Papad is an important food accompaniment in Indian households. Made of pulses such as Urad Dal (spilt black gram) and Moong Dal (spilt green gram), it is also used as the base for many tasty, tangy snacks.
While today you have a wide variety of papads that you can purchase from a grocery store, back in the days they were made collectively by women. Come summer, you would see groups of women sitting on their home terraces with rolling pins, rolling an endless number of round-cuts of dough. It would be followed by cots of papads left out to dry in the hot sun, to get rid of the moisture so that they would last long.
It is a cumbersome process that requires a lot of time and effort to complete. Papad making machines have eased the process right from kneading the dough to drying the papads. Take a look at the different Papad making machines you can buy.
1. Dough mixing machine –
There are a lot of ingredients that go into making the Papad dough. Urad Dal, Moong Dal, Black pepper, oil, soil, asafetida are just to name a few. It can often be a real challenge to blend all the ingredients into a homogenous mixture, especially if you are doing it the first time. The dough has to be kneaded to the right consistence as a mix that’s too thick or too thin won’t roll out well. This is where a Papad dough mixing machine can help.
2. Sheet making machine –
This machine kneads the dough one step-further for a smoother consistency and brighter colored Papads. Clumps of mixed dough are fed into the sheet making machine, which prepares it into sheets ready to be fed in the Papad rolling machine.
3. Rolling machines –
There are almost three types of models when it comes to Papad rolling machines. The first is the automatic Papad rolling machine. It is fed with sheets of dough, which pass between rollers. The rollers roll the sheets into thinner films before then are transferred to the die cutting belt. Here, the sheets are cut into uniform size circles. The excess dough is sent back to the dough machine for recycling or is automatically collected and rolled out into sheets again. From here, the cut Papads are machine dried and cooled and ready to pack.
The second and third type of Papad rolling machines require the dough to be cut into luvas before they can be pressed into Papads; the dough is not rolled out into sheets. The dough is made it long rolls (piped-shaped) and inserted into the feeder of a luva cutting machine. The machine cuts the dough rolls into smaller rounds. They are placed between two circular PVC sheets and then placed on the seat of the rolling pin. The second models press it flat by means of a clamp pressed down. The other, fitted with a rolling pin, rolls the luva out evenly much in the traditional way.
After this, the papads are left to dry, naturally or electronically.
Given that the demand for papads has increased many small-scale, co-operative industries can also shift to mechanization. It will increase production drastically and also reduce the requirement for man power, cutting operational costs in the long run. Not only this, you can guarantee a product that is consistent, hygienic and more refined. What more can you ask for!