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Oh dear, dear. Where are the Poppadoms?
If, like me, you like to add a bit of crunch to your curry experience, poppadoms are a must. Until you realise that you don’t have any.
After facing this very crisis, I went into stealth mode. I created my very own pretend-a-poms from my store cupboard. They ended up being really tasty in their own right!
These are well worth a try if the unenviable ‘forgotten poppadom’ situation ever arises for you.
Sliced white bread (allow as many slices as you need for the poppadoms you want)
Cooking oil (I used sunflower)
1) Stick the oven on to medium heat.
2) Select your bread slices and cut off the crusts.
3) Take the de-crusted bread and lay it flat on your kitchen work surface. With a wine bottle (or rolling pin) roll the bread flat. Make the bread as thin as you can – it probably won’t get as thin as a poppadum, but you should aim to get close to that thickness.
4) Place all of your bread on to a baking sheet. Drizzle oil over each slice – not too much, just a dash.
5) Sprinkle cumin powder over the slices – easy does it, you only need a hint of spice.
6) Turn over each slice and repeat the oil drizzling and spice sprinkling.
7) Pop the baking sheet and oiled, spiced bread into the oven. Keep an eye on the bread – you need it to colour slightly, until it becomes a pale poppadom colour.
8) When the oiled, spiced bread has taken on a bit of colour (and curl!), carefully remove it from the oven and transfer to your favourite poppadum serving plate.
Announce your pretend-a-poms when you serve them alongside your curry. These delicious morsels will go down a treat, and no one will miss proper poppadoms too much.
Have you ever created your own Do-It-Yourself solution when you discover, quelle horreur, that you have run out of a tasty morsel? Please do share your tips in the comments section below!