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Found this recipe on the Net in response to a request. Here's what the recipe said: "Papadams are delicious, spicy Indian crackers that traditionally require many ingredients and take days to make. They are prepared ahead in quantity and deep fried just before serving. This is a simplified version. It still requires time, but the results are worth it. It is not the easiest of reci
- Stir together the flour, pepper, ground cumin seed, and salt in a large bowl or in the food processor; mix thoroughly until the spices are evenly distributed.
- Add the garlic and mix well.
- Add enough of the water to form a dough that will hold together in a cohesive ball; if necessary, add up to 1 additional tablespoon water.
- The dough should be fairly stiff and dry; if it is too wet, it will not roll well.
- Knead the dough for about 5 minutes by hand or pulse for about 15 seconds in the food processor; the dough should be smooth.
- With your hands, shape the dough into a cylinder or log about 2 inches thick and 6 inches long.
- With a sharp knife, cut the cylinder into 1/2-inch thick slices.
- The next step uses oil, so do not use your pastry cloth and rolling pin sleeve.
- Place each slice on a lightly oiled surface.
- Lightly oil the top of the slice and then roll out into a very thin circle about 6 or 7 inches in diameter.
- Papadams must be rolled extremely thin, maximum 1/16 inch.
- If the dough sticks to your rolling pin, gently pull it off.
- Dust the tops of each papadam with cayenne pepper.
- Using a metal spatula to loosen the edges of the papadams from the rolling surface, carefully place them on large baking sheets.
- The traditional method for preparing and frying papadams is described below; you can also bake them in a 300F oven for about 15 to 25 minutes, or until crisp and dry.
- The cooking time may vary beyond this range depending upon the thickness and moisture in the rolled dough.
- Cool them on a rack.
- To prepare the papadams in an authentic manner, don't bake them; first allow them to dry by leaving them in the sun for a few hours or by placing them in a very low oven (less than 200F) for 1 to 2 hours, turning occasionally.
- Dry the papadams until they are just slightly flexible and show no moisture; they should not brown or bake, however.
- At this point, the papadams may be stacked flat and stored in an airtight container until needed; they will keep for months if stored properly.
- When ready to serve, heat about 1/8 inch of oil in a large skillet; the oil should be hot, but not smoking; a drop of water flicked into the skillet should sizzle immediately.
- One at a time, drop the papadams into the hot oil.
- Turn the papadam when it begins to curl at the edges; it will quickly fry and become crisp.
- Remove it before it turns brown.
- Cool and drain the papadams on paper towels and eat them immediately.