As one of the most recognised flatbreads in Indian cuisine, a hearty Indian meal isn’t complete without poppadoms. After all, they are the perfect accompaniment and can be enjoyed as a snack, side or starter with a variety of chutney’s, curries or toppings. Here at Royal Nawaab, we try to provide our customers with an authentic dining experience. Read on as we go over three interesting facts that people tend not to know about traditional poppadoms…
Where do poppadoms originate from?
Traditional poppadoms were first made on the Indian subcontinent and are still served as a popular side dish in a wide range of different countries like Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In fact, this infamous delicacy often has different names depending on the region of India where it is cooked, such as appalam in Tamil Nadu, pappadam in Kerala and papad in Punjab.
How are poppadoms made?
Noted for its crispiness, poppadoms are a flatbread that must be made in a very distinctive way. In fact, the dough, spiced with the preference of the diners in mind, is rolled out to the thickness of paper before being laid out to dry prior to cooking. After this, the poppadoms are then cooked using a variety of methods such as microwaving, broiling or deep frying.
The Modern Poppadom
Interestingly, the poppadom is often associated with female empowerment across India as many of the women there have managed to start their own businesses selling a variety of dishes that centre around the flatbread. In fact, Lijjat is a female-ran organisation in India which began during the 1950’s and is known for selling a huge supply of poppadoms on the open market with an annual income of almost $91 million!
Here at Royal Nawaab, we place a lot of emphasis on the quality of our menu which is why our chefs implement traditional cooking techniques in order to ensure that each and every dish is as authentic as possible. In fact, our poppadoms are always made from scratch! To find out more information about this crispy flatbread, get in contact with a member of the Royal Nawaab team or book a table at our Manchester or London restaurant today!