This is a very tasty and popular Indian snack, here is my mother’s recipe which is delicious. The carom seeds add a lovely aniseed flavour to the papdis. My mum adds them, so I do too! Delicious with Indian chutneys and pickles, or raita.
300g plain flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp chilli powder
½ tsp carom seeds
1 tbsp sunflower oil
Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and then add the sunflower oil. Mix well together until dough like then slowly add the water, mix again and then transfer to a lightly floured work surface and knead together for a few seconds. Once the mixture is kneaded smooth, transfer back to the mixing bowl with a few drops of sunflower oil and let it rest for 15-30 mins.
Take out a small portion of the dough mixture and roll out flat and thin on a lightly floured surface. Prick the papdis with a fork so they don’t puff up when fried and repeat the process until all the mixture is used and the individual papdis are ready to be cooked.
Heat a small amount of sunflower oil in a pan to a hot temperature and then turn the heat down to low. Lower one papdi at a time into the pan and cook for a few minutes until nice and golden, turning them halfway through. Once they are golden on both sides take them out and place on some kitchen roll to absorb the excess oil.
Serve with hummus, raita, Indian pickles (or your favourite dip) and a fresh salad.