Ammiji’s Amritsari Papad Wadiyan
Ingredients: Urad dal, cumin, coriander, dried ginger powder, cloves, cinnamon, mace, nutmeg, pippli, black pepper, red chilli
Weight: 250 gm
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The famous Amritsari wadiyan, hand-made at home. Sun-dried dumplings of fiery goodness that add a subtly delicious flavor to any curry or pulao.
Who hasn’t heard about Amritsari papad wadiyan? Any tourist worth her or his salt will pick up a pack or two from the ubiquitous papad shops that surround the Golden Temple. These papad and wadiyan, though delicious, are mass produced under questionable hygiene conditions. Ammiji visited these shops only if it were an emergency and if she had run out of her own homemade papad wadiyan. Even now, when her arthritic fingers will not let her roll out papad or shape the wadiyan properly, she will sit on a chair in her verandah, and get these made by her helper under her eagle-eyed supervision.
These papad and wadiyan come to you from Amritsar, made under Ammiji’s supervision, from ingredients that are hand-picked by her. They are made from premium urad dal and use the choicest spices.
Amritsari wadiyan are famous around the world. Put them in a simple potato curry and they take on the shape of a gourmet dish. Add them to a plain pulao, and the rice obtains a kick it never had. Pair them with any kind of string beans as a dry dish, and you’ll have a side dish that’ll hog center stage. Wadiyan are that spicy part of traditional Amritsari cuisine that the rest of the world has yet to emulate. And Ammiji’s wadiyan are definitely the best you can get. Dumplings made from ground urad dal and spices and then sun dried under Ammiji’s supervision, according to the recipe that was passed down to her from her mother-in-law. We kid you not, these are that particular bomb of flavor that will leave you wanting more even as you marvel at the spice level.