Microwave poppadoms

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When I saw Jamie Oliver cooking poppadoms in a microwave on 15 Minute Meals, I wondered if it was some kind of trick. Surely there's not enough moisture in a poppadom to enable it to puff up?

Well there is and it works perfectly - I think they are much nicer than deep fried poppadoms which always taste greasy and unhealthy.

If you really must have a 'fat-kick' with your papadums, then first brush them with a tiny amount of butter or olive oil.

They won't puff up if they are lying on top of each other, or if they are flat on the microwave turntable.

Microwave poppadoms
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:74
Ready in:8 minutes
Prep. time:0 minutes
Cook time:2 minutes
Recipe author:Chef
First published:22nd March 2017

Best recipe review

No oil used at all!


Really healthy for you because they are not fried. I eat three of these a day for breakfast, but I am a bit weird with my food!

Paul R Smith


Printable 🖨 shopping 🛒 list & 👩‍🍳 method for this recipe


  1. Arrange 4 poppadoms at a time in a plastic bowl so they stand up independently.
  2. You can spray with a little olive oil if wanted. Not authentic, but healthier and tastier than sunflower oil.
  3. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, checking progress as you go.
  4. Remove only those that have fully puffed up and continue until all are nice and puffy.
  5. Leave to cool for 2 minutes after cooking because they don't become crisp until they have cooled down.

Chef's notes

You do not need special 'microwave poppadoms' for this recipe. This works for any type of poppadom (or papadum, if you so wish!).

The best poppadoms?

I've tried lots of different makes of poppadom, some good, some awful. One common problem is that they have a cabbage taste. The best I've found (in the UK) are Khanum variety from Amazon (Prime). They appear to go in and out of stock, but are worth hunting down. My last order was £9.90 for 10 x 220g packs. [24th May 2020]

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