Papad: A gluten-free, high protein, low calorie, high fibre snack
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Today we are here with a food item that has an important place in every meal. Any Guess??? Yeah it is Papad. The word papad will definitely take to your childhood times or even your study time in school and college. Isn’t it? Like me do you also miss those days when our mummy took us to help her in drying papad in the sun. Although nowadays the art of making papad at home seems to be dying and we’ve conveniently switched to the store-bought stuff. Still, the crisp treat remains to be one of most loved accompaniments. It has the power to transform a boring meal to an exotic one.
Papadum is also known as papad. It is a staple in every Indian household. Papad is a thin, crisp, round flatbread. It not only used to enhance the taste but also add that extra crunch to your meal. Papads are of many types, made using different types of flours and adding various additives such as artificial flavours and colours. Since this crunchy snack is loaded with preservatives such as sodium benzoate which increase their shelf life, so they have to be stored for a long period of time.
Originally there were only two types of Papad – North Indian papad and South Indian papad. But today, people are experimenting a lot with ingredients. You can get papads of several flavors of your choice, such as urad dal, moong dal, asafoetida, black Pepper, green chilli, red chilli, cumin, garlic, ginger, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon, etc. Not limited to houses roasted papad topped with tomato, onion and a pinch of chaat masala is often served as a cocktail snack. They are also offered as starters in many restaurants. But what’s more interesting to note is that before making any papad, its dough is required to make. The papad dough is kneaded with cereals along with salt and peanut oil and some flavors and baking soda. The dough is shaped into a thin, round flat bread and then dried.
Benefits Of Papad
- They are gluten-free, low calorie, high protein, high fiber accompaniment, or snack and can be enjoyed by any age group at any time of the day.
- Papad can be an appetizer for a healthy satisfying meal.
- It promotes the growth of good bacteria in the gut that supports digestion and assimilation of the macro and micronutrients from your food.
- Papad acts as a digestive by enhancing the secretion of digestive enzymes and juices which are essential for metabolism.
- Papad has been used to serve with dal and rice, as it enhances the taste of the meal.
- Roasted or grilled papad helps to absorb the fatty material from the mouth and throat.
Health Hazards Of Papad
- Papad should be eaten in limited proportion. The high content of papad in diet can become the reason for acidity.
- Papad is very high in sodium (salt), hence not advisable for hypertensive people. It is the main reason for causing heart disease water retention and swelling.
- When papads are roasted, fried or microwave roasted, it gives acrylamide, a probable carcinogen or cancer-causing substance.
- Fried Papads consume large quantities of oil which leads to increased cholesterol levels which have its own ill effects like atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases.
How To Store Papad
- Papad should be stored in an airtight container.
- It can be stored for 10-12 months if kept in freeze.
- Store small packets of papad and use them as per your requirement.
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