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What goes best with a glass of McDowell’s whisky? Of course, the company of your yaars. But agar ek plate masala papad bhi ho jaaye uske saath, toh kya baat hai!  

Masala papad is not just a chakna off the bar snack menu. It is happiness served on a plate, where ‘the bigger, the better’ is a term that seems quite appropriate, for once.

How The Humble Masala Papad, Our Staple Chakna, Has Changed Over Time
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You know that moment in the bar when that gigantic plate of crispy masaledaar goodness comes towards you and your face shines brighter than that 30ml peg of whisky in your glass. Yup, that’s all courtesy of this much loved desi chakna.

How The Humble Masala Papad, Our Staple Chakna, Has Changed Over Time

Masala papad hits all the right points needed in an amazing appetizer to go with your glass of McDowell’s whisky. It has a crunchy base, layered with a generous amount of finely chopped tomatoes, onions, red chilli, fresh coriander, crispy sev and a secret seasoning that seems God sent.

Mmm..muh mein paani agaya na?

How The Humble Masala Papad, Our Staple Chakna, Has Changed Over Time
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In a world of fancy bar snacks, masala papad is that one desi gem that’s still a staple chakna. Don’t you agree?

In fact, the humble chakna is in so much demand that it has seen a bunch of variations over time to fit right into every kind of menu. Whether you’re at your local drinking adda or the latest happening spot in town, you’ll find this dish in every form.

Stuffed Masala Papad Rolls
When you don’t want to share your chakna, just grab one of these rolls that fit in your hand.

How The Humble Masala Papad, Our Staple Chakna, Has Changed Over Time
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Romali Masala Papad
Yaars who share together, stay together. This is basically the papad version of a romali roti, and is enough to feed your entire group.  

How The Humble Masala Papad, Our Staple Chakna, Has Changed Over Time
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Chicken Tikka Masala Papad
Perfect for the group who does not eat “ghaas phoos”.

How The Humble Masala Papad, Our Staple Chakna, Has Changed Over Time
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Deconstructed Masala Papad
In the times of deconstructed paratha and samosa, the masala papad isn’t too far behind. Put it together in your own “swaad anusar” style.

How The Humble Masala Papad, Our Staple Chakna, Has Changed Over Time
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Masala Papad Bruschetta
This is a “sasta and tikau” style bruschetta because a fancy baguette is not the only thing that goes well with cherry tomatoes, basil leaves and ricotta cheese. 

How The Humble Masala Papad, Our Staple Chakna, Has Changed Over Time

How many of these masala papad variations have you tried? If not, these should be on your chakna list already!

Also Read: 5 Ways To Eat Fried Chicken, The Ultimate Chakna For Your Whisky

*Drink Responsibly! 

 
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