Masala Papad Salad Cones (or flowers)

Makes 6 Masala Papad Salad Cone servings

Masala Papad salad Cones !!
Masala Papad salad Cones !!
Papad 'flowers'
Papad ‘flower’

I like my salads to be tantalizing ! Meaning that the salad has to be appealing enough for my eyes and my taste buds, that I reach for it 🙂 So I tried to make the Masala Papad salad. This healthy salad sure packs a lot of punch in a crunchy papad cone.

Have you eaten warm, freshly roasted nuts tossed in a paper cone as you are strolling leisurely? The cones are redolent of those carefree times. I filled them with Avocado chutney and a combination of veggies and fruit spiced with the twangy Indian chat masala and a  lemony and spicy Mexican fruit seasoning.

Papads or Papadums are an all time favorite snack in Indian restaurants and homes. They are generally made with lentils and dried in the sun.They come in many flavors. I used the slightly thicker, about 6 inch diameter  papads for this recipe. The thicker papads will stay crunchy for a longer time after putting in the filling .I roasted the papads in the microwave for a minute to make the cones.

That simple ! But so yummy, that I ate a lot of salad. These Masala Papad Salad cones can be served as appetizers.  The cones can also be shaped as flowers by draping the papad over the glass, as shown in the pictures. Serve the papad cones or flowers with the Avocado Chutney and the spiced salad and the guests can and will help themselves!

To make the papad flowers-

Soak the papad in shallow water for about a minute
Soak the papad in shallow water for about a minute
Cut a 'radius' in the papad
Cut a ‘radius’ in the papad
Make a cone and put it in a microwave safe glass. Drape the edges of the papad over if you want a flower shaped papad
Make a cone and put it in a microwave safe glass. Drape the edges of the papad over if you want a flower shaped papad
Microwave for one minute. Individual microwaves may vary
Microwave for one minute. Individual microwaves may vary. The glass will be hot. Carefully remove the’ flower’ from the glass
Side view of Papad flower!
Side view of Papad flower!


For the salad mix together-

  • ½ cup finely chopped cabbage
  • 1 small plum tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, diced fine
  • ½ red delicious apple, diced fine
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro leaves
  • ½ teaspoon chat masala
  • 5 to 6 shakes of the Mexican fruit seasoning. I used Tajin brand

To assemble the Masala Papad Salad Cones-

  1. Spread  about 1½ tablespoons of avocado chutney in each of the papad cone or flower.
  2.  Spoon the salad mixture in each cone and serve immediately.

Crunch, crunch, enjoy!



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  1. Loved the idea. Will definitely try it soon. Thanks for posting such a yummy dish.

  2. My daughter is obsessed with a children’s show called the wiggles that has a song about papadums. I need to try to find a gluten free version of these so I can try them with your salad. It sounds wonderful!

    1. I am going to try and find that song! It sounds so cute. Thank you so much for your comment. Papad/pappadums are generally made from Urad dal, which is gluten free but it will depend on which flour they used to roll them on. Hope you find gluten free papad!

  3. I am seeing more healthy recipes that are amazingly flavorful without compromising nutritional value. I also like the fact that the prep time is reasonable. Wonderful choice.

    1. Thanks so much! I focus on exactly that- healthy recipes that are easy to make with no compromise on the taste!

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