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My partner loves curries and we have an Indian restaurant near-by which he used to go to all the time and buy really fattening curries. Since I've been on my healthy eating plan I have told him not to buy any take aways because I can't resist temptation and for the past few months I have been making my own curries for us every Friday evening and he likes them just as much as the takeaway ones he used to have or at least he says he does! I usually serve my homemade curries with rice and naan bread but when I saw that these pappadums were on offer in Tesco a couple of weeks back I thought that they would make a nice change and I decided to buy a pack. I only paid £1 for the pack of ten and the usual retail price is around £1.99. These aren't really very filling and I found that the pack didn't last for very long, as the first time we tried them we had three each then we had the remaining four (two each) with just some humous and dips as a snack so these are quite expensive in my personal opinion given that a pack can be used up so quickly, although saying that me and my partner have both got quite big appetites! The pappadums come in simple packaging which once opened can't be re-sealed so if you don't eat them within a couple of days they'll go all stale and inedible. The packaging has got all the information that is needed on it such as the ingredients and nutritional information. These pappadums are plain and I find that they're great for dipping in curry or dip and I like the crunchy texture. The texture of the pappadums means that they're easy to snap in half and they're not as crumbly as some brands of pappadums that I have tried in the past, which is good as they're not quite as messy. They're pretty light - not heavy and doughy as they have a thick crisp type texture and I could easily eat quite a lot of them without feeling full but as they don't taste of much I do find that they need to be served as a side with a curry. As they're plain they would go with almost any meal really without spoiling or interfering with the flavour, and next time I see them on offer I'm going to buy a few packs so that I can experiment more with them. I think as well as Indian dishes they'd also go well with Chinese and Thai dishes like fried rice and sweet and sour dishes. They also go nicely with humous and other dips. My son liked munching on one by itself too so they are really versatile. Each pappadum contains around 29 calories which isn't bad in my opinion but as I said they're not very filling so I think most adults would have at least two or three. The pappadums are very quick & easy to cook as they just go in the frying pan with a little bit of oil for three seconds per pappadum, which makes them expand and go crispy. All in all these pappadums are a nice addition to a spicy meal and as they are plain they're versatile enough to be eaten with a variety of different foods and flavours. I do think that they're a little bit overpriced at the full price but all in all I recommend them.
Pappadums are delicious - it's a fact! That said, some are definitely better than others, and the quality can be variable with the ready-made ones. One way to get excellent pappadums with only slightly more effort is to try 'Pataks Plain Pappadums' which you fry yourself, and can be purchased for around £1.50 for the ten pack. Ingredients - - - - - - - - The pappadums contain; Lentil Flour, Salt, Raising Agent: Sodium Bircarbonate, Rice Flour, and Vegetable Oil. Making the pappadums is pretty easy - firstly, heat up around three centimeters of vegetable oil in a frying pan until it's very hot. You can actually test that the oil has reached the correct temperature by dropping a small piece of pappadum into it - if it expands and starts to bubble, you know it's ready. Getting the oil hot is the most important thing, as if you don't then the pappadums won't cook correctly. Next up, pop a whole pappadum into the oil - it will immediately expand, turn white, and go from being flat and pale, to bumpy and golden. Only let it cook for around two seconds on each side, and then remove it from the pan (obviously with some tongs rather than your fingers!). Finally, drain the oil from the pappadums with kitchen towel, and you're done. The poppadums can be cooked in the microwave, but they don't taste as nice, and I recommend you use the method detailed above. The flavour is delicious - subtle and crunchy with a salty finish. I couldn't eat just one of these and stop, as they are incredibly moreish. Similarly, they are great in contract to a nice spicy curry, and by nature are really crunchy. I'm actually surprised to find that the pappadums contain only 0.1g of fat, and no saturates. Similarly, the calorie count only comes to twenty nine, which is certainly good to see. Yes, they're slightly more hassle to prepare than the ready made variety, but in the grand scheme of things they aren't that much effort, and they taste so much nicer. Nutritional Info Per Pappadum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Calories: 29 Sugar: 0g Fat: 0.1g Saturates: 0g Salt: 0.5g