A simple and delicious papad curry which needs no vegetables for the preparation
Curries have been popular in Indian cuisine. No meal without any curry is complete in India. They serve as the heart of any dish and get perfectly paired with rice or roti. There are varieties of curries made of different kinds of vegetables found all over the country. But did you ever think that curries could be made without any vegetables?
This Papad Ki Sabji is a curry recipe which requires no vegetables and could be made with few ingredients. The recipe is easy to make and the crunch of papad in the curry gives it a unique and delicious flavour. The gravy is composed of curd which is cooked perfectly with grounded spices so that the flavours of spices get infused within the curd adding taste to the entire curry. The texture of the gravy is kept thick so that the crunch of the papad does not vanish. There are numerous flavours and the tanginess of the curd balances it all.
According to culinary historian and author KT Achaya's book "A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food," papad's history stretches back to 500 BC and is mentioned in Buddhist-Jain canonical literature. Papads made with urad, masoor, and chana dal are mentioned. Papad on the subcontinent is at least 1500 years old, if not more, according to historical records, according to Shubhra Chatterji, culinary scholar and founder of Historywali. The fact that papad is first mentioned in Jain literature is not a coincidence. Phaphalia, or simply sun-dried vegetables that serve as papad, is one of the foods that is fast becoming extinct in Shekhawati, a bastion of the Marwari Jain trading community.
When possible, the community would dry vegetables and store them in large dabbas; these veggies were rehydrated and cooked in the dry summers or chilly winters when there wasn't much else to eat. These dried veggies would travel well when they travelled a great distance for commerce, so they would bring them with them and cook them.
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The curry is easy, quick to make and has unique flavours, unlike any vegetable curry. This ends up giving a relishing experience when tasted.