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Pappada Vada

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Pappada Vada


Put simply… Homemade pappada vada are better!


Pappada vada are kind of like really posh and tasty papadams. 

Papadums are delicious but this Keralan recipe takes them to the next level.

The papads are dipped into a spicy batter before deep frying. Unlike papadams which increase in size when fried, these battered papads stay about the same size.

If you want to work ahead, you can make the pappada vada a couple days ahead of serving and stored in an air-tight container.

Pappada vada are delicious served just as you would normal pappadams with a selection of pickles and chutneys.


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Only add enough water to blend the rice into a thick, creamy batter.

Making pappadavada

Add the spices to the batter and stir well.

Making pappadavada

If you find that you have added too much water for the batter to adhere to the papad, add a little rice or plain flour.

Making pappadavada

Dip a papad in the batter and ensure it is completely covered.

Making pappadavada

Fry until crispy brown, turning from time to time.


Transfer cooked pappada vadas to a wire rack or paper towel to soak up excess oil.



Yield: 20

Pappada Vada

Pappada Vada


  • 1 ½ cups Basmati rice, rinsed and soaked in water for five hours
  • Water for blending
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 generous tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp dried chilli flakes (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • More water if needed, should be batter consistency like double cream
  • 20 papads
  • Oil for deep frying


  1. Place the soaked rice in a food processor and add just enough water to blend into a thick batter. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients. The batter should be thick enough to adhere to the papads when dipped into it. If it is too thick to easily dip, add a drop more water.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or wok until hot enough to deep fry. If you drop a piece of papad into the oil and it sizzles and floats to the top immediately, the oil is ready.
  3. Dip the first papad into the batter ensuring that it is very well coated and gently place it into the oil. Fry for about 40 seconds until the batter coating turns light brown. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a wire rack over a tray. Allow the excess oil to drip into the pan while you finish cooking the remaining papads.

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