Preparation / Directions:
Using scissors, cut pappadams into 1" wide noodles. Stack spinach leaves, roll them into a tight log, and cut into 1/8" chiffonade. Heat oil over moderate heat. Add cumin seeds, ginger and jalapeno, fry until seeds darken slightly. Stir in turmeric and tomato and cook about 4 to 5 minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Season. Just before serving, add noodles and spinach and simmer for a bare minute. Ladle into warmed bowls and garnish with cilantro.
Variations: In place of spinach use 1 cup blanched peas, snow peas, zucchini or asparagus slivers.