Would you like to cook poppadoms in your air fryer? Air fryers are often marketed as a healthier, greener way to cook food and healthier than using a traditional oven. But is an air fryer the best way to make poppadoms? We did some research to find out.
An air fryer is a cooking appliance that’s been designed to achieve similar results as deep-frying, but with less oil and less mess. They often use around 80% less oil than deep frying and can be used for a variety of different foods including vegetables and meat.
Yes, you can cook poppadoms in an air fryer. With only 35 seconds (but not more), crispy, oil-free papadams are ready! They were just as good as those deep-fried ones. It took about 7-8 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius to air fry the poppadoms to brown, and to get a nice fragrance. They’re ideal for making crispy fries or chicken nuggets (which are basically just cut-up pieces of the chicken breast) as they offer the same results but without the fat.
To find out whether you can cook poppadums in an air fryer, we spoke to chefs and food bloggers who have tested them with great success.
“Using an air fryer to cook poppadoms is a great idea as it keeps them fluffy and light. If you were to cook them in a conventional oven they would go flat and become crispy, but as an air fryer sends hot air around the poppadums whilst the lid traps moisture inside, they stay fluffy. I would say this is one of the best uses for an air fryer as you don’t need to add any oil at all.”
How To Cook Poppadoms In An Air Fryer
Poppadoms are best served fried in oil until crisp. You can serve them plain or add some curry sauce to make delicious poppadom crisps. But do they taste the same when cooked in an air fryer?
We made a batch of poppadoms in our Tristar Air Fryer and tasted them blindfolded against a batch that had been made in a deep fat fryer. Both sets were identical, so if you love your poppadoms then an air fryer is the perfect way to cook them at home.
Here’s how to cook poppadoms in an air fryer:
Step 1: Cut the poppadoms into eight pieces. We found them easier to handle when cut in half lengthways. You can use a knife for this or break them apart with your hands. Once they are cut, put them into the basket of your air fryer and set the temperature to 200ºC.
Step 2: Leave them in the air fryer for about 8 minutes. This time may vary depending on the make and model of your air fryer, so make sure you read the instructions before cooking. You should end up with poppadoms that are slightly crisp but still chewy in the center.
Step 3: Place them onto a tray lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Serve immediately.
You can follow these steps for any other kind of poppadom too, it doesn’t matter what brand. The results were very similar to that of a traditional deep fat fryer and tasted just as good.
If you want to save yourself time and clean up, then an air fryer is a great investment. We recommend the Cosori Air Fryer. it has been our best air fryer in times of our needs. They’re small and take up very little room in your kitchen which makes them ideal for use in smaller spaces.
You can even put them on your benchtop to make them easier to use when you’re preparing food for the day ahead. Plus, they don’t take up much space on your hob so they’re perfect for those living in smaller flats or rooms who have limited space available.