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Rajasthani Papad ki Sabji

Papad ki sabzi is a staple in homes across the north west of India and primarily made with turmeric, coriander and fenugreek in a rich gravy simmered along with cooked papad or poppadum as it is known in the UK. Yoghurt added to the curry is cooling and also thickens the gravy. It’s a simple recipe kindly shared with us by Indian chef, food writer and River Cottage Tutor Maunika Gowardhan.

Servings 4


  • 4 roasted papads/ poppadum
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • Pinch of asafoetida
  • 4 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 1” ginger roughly chopped
  • 1 small birds eye green chilli (deseeded it you prefer)
  • 100gms tomato roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder (or mild paprika)
  • 250gms greek yoghurt whisked
  • 300mls water
  • 2 tbsp kasoori methi/ dried fenugreek leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander for garnish


1. In a blender add the garlic, ginger and green chilli along with a splash of water and blend to a smooth fine paste. Set aside. In the same blender add the tomato along with the tomato puree and blend to a paste

2. Heat oil in a heavy bottom non stick sauce pan over a low heat. Add the cumin seeds and asafoetida. Fry for a couple of seconds.

3. Add the garlic ginger paste and fry for 20 seconds. Now add the blended tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes stirring well. As the oil leaves the sides of the pan add the powdered spices and fry for 1 minute

4. Now add the yoghurt a little at a time and stir well. Cook on a low heat and stir for 3-4 minutes

5. Add the water, season to taste and simmer for 6-8 minutes. Add the fenugreek leaves along with the roasted papad. Cover and cook for 2 minutes on a low heat. Garnish with coriander and serve warm with roti or rice.

Note: Make sure to whisk the yoghurt well so there are no lumps this way it wont split as it cooks

For more of Maunika's recipes, you can visit her website or join her on our Indian Cookery Course at River Cottage HQ!