Ulundu (Urad) Appalam

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You can eat these crunchy Appalams with a meal or you can simply have it as a snack whenever you are feeling hungry or bored.
Ulundu Appalam (Urad Papad)

Ulundu Appalam also known as Urad Papad is Hindi is a popular dish in India. You can find it in every rice plate offered in typical Indian dhabas and restaurants.

It is made from Black Urad Dal, cumin seeds and asafoetida powder. It is deep fried in boiling oil to serve hot and crispy Appalams to the guests. Other variants include those having red chili flakes or powder in order to give them a spicier taste.

You will easily find readymade Ulundu Appalam in grocery shops and malls. However, it is better to make them in your own kitchen since homemade Appalams are healthier and fresher than the packaged ones. Also, you will be able to alter the taste of homemade Urad Appalams whereas most of the packaged ones taste the same.

Ulundu Appalam (Urad Papad)

Ensure that the Urad Appalams are nice and dry before frying them as wetter ones taste plain and a bit soft even after frying. Also, do not store the fried Appalams in wet plates and utensils as they will become soft and tasteless.

Chilli powder and sesame seeds can also be added if you prefer a spicier Appalam. However, they tend to get a black color while frying if you add chili powder and sesame seeds in the recipe.

You can eat these crunchy Appalams with a meal or you can simply have it as a snack whenever you are feeling hungry or bored.

Another version of Appalams, the Masala papad is also loved by many people since it contains fresh onions, tomato and other ingredients which make it a perfect combination of flavor and crispiness. It is also preferred as an appetizer by many food lovers in India.

Ulundu Appalam (Urad Papad)
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Ulundu Appalam (Urad Dal Papad) Recipe

You can eat these crunchy Appalams with a meal or you can simply have it as a snack whenever you are feeling hungry or bored.
Prep Time2 hours
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: appalam

Ingredients for Ulundu Appalam (Urad Dal Papad)

  • 1 cup Black Urad Dal
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/2 tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • Cooking Soda a pinch
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • Asafoetida Powder a pinch

How to make Ulundu Appalam (Urad Dal Papad)

  • Clean and spread out the urad dal under the sun for a few hours.
  • Then grind to a smooth powder.
  • Add asafoetida powder, cooking soda and salt.
  • Add enough water and knead well to a thick dough.
  • Add oil and cumin seeds.
  • Knead again to a chapati dough consistency.
  • When the dough starts to turn pale yellow, pinch small balls of the dough and roll them out into thin circles.
  • Keep them under the sun (or under the fan) for 30 to 45 minutes or until the moisture has evaporated.
  • Store them in a clean, dry container.
  • Fry them in hot oil and serve with rice or as desired.
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar founded Awesome Cuisine, a platform created in 2008 to showcase India's vibrant culinary heritage. A digital marketer by profession and a passionate food lover, Praveen has been exploring the world of food since his school days. With Awesome Cuisine, he combines his expertise in digital marketing with his deep love for food, sharing delicious recipes and inspiring others to appreciate the joy of cooking. Through Awesome Cuisine, he invites you to join him on a flavorful journey and discover the wonders of Indian cuisine.


Anand August 19, 2020 - 6:24 pm

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AYAZ pasha October 5, 2018 - 5:39 pm

I want to start appalam bussiness send cont information.s im from karnataka……

vignesh June 20, 2017 - 1:51 pm

I’m looking to start a appalam business. please contact me

Thiyagarajan June 19, 2016 - 12:42 pm

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hema May 2, 2016 - 3:11 pm

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R.JAYANTHI October 14, 2015 - 9:05 am

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jayanthi September 30, 2015 - 10:56 pm

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senthamarai.v December 28, 2014 - 1:35 pm

good..is it suitable for commercial use. somebody it is not suitable for commercial use. for commercial use we have to add otherthings like calcium carbonate, rice, etc.is it correct…


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