“From the Sindhi plate to Rajasthani thali and the MalayaliSadhya, no Indian meal is complete without papad – the most visible ingredient in cuisines of all states and communities”
- Be it young or old, rich or poor, people across all sections relish papad, or papadum for many.
- These crispy thin crackers are also eaten as snacks or appetizers.
- These come in different sizes and textures such as mini papad, big papads, roasted papad, khakra and many more.
- Papad can be cooked by deep-frying, roasting over an open flame, toasting or microwaving.
Why Papad Processing?
- Wide targeted market – all age groups + rural and urban market
- Potential for exports
- Low-cost venture
- Possibility of a wide variety of flavored papads
- Employment opportunity for rural women
Papad Market in India
- There are a couple of national brands available but the market is predominantly controlled by local brands.
- Various varieties and flavors of papad are available which are named either on the base flour or the spices used like Nachni/Ragi , Garlic Papad, Bajra Na Papad, Kali MirchPapad, Urad Papad and many more.
- Low-Cost Venture
- Potential for exports
- Wide variety of flavored papads
- Easy preparation
Papad Manufacturing Process
A papad can be prepared using a huge variety of natural ingredients such as lentils, chickpea, black gram, tapioca and much more along with a plethora of authentic Indian spices.
- The flour, spices, and oil are mixed with water to form a dough.
- The dough is allowed to rest for 30 minutes.
- Dough is cut into small balls and rounded.
- The rounded balls are either sheeted or pressed into circular discs of desired thickness.
- These are then dried to moisture content of 12%.
- Finally, the dried papads are packed.
Did you know?
“ShriMahilaGrihaUdyogLijjatPapad, the company behind very famous Lizzatpapad, started with a loan of Rs 80 and now has an annual turnover of Rs650 crore.”
Machinery and Equipment
The cost and type of machinery and capacity of papad making are inter-related.
- Small-scale – Use of a leg operated papad press is estimated to cost around INR 2, 55,000 with a capacity of 6000 kg per annum. This can be started from home premises.
- Medium Scale – Addition of machines like destoner, hammer mill, sieves, dough kneader, rope former, cutter and sizer will make the total cost of machinery around INR 25,85,000 with a capacity of 150 metric tonnes. Land required will be around 2000 sq ft.