Lijjat Papad, Haldiram Papad, Patanjali Papad and its benefits
Papad is a thin, crisp and round shape popular Indian snack. This popular snack is consumed with great delight in the entire Indian sub-continent. It is served with the meal as an appetizer or a snack. It can be consumed roasted or deep fried form. It also goes well with toppings like onions, carrots, tomatoes.
How to make Papad
Papad is mostly made from lentils. The lentils are made into dough. Salt and oil are added to the dough as to one’s taste. Some seasonings like cumin, chili, garlic or black pepper can be added to add extra flavor to the preparation. Baking soda can also be added to the dough to make it fluffy. This will make the product crispier. The dough is then made into small balls. The balls are then rolled into very thin, round flatbread and then dried into the sun. The Papad thus made can be consumed after roasting or deep frying.
Varieties of Papad
Being a popular snack, the Papad is made in a variety of ways in India. The preparation varies from region to region and even from family to family. It is also known by different names in different regions of the country. Different type of lentils can be used during preparation. Urad Dal, Mung Dal, Chana Dal are used for the preparation of this snack. Apart from these, there are a few varieties made from Rice, Potato, and tapioca. Sabudana Papad made from tapioca instead of lentils has also gained popularity due to its added health benefits.
Apart from meals, this popular snack is also served with alcoholic beverages in many bars in India. A special curry is also prepared from it in northern parts of India. Chaat made of Papad, potato, onion and some other ingredients is also savored with great delight in many parts of the country. Brands in the Industry
Papad was made in almost every household in the country. But, in recent years, due to changes in modern lifestyle, many household do not find time to make Papad at home. In India, Papad manufacturing is linked to women empowerment. Most of the Papad produced in India is produced by co-operative groups of women. Many big companies have entered into this market. The following are a few of the biggest brands in Indian market-
• Lijjat Papad
• Patanjali Papad
• Haldiram Papad
One can easily purchase these snacks online now too. It is advisable to store the product in an airtight container to increase its shelf life.
Calories in Papad
This crispy thin cracker is also known for its health benefits. It is an excellent source of protein for people who rely on a vegetarian diet. It is also rich in calories. One piece of Papad of 10 gram provides us with approximately 37 calories.
Benefits of Papad
• It works as an appetizer.
• In roasted form, it helps absorb extra oil or fat content from the body when consumed after the meal.
• As it is made from lentils, it is completely free of gluten and can be easily consumed by people suffering from the gluten allergy.