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Are Poppadoms Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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Poppadoms, papadum or papad are one tasty South Asian accompaniment. But are they vegan?

Poppadoms

There are many different methods and techniques for preparing poppadoms, but their base is typically made from kneaded gram flour and vegetable oil. They’re rolled into flat discs, dried and then fried in hot oil for a few seconds where they contract and crisp up.

Their heritage lies in Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan cuisines as an appetiser or snack with chutneys, pickles and chopped vegetables, but they’re undeniably popular in those capacities here in the UK too. 

poppadoms and dips

Are poppadoms vegan? 

Yes, in almost all cases poppadoms are suitable for vegans.

The biggest risk you might encounter on your poppadom journey is cross-contamination or the use of ghee. So unless you’re eating in a fully vegan restaurant, it might be worth asking if their poppadoms are suitable for you.

Plant-based curries to eat with your vegan poppadoms 

Looking for the main meal to do more than act as your excuse for a few poppadoms? We love this recipe for our Kerlalan Sundown, it’s light, vibrant and sure to suit any mood.

Keralan curry

Keep your vegan-living questions coming in our direction.

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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