavor, healthy veggies, long yellow basmati rice, warm spices and herbs.

Pulao: Pulao, which is also known as pilaf or pilau is an assortment of flavorful long grained rice, vegetables and spices. This rice based dish is very popular across the entire Indian subcontinent.

Tahri: Tahri is a rice based dish which belongs to Awadhi cusine. Compared to biryani or a pulao, Tahri is less glamorous. This dish is made up with spices, potatoes and plain cooked rice. Spices are added mainly for flavor and taste.

Is Papad Good For Health?

Well, to be honest I would recommend my readers to consume the Moong Dal papad, since it is healthy compared to the Urad Dal papad. However, I would not recommend anyone to consume papad on a daily basis.

Daily consuming papad can upset stomach or cause skin related issues like acne because of the oil contents in the papad. Consuming papad once or twice in a week is fine.

Closing Thoughts

I am so glad that you discovered my masala papad recipe. If you have tried this recipe of masala papad at home, I want to hear from you. Did you and your friends enjoy it? Please let me know in the comments or on your favorite social media channel.

Are you hosting any party at home and don’t know what to serve as starter? Well, don’t worry as masala papad will save your day. And now you also know that it is super easy to make.

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