Papadums served with Banana Leaf Rice are always perfectly fried, resulting in golden yellow crackers. Using a pair of chopsticks, it seems like it is the smartest way to prepare beautifully golden Papadums. https://www.nyonyacooking.com/recipes/fried-papadum
Dried papadums or papads can be found in Indian grocers or some Asian grocers. There are many varieties of papadums to choose from and those served in Malaysia are the simplest which are made out of split pea flour. No other spices such as cumin or chilli powder are added to the dough as such papadums are more popular in northern Indian region. Plain papadums are more common in the southern Indian region, home to Banana Leaf Rice.
There are many ways to prepare papads. Papadums can be toasted as well but to achieve the crispiness many enjoy whereby it is able to hold little "spoonfuls" of rice and some curry, dried papads will need to be deep fried as it is done traditionally. It does not only make your meals tastier but also the crunch as you enjoy your meal.
### Problems when frying papadums
Frying Papadums may appear simple but burned, very oily or soggy papadums and curled papadums are the various problems one will face when preparing them.
### Heat to fry papadums
Burned, oily and soggy papadums happen because of the heat. The perfect temperature is needed. I have specifically used wooden chopsticks to fry them as they are able to indicate that the oil is ready for frying. If the papadums are placed in mildly heated oil, they will soak the oil when frying and this will result in soggy and oily papadums.
I also love the fact that chopsticks are able to pick the papadums quick and gently while tossing the oil away. These gram flour crackers fry almost immediately in hot oil. Do not leave them in the oil longer than required or they may burn.
### Curled papadums
While this will not affect the taste, it definitely affects the eating experience! Curled papads somehow makes it feel more complicated to eat. As mentioned, papadum fries almost immediately once it touches hot oil. Therefore, they should be fried individually. A pair of chopsticks are used to push the papadums instead of allowing to curl as it cooks.
Fried papadums is a mandatory side dish when having Banana Leaf Rice. Enjoy with lots of curries or even with chutneys!