What is Papadum?

pappadumsPapadum is a type of bread originating from Indian culinary traditions. Occasionally, you may see it go under the name “lentil chips”, “appala”, or “papari”. It comes in the form of a thin, cracker-like food made from a dough that might be made from a flour of black beans, lentils, rice, or chickpeas. Often times, the dough will be seasoned with an assortment of Indian spices to give it an extra kick.

People will enjoy papadum in a variety of different ways. Sometimes it stands by itself as an appetizer or a snack, possibly dressed with chutney, raita, or a similar sauce. It may also be served along with a curry dish, where it might serve as a utensil to scoop up the main dish.

Those who are unable to handle the strong spiciness of Indian dishes find the bread handy for cutting the intensity of the curry.

In India, many small enterprises run by women have been built around baking papadum. Due to the ease of creating the bread and the minimal initial investment required in producing it for commercial purposes, it has proven to be an easy way for these women to achieve financial independence. Papadum has therefore earned a reputation as a symbol of women’s empowerment.

When you dine at Spice Route, you can partake of this old Indian favorite for yourself. Try our papadum and chutney, or our masala papadum topped with onions, tomatoes, and spices. It’s a great way to get an authentic South Indian cuisine experience in Bellevue!