Papad is known by many names such as Papar, appadam, pampas, happala etc. It is not a main course or meal, it is basically a companion meal. It is prepared from lentils, rice, tapioca or potatoes. Flavouring agents such as black pepper, asafoetida, cumin etc are added in the dough along with salt and vegetable oil. The dough is then rolled in the shape of chapati and dried in the sun. It is fried or dried roasted as per need. This crunchy appetizer is appreciated all over India and is often served with rice dishes. The taste of papad varies from one state to another due to the use of different ingredients.
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