Aam Papad – Aam Shotto is mango fruit leather. Thin layers of Mango plump are sun-dried or oven dried until it dehydrates and peels off like leather! It is then sliced into small rectangles or rolled into bite size logs. Prepared at home without any artificial flavors, these are great healthy snack for kids.
What you need to prepare Aam Papad?
Just 2 ingredients:
- Mango Pulp
I keep aam papad plain so all I can taste is mango. But, you can add cardamom powder for flavor and some saffron threads for color.
Use Store bought Mango Puree
Mangoes are out of season so, I made these Aam Papad rolls using a store-bought Mango Pulp Puree. And this particular store-bought mango puree is the best I have tasted. It has just the right amount of sugar in it. I often stock up these cans so I can enjoy taste of mango even when it’s not in season.
I grew up knowing mango fruit leather as Aamshotto. We never could find it in Shillong, but at every visit to Kolkata meant coming back with box full of Aamshotto. When I met Arvind, I learnt the north Indian term – Aam papad.
Staying in Bay area gave us the privilege to have access to such authentic flavors from Indian stores. And once Avyan tasted Aam Papad he got hooked.
Steps to Prepare Aam Papad or Aamshotto
It’s ridiculously simple!
- If you are using fresh mango, then blend the pulp with sugar to taste. Then strain it so there is no fiber or big chunks.
- Layer a cookie sheet with parchment paper or baking silpat. Spread the puree in super thin layer. The layer needs to be even.
Tap the cookie sheets a few times. This helps to spread the puree evenly!
- Place it in the oven at 200 F and bake until it feels dry on top. Might take 3 to 4 hrs. Depending on the consistency of the puree, it can take more or less time.
- Once it’s dry, the sheet will easily peel off the sheet.
- Then slice into 1 inch thick and then roll.
- STORE it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Making fruits leather is so easy that one should never buy it. It needs barely any effort, but it does need a lot of time for the fruit pulp to dehydrate.
You can prepare fruit leather following the same steps using any fruit pulps.
- Mango Puree ( I used a store bought 30 oz can)
- Sugar ( add as per your taste, if you are using fresh mango pulp)
- Blend the mango pulp with sugar (if using)
- Preheat the oven to 200 F
- Layer a cookie sheet with parchment paper or baking silpat.
- Spread the puree evenly into a thin layer.
- Place it in the oven and let it set and doesn't feel wet when touched on top. It can take from 4 hrs to 5 hrs. Keep in mind that depending on thin you layered the mango puree and the liquid consistency of the puree, it will take more or less time to prepare the fruit leather.
- Let it cool a little bit and then the sheet should peel off easy.
- Slice into 1 inch thick and then roll. You could also slice into bite size squares.
- Store in an air tight container.
If you are using fresh fruit pulp, you might want to strain after blending so the texture is smooth without any fiber strands.