Aam papad is an Indian fruit leather made out of mango pulp mixed with concentrated sugar solution and sun dried. It is also known as aamba sadhaa (Odia), Aamta (Assamese), amawat (Hindi), Maanga Thera (Malayalam), mamidi tandra (Telugu), aamsotto (Bengali) and amba vadi (Marathi).
|Alternative names||Mamidi Tandra, Amawat, Aamsotto, Mambla, Maanga Thera|
|Place of origin||India|
|Region or state||Maharashtra, Coastal Andhra, North India, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, West Bengal|
|Main ingredients||Mango pulp, sugar|
Traditional Aam Papad is sweet, although it is available in different varieties. It can be preserved for months making it popular in the off season of mangoes.
Mango pulp is mixed with potassium metabisulfite and spread on trays to dry in the sun. After the first layer dries, another layer is spread over it and allowed to dry. The process is repeated until the desired thickness is reached. The thickness varies depending upon the quality of mango pulp used. When this thickness is reached the aam papad is cut into pieces and wrapped in oiled paper or into different packages.
Aam Papad can be consumed in any season as it can be preserved for a long period of time.
Aam Papad is also exported abroad from India. In 2011, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency warned sulphites-sensitive people to avoid the "Indican" brand Aam Papad, as it contained sulphites but did not declare that on the label.