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Monday, September 10, 2007

Roasting Papads & Fryums in the Microwave


Though papads are fried in a traditional Indian kitchen, I roast them in a microwave. Thanks to my husband who learnt this oil free roasting from some of his former roommates. Obviously, it is a healthier version than the oil - fry method and so I am following it gladly, from many years. Some of the types of papads I roast in MW are pictured below.

Upper row - Appadalu/Papad, Fryums, Wheat Fryums
Lower row - Mini papads, Fryums, Uraddal vadiyalu

Place a flat, microwave safe dish / paper plate in a microwave and arrange papads / fryums with enough space in between them so that they have space to expand. I usually place two or three large papads at a time. Small sized papads, fryums and other such stuff may be roasted in large quantities at once. Microwave on high till they are done.

It will take about 25 seconds for mini papads and wheat fryums pictured below.

Usually it will take a minute per batch for original size papads (Bigger ones) and colored fryums.

If you are trying minapappu vadiyalu (urad dal fritters, the darker shade ones in the picture), it would take around 40 seconds.

Microwave roasted papads & fryums

Since microwave strengths vary, the roasting time may decrease or increase. If you are following this method for the first time, be sure to keep a watchful eye on the papads during the whole process. A few seconds more will almost over brown them and they will have a burnt taste.
And I would
NOT recommend this method for saggubiyyam vadiyalu (sabudana papad / fritters) and atukula vadiyalu (poha papad / fritters). (Pics below)

Unfried sabudaana & poha papads

(I have used the word 'Papad' both for appadalu (Happala) and vadiyalu (sandige). I have no idea what Andhra vadiyalu are called in Hindi. I have noticed in shops that sabudaana and the rice flour variety vadiyalu are sold under the name papad. Hence I have used 'Papad' liberally.)

This goes to Microwave Easy Cooking- Basics event hosted by Srivalli of 'Cooking 4 all seasons'.

Update: As you see, sabudana papads can be toasted in Microwave. They are done in about 30 seconds. Our home made sabudana papads contain green chillies and when they are toasted in MW, we can feel (the rawness of) green chillies burning our food passage. This is avoided by regularly frying them in oil. With poha fritters, (as you can see in the picture) even before the out side is done, the inner portion starts to burn and smoke. Poha fritters and MW don't get along.

Back Row - Sabudana papad
Front row - Poha papad

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40 comments:

TBC said...

I too make my papads in the MW.I never knew that it could be used for such things till my hubby taught me a couple of basic things when I first got here after marriage:-)It's been so long since I said Fryums. It reminds me of that silly jingle for the ad.. fryums ta-da, fryums ta-da.

Rajitha said...

suma..thanks! i crave vadams ..but refrain from deep-frying! sometimes ;)..this is just great...

Pragyan said...

This is useful info. Whenever I tried using the micro for papads, it either gets burnt or raw :( SHould try again..

Roopa said...

wow you have all yummy sandige. i too use the same method more healthy :)!

ramya said...

i too fry these in MV but never tried with urad dal vadiyams though i tried all of them.they r easy and healthy.ur papad is looking good.if i do that it won't be that thin like we fry in oil but i love it without oil.any suggestions in this.

srivalli said...

Suma, very brilliant one...thanks for the nice entry...

Redchillies said...

Suma, looks so colorful and yummy. Whenever I have tried doing this, it does not come out properly. Now that I have proof, I will try again.

Namratha said...

Hey this is awesome Suma, I roast papads in the microwave but had no idea I could do fryums too!! I'm gonna try it right away coz I've been putting away frying a whole pack of the coloured ones..hehe...:)

Sreelu said...

Suma I roast papad but never fryums, should try them. I never make them because of oil.Looks so colorful

sra said...

Suma, why don't you recommend the MW for sabudana papad? Today, after reading your post (not very carefully, as you can see) I experimented with one sabudana papad, one minappindi appdam and one popped rice appadam - the sabu. papad did well in 25 secs, just a few spots along the edges didn't cook, the popped rice did v well in 40 secs, turned once, and the minappindi appadam cooked in parts and didn't expand, even though I broke it into pieces.
Btw, I tried your mosaravalakki with red rice flakes and it was very tasty, thanks for the recipe.

Nupur said...

Excellent post, Suma! I do use the MW frequently for Lijjat papad (urad dal based papads) but did not know that it could be used for fryums-type stuff too! Your pictures are gorgeous.

Latha Narasimhan said...

Super entry Suma! How nice that we can do away with oil!

Padma said...

Very nice, interesting, colorful and informative post for us Indians specially who cannot live without out pappadams and fritters.....that looks awesome!

Richa said...

hey, thanks for the lovely colorful tutorial. though i use m/w for papad never tried it for fryums, will do it next :)

Asha said...

Love the photos,very colorful! I microwave the papads but nothing else. Very interesting post to read, thanks Suma.Great entry for MW Basics!:)

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Suma.....Nice one...as soon as I saw this post....I immediately went and put some fryums for myself in the microwave.....
I regularly use mic for papads....tried once for sabudana ones...but failed miserably....
but glad that these fryums turn out well...thanks dear :-)

Happy cook said...

I have never made papadoms in microwave. Should try it as when my daughter ask for papadoms always i tell her it is too oily.
Pity i don't get fryyums here.
I used to love then as a young girl

Tee said...

Nice post Suma! i have just roasted udad dal papads and poha papads in the micro...should try the others too. its been so long since i had fryums! :)

ushaprashanth said...

Hi suma!
That's a good way of frying papads!
good entry for the event!

Laavanya said...

I've not tried making the fryums in the MW - did today and it was good (sprayed a bit of PAM). Mostly I only nuke the Lijjat (Pepper) papads but these are great too.. thanks so much Suma.

Kribha said...

Oh suma, You won't believe this. I wanted to post about frying papads in MW. Then I ended up posting for RCI:K. But I learnt that we can fry fryums too from you. Thanks for the nice pictures and info.

Prema Sundar said...

I usually fry the pepper pappads in microwave and they turn out very well ... haven't tried with ordinary papads and fryums ... nice pics.

Sharmi said...

I loved the coloured flowers. very pretty looking. I had brought a lot of them from India. now I am out of stock.

Suma Gandlur said...

TBC,
MW is such a great life saver. Isn't it? I have been away from India for the past decade and I am not aware of that ad. Indian ads are worth watching. They are like a slice from bollywood.:)

Rajitha,
I hope you enjoy them now.

Pragyan,
Just keep a watchful eye through out the process. Also try doing one at a time, till you get it.

Roopa,
Thanks. It sure is healthy.

Ramya, I don't see any difference when using MW. The papads are thin as the ones fried in oil. May be because of the quality of the papads, though I am not sure.

Suma Gandlur said...

Srivalli,
Thanks.

Red chillies,
Hopefully you get it right this time.

Namratha,
Did you enjoy them?

Sreelu,
You can enjoy all these with MW.

Sra,
Thanks. See the update for your question. Glad you liked mosaravalakki.

Suma Gandlur said...

Nupur, Latha, Padma
Thanks

Richa, Asha
Thanks

Sirisha,
Glad you enjoyed oil free fryums.

Happycook,
I guess she can eat as many as she wants now.

Tee & Usha,
Thanks.

Suma Gandlur said...

Laavanya,
You can do without oil too. They turn out great.

Kribha,
Thanks. Go ahead and post your version.

Prema,
Give it a try for oil free version of appadams and fryums.

mallurecipes said...

u have a great blog out here!!
sabudana papad makes my mouth water yumm!!

Anonymous said...

the irony: male roommates figuring this method out.

priya said...

I tried ur microwave version.It came out very well.Thanks for this great idea.

mona said...

Thats a detailed explanation. thanks for the info!

We Cognize said...

Since we are getting a MWO home now.. I was trying to explore the techniques of cooking in it.. when I came across your blog :)

Thanks for this nice post :)

Torviewtoronto said...

I tried and enjoyed. It tasted good glad it wasn't fried.
I have linked your page to an event
http://torviewtoronto.blogspot.com/2010/06/papadums-in-microwave.html

Subrahmanyam said...

In winter roasting takes long time 1.5 to 2 minutes and always watch as pap-pads will catch fire.
Not a good experience.

Suma Gandlur said...

Mr.Subrahmanyam,
Papads always take me about a minute to get roasted irrespective of the weather. (It doesn't matter because of the heating system, I guess.)I have never gone beyond that time to burn my papads.
It is always wise to keep an eye on the MW, particularly if we are not sure about the amount of time needed to cook to avoid any mishaps.

Amy said...

Even I have a Microwave,mostly I use it for warming food only....but now I have an interest to find some easy recipies & came across this post via Microwave food event...I will try this...

Neetha Gangadhar said...

Hi Suma,
Thank you very much for the microwave papad idea.. I was searching for an easier method to make papad without heating oil.. You saved me from so much work.. :)

Anonymous said...

I did spend many years, kindda eating Papadums fried and sometimes in the microwave. But the frying did get a little tedious, and fatty with the oils, especially when you got two kids who have learnt from their dad to eat Papadums all year round hahahaa. I mean we make curries and Indian sort of rice dishes all the time and my kids love having their Papadums with it. Yes, I raise my hand and blame myself, for them becoming foodies. But, a month ago, I found the nifty Aussie made device called the Papadum Express microwave cooking tray. Bought one, and haven’t looked back since. Real easy now. Anytime the kids want one, I have Papadums ready in a minute. I make six at a time now, unbelievable and without any oil at all. You can make 10 but, I’d need a more power intensive microwave for that. Overall, I am enjoying Papadums in the microwave with Papadum Express on the go, as they are really the main snack items in our house. Also, avoiding all the fatty intake is an issue I am now happy to avoid. Great guns Papadums. Hope this help.

Anonymous said...

Very good.....! It turned out to be so nyc....just couldn't believe!! Thank u so much....

Merle said...

I have put them (colorful ones) in a brown paper bag, sprayed with a bit of oil, and microwaved with great results. Like popcorn!