July 22, 2020

Masala Khichiya Papad - Satvik & Vegan

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Masala papad needs absolutely no special introduction as it is now one of the most ordered starter or rather filler at any Indian restaurant.  
Today , we shall see a different variant of Masala papad using khichiya papad . This papad is a speciality of Gujarat region and Masala Khichiya papad has gained popularity as a delectable street food .

What is Khichiya Papad ?
Papads made out of rice flour as main ingredient is known as Khichiya in gujarati . Papad khar a special type of salt is used in the making of these papads ..papad khar has salt and some amount of soda bi carb and baking soda which help in making of papads.

These papads are rolled into medium thick rotis and dried under the sun until crisp and moisture free.They are then stored in airtight containers 

How is khichiya papad made?
Traditionally, rice flour along with salt and spices is slowly added to boiling water and using a ladle it is mixed well without lumps till it comes together like a dough.
The dough is kneaded further with hands and then steamed in a steamer for 12 to 15 mins.
Once it is bearable to touch , small balls are pinched out of this dough and the rolled into medium thick rotis and sun dried until crisp.

Do we have different flavors in Khichiya papad? 

There are many variants . Some of which I  have tasted are listed below.

Saadha (plain) Khichiya papad
No extra added flavors except salt .

Spicy khichiya 
 It is spiced up using red chili powder or green chillies .  The red chilli variants looks slightly reddish in color due to the chilli powder being added where as the green chilli variant has just a paste of green chillies added to the basic dough before rolling it out .

 Pudina khichiya 
 Paste of mint leaves and green chillies is added to the dough while kneading and then rolled out. This variety will have a mild greenish color after frying.

Garlic khichiya
Flavored with some garlic paste to the dough .

Jeera / Ajwain khichiya
Either jeera (cumin) or ajwain(carom) seeds are added to the dough as flavoring agents or at times a combination of both are added. 

How to eat khichiya papad ?
The sundried papads are either roasted on open flame or deep fried and served as a snack or an accompaniment with lunch or dinner .
Traditionally they were roasted on burning charcoal and topped with some ghee and red chilli powder .

Today's recipe is all about how to make a tasty , crunchy and lipsmacking masala khichiya papad at home just like the ones served at the street food carts. This can serve as a perfect tea time snack or small hunger pangs for the kids who are now attending online classes from home .

I have used store bought sun dried khichiya papads and today we shall see how to make masala papad using fried khichiya papad.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Frying time : 30 sec per papad
Serves -1 papad per person
Complexity: simple

Khichiya papad as much as needed 
Finely chopped cucumber 
Finely chopped tomatoes
Finely chopped onions (optional) 
Sev as needed 
Fried channa dhall 
Finely chopped corriander 
Green chutney as needed 
Some chat masala
Some red chilli powder .

  • Fry or roast the khichiya papads and keep ready.
  • Take one papad , place it on a plate .
  • Spread some tomatoes, cucumber, sev , fried channa dhall. 
  • Drizzle some green chutney all over . Don't spread too much chutney as you will lose the crunch quickly .
  • Sprinkle chat masala , red chilli powder and garnish with finely chopped corriander and serve immediately. 
  • You can drizzle some dates tamarind (meetha) chutney if you like .

Linking this to Valli's Kids' Delight event hosted by Kalyani this month for Monsoon Special.


  1. This is such an excellent snack. You can even setup a masala papad station when you have bigger gatherings to let everyone make their own masala papad. So fun! Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is a lovely snack for evening tea or drinks. Looks irresistible with nice toppings

  3. I always buy this one readymade since I have no patience to make and let it dry, love the idea of making masala on top if it.

  4. We all love our bhels and chaats and have lots of versions of serving it. Using the khichiya papad is a good on. The papads on their own have a great taste and the toppings make them perfect for snacking anytime.


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