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Appala poo Kozhambu / Papad Curry

Bored of having sambar and rasam???… Here is something different for you, Appala poo kozhambu. When I got married my grandmother wrote all her recipes and gave it to me. When I wanted to try something different, this recipe came into my mind. I tried this and it’s now super hit. Everyone who have tasted this liked it a lot. It’s a simple dish and goes well with rice.

Preparation time: 25 minutes
No of Servings: 3-4
Spice level: 3 out of 5


  • Appalam Poo : 10 Β or Plain Appalam (Pappad): 7
  • Onion : 1 chopped finely
  • Tomato : 1 chopped
  • Seasoning vadam/ Vengaya vadagam : 1 tsp (optional)
  • Ginger garlic paste : 2 tsp
  • Sambar powder : 2 tsp
  • Salt : to taste
  • Oil : 1 cup
  • Coriander Β leaves : 2 strings

Masala to Grind:

  • Coconut-3 tbsp
  • Split roasted gram (Dalia)-2 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds-2 tsp

Method of Preparation:

  1. Fry the papads and break it into 3 or 4 pieces and keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai and add the seasoning vadam.
  3. Add the onions and fry them till they become translucent.
  4. Add the ginger garlic paste and toss it for 2 minutes.
  5. Now add the tomatoes followed by the salt and sambar powder and sautee for few minutes.
  6. Pour some water and add the fried papads when it is about to boil.
  7. In the meantime grind the masala to paste and add this paste to the mixture.
  8. When it starts boiling remove the mixture from heat and garnish with the coriander leaves.


Add salt a little lesser than usual because the Papad contains some salt in it so after it is soaked it increases the salt.


  1. Looks mouthwatering…will try it arthi…:-)

  2. Not too sure how I found this blog but glad I did find it. Think I was looking for something else on google. Don’t know I agree 100% with what you say, but have bookmaked and will pop back to read to see if you add any more posts. Good blog

  3. I am a great fan of u . ur photos are excellent they r tempting me to prepare and eat. wow superb.

  4. Hi Sadhana, thank you for stopping by and giving nice comments. sure try it and let me know πŸ™‚

    Hi, we keep posting regularly. sure you can look for new and different posts. Thanks for your appreciation !!

    Hi hasini, Thanks for your encouraging comments πŸ™‚

  5. My grandmother used to make this, i havent had this in years! Thanks for reminding me πŸ™‚

  6. an innovative recipe Arthi.
    I have a question… instead of frying papad, can papad roasted on stove top will taste good? have u tried it?

  7. Hi Parita, my grandmom gave me this recipe πŸ™‚ grandmom’s recipes ll always be tasty and different πŸ™‚

    Hi Uma, Thanks for stopping by and giving your comments. I ve tried microwaving the papads. It came out real good. Actually appalam poo ll be tastier than appalam bcos of appalam poo’s thickness.

  8. Looks absolutely delicious…its like appala kootu, right, never tred them in curry form, very interesting.

  9. Yeah its similar to the kootu but this will be very tasty with rice πŸ™‚

  10. We do it the same but the preparation will be like vatha kozhambu

  11. This recipe really works!! It tasted good.

    • Thank you!!

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