Welcome to Paprika Recipe Manager!
This guide will introduce you to all of the features available within Paprika. You will learn how to add recipes to Paprika, browse for recipes online, create grocery lists, make meal plans, and more.
If after reading this guide you have any questions that have not been addressed, please consult our knowledge base.
Paprika is divided into four main sections, each of which is accessible by pressing the corresponding button in the side panel.
Tap the menu button in the upper left corner of the toolbar to access the side panel.
Shortcut You can also swipe from the left edge of the screen towards the middle to reveal the side panel.
|Recipes||This is the main screen of the application, and contains your recipe collection. From here you can open individual recipes, search for recipes, and view recipes by category.|
|Browser||This built-in web browser allows you to browse for recipes online, and clip your favorite recipes into Paprika. Note Not available when running on the Kindle Fire due to Amazon App Store rules.|
|Groceries||This shows your current grocery list. From here you can check off grocery items as you shop, edit your grocery list, and add custom grocery list items.|
|Meals||This is Paprika's meal planner. You can use it to create weekly meal plans, and view your daily meal schedule.|
|Sync||If you are logged into Paprika Cloud Sync, pressing this button initiates a new sync. If Paprika is currently syncing, it will display a spinning indicator while the sync is in progress. If you are not logged into Paprika Cloud Sync, pressing this button will take you to the login screen for Paprika Cloud Sync.|
|Settings||Pressing this button takes you to Paprika's Settings panel.|
All of your recipes are displayed on the recipes screen.
If there is enough space, the recipes screen will be divided into two panes. The left panel displays the list of recipe categories, while the right pane shows the recipes themselves.
Only the list of recipes is displayed.
All Recipes is the default selected category, which displays all of your recipes in alphabetical order.
If you would like to change the selected category, simply tap on a new category in the left pane to highlight it. The name of the currently selected category (and its recipe count) is displayed in the top toolbar.
Note The name of the All Recipes button reflects the currently selected category, and changes when you select a different category. The recipe count for the selected category is displayed next to the name.
The recipes screen contains a search button that you can tap to search for specific recipes in your collection.
Press the search button and start typing, and your recipes listing will be filtered by the search term.
By default, the search bar searches for your recipes based on the name of the recipe. You can use the
button on the right to change the search type between:
Note You can search for multiple ingredients at the same time by separating them with commas. For example:
To add a new recipe, press the + button in the upper right hand corner of the recipes screen.
An empty recipe screen will appear, allowing you to enter in the recipe information you would like to save,
You can switch between the recipe info,
directions using the
tab buttons in the toolbar.
Note On some devices, when you switch to
the on-screen keyboard does not appear automatically. In that case, tap inside the text box to reveal the keyboard.
Optionally, add a
photo from your photo library by pressing the Change button next
to the empty photo.
When you're finished entering in your recipe, press the Save button to save your changes.
You can edit a recipe by pressing the Edit button in the upper right corner of the recipe screen.
There are several ways to delete a recipe:
From the recipes list:
From the recipe screen:
These the fields that you can enter when you create or edit a recipe:
|Name||The name of the recipe.|
|Difficulty||The difficulty of the recipe.|
|Servings||The number of servings this recipe makes.|
|Prep Time||The amount of preparation time this recipe requires.|
|Cook Time||The amount of cooking time this recipe requires.|
|Rating||A star rating from 0 to 5 for this recipe.|
|Categories||The categories this recipe belongs to.|
|Source||Where this recipe came from.|
|Source URL||This is an optional field that records the original URL of the recipe if it came from a website.|
|Notes||Any cooking notes you would like to include with the recipe.|
|Nutritional Info||Any nutritional information you would like to record for this recipe.|
|Ingredients||The ingredients required for this recipe. Note Create ingredient headings by ending them with a colon (e.g.
|Directions||The directions for this recipe.|
|Photo||A photo you would like to associate with this recipe. You can select a photo from your photo library.|
From the recipes screen, tap on a single recipe in the listing in order to open the recipe. This is the main recipe view.
The ingredients are displayed on the left, information about the recipe is displayed near the top, and the directions are displayed below.
The recipe info is displayed first. You can use the tab bar to switch between viewing the
directions. Alternatively, you can simply swipe between each pane.
Note If the recipe has a source URL, the
source will be highlighted
blue. You can tap on the
source to load the original source URL in the browser.
The toolbar contains several actions you can perform with the recipe:
|Add to Grocery List||Add this recipe to the grocery list. You'll be asked to choose ingredients first.|
|Add to Meal Planner||You can add a recipe to the meal planner using this button. Select the date and meal you would like to add this recipe to, and then press Save.|
|Add to Favorites||Add this recipe to your favorites.|
Less common actions are placed under the Actions button in the upper right corner of the toolbar:
|Email recipients can import the recipe into their copy of Paprika by tapping the
You can scale the ingredients of a recipe by tapping the Scale 1x button on the recipe screen.
The scale button is located next to the
The scale button is located on the
When the ingredients scaling dialog appears, select the amount you'd like to scale the ingredients by and press Save. The scale button will update to display the current recipe scale.
If you add a scaled recipe to the grocery list, the grocery list items will preserve the ingredients scaling.
Note Paprika anticipates this ingredient format:
1 cup milk. For best results, ensure your ingredients are entered in this format.
When you are cooking, you may find it useful to cross off ingredients once you have used them. Simply tap the desired ingredient in order to cross it off. (Tap again to un-cross it.)
You can also highlight the current step of your directions by tapping on it to help keep your place.
Paprika allows you to organize recipes into categories to make them easier to manage.
To edit a recipe's categories, navigate into the recipe and tap the Edit button
in order to edit the recipe. From here, scroll down to the
Categories field, and press the
Change button to access the recipe's categories.
You can check one (or more) categories to associate with the recipe. Press the Save button when you are done.
On tablets where the categories and recipes lists are displayed side by side, the Add Category button is placed in the actions menu. Press the Actions button in the upper right corner of the toolbar to reveal the actions menu, and then select Add Category.
Note On some devices, the Actions button is not displayed in the toolbar. Instead, there is a separate menu button on the device that can be pressed to reveal the actions menu. If you don't see an actions button in the toolbar, look for a menu button on your device instead.
From the main recipes screen, press the All Recipes button in the toolbar to reveal the categories list. From here, press + to add a new category.
To edit or delete a category, tap and hold over the category until the context menu appears.
From there you can press either Edit or Delete.
There are 5 built-in categories. These categories cannot be removed and provide special ways to view your recipes:
|All Recipes||Lists all of the recipes in your collection in alphabetical order.|
|Most Recent||Sorts your recipes by the date they were added, with the most recent recipes near the top.|
|Top Rated||Lists all of the recipes in order from highest star rating to lowest.|
|Favorites||List all recipes that you have added to your favorites.|
|Uncategorized||Lists all of the recipes that have not been assigned to a category.|
Paprika's built in web browser lets you easily search the internet for your favorite recipes and save recipes from many different websites.
Note The browser is not available in the Kindle Fire version due to Amazon App Store rules. Follow the instructions in Sharing Recipes from the Built-in Browser to learn how to download recipes into Paprika on the Kindle Fire.
The upper toolbar contains a combined address bar and search bar, and buttons for the standard browser actions: back, forward, reload, and stop. It also contains the Bookmarks button.
The lower toolbar contains tools for saving recipes.
The upper toolbar contains a combined address bar and search bar, and the Bookmarks button.
The lower toolbar displays buttons for standard browser actions and tools for saving recipes. In order from left to right, the buttons are: back, forward, expand/contract clipboard tools, and Save Recipe.
Type a URL into the address bar to navigate to that page (ex:
101cookbooks.com), or type in a search term to perform a Google
Recipe Search. (ex:
The Bookmarks button displays your current bookmarks. From there you can load a bookmark into the browser, edit a bookmark, and add new bookmarks to the list. Bookmarks sync with other cloud data.
Paprika supports clipping recipes from hundreds of different recipe sites. In order to clip a recipe:
If Paprika wasn't able to clip the recipe for you, you can use the clipboard toolbar at the bottom of the browser to manually copy/paste the recipe information from any website.
To use the clipboard tools:
Directions, and any other fields you would like to capture. You can scroll the toolbar horizontally to reveal the extra fields.
You can also import recipes into Paprika from your normal web browser. To share a recipe with Paprika:
On other devices, the menu is accessed by pressing the 3-dot Actions button in the upper-right corner of the toolbar.
Paprika's grocery list makes it easy to shop for your recipes. You can add entire recipes to the grocery list, as well as your own custom items.
When you open the grocery list, you will see the name of each recipe that has been added to the grocery list in the left pane, and the list of ingredients in the right pane.
By default, your grocery list will be sorted into aisles based on the type of ingredient. For example,
will be placed into the
Dairy aisle, and
spinach will be placed under
If you have
Entire Grocery List selected, the grocery list will attempt to consolidate similar items
with one another. For example, if one recipe calls for
2 eggs, and another recipe calls for
the consolidated listing will display
5 eggs total.
Note You can turn off both the the grocery list aisle sorting and consolidation features in the Settings panel if you do not find them useful. If you turn off sorting by aisle, your grocery list will be sorted by recipe instead.
To add an entire recipe to the grocery list, open the recipe and press the Shopping Cart button in the toolbar.
An ingredients pane will pop up displaying that recipe's ingredient list. Here you can check/uncheck ingredients before they are added to the grocery list.
(For example, if you already have
salt at home, you can uncheck it before adding the recipe to the grocery list.)
Once you have the correct ingredients checked, press the Save button to add those ingredients to the grocery list.
Custom items can be added to the grocery list by pressing the + button in the upper right corner of the screen.
If you are adding a common grocery item, the aisle will be automatically selected for you as you type. You can also tap on the Aisle button to set a specific aisle.
To edit a grocery list item, tap and hold it until the context menu appears, and then press Edit.
From here you can edit the grocery list item and change its aisle.
You can remove individual items from the grocery list by tapping and holding them until the context menu appears, and then pressing Delete.
Alternatively, you can remove an entire recipe from the grocery list by tapping and holding the recipe in the left pane until the context menu appears, and then pressing Delete.
Finally, you can clear the entire list using the Clear Grocery List button described next.
Mark an item as purchased simply by tapping it once. A checkmark will appear to indicate that the item has been purchased. You can mark the item as unpurchased by tapping it once more.
You can filter grocery list items according to whether they are purchased or unpurchased using segmented control
in the toolbar. (When you are shopping you may find it easiest to select:
To Buy, to only show the unpurchased
items left on your grocery list.)
You can access these actions by pressing the Actions button in the upper right corner of the toolbar.
|Clear Grocery List||Removes all items from your grocery list. You can choose between clearing all items, or only clearing purchased items.|
|Send an email containing the contents of the grocery list.|
Paprika comes with a built-in meal planner that can be used to create weekly meal plans. Meals are shown for each week, and you can select a day to see all of the meals you have scheduled for that day.
Use the < and > buttons in the toolbar to switch between weeks.
Shortcut Alternatively, you can swipe left and right between weeks to navigate to the previous or next week.
Adding meals can be done from meal planner, or directly from the recipe screen.
To add a meal from the planner, press the + button.
Either type in a custom meal name or choose a recipe by tapping the Recipe toggle at the top, and then choosing the recipe from the list.
You can also choose the date and type of the meal. Once you've finished, press Save.
Open a recipe, and then press the Calendar button in the toolbar to add that recipe as a new meal.
Select the date for this meal, and then the meal type (
Snack), and then press Save.
Select the day that the meal has been scheduled for. Tap and hold the meal until the context menu appears, and then press Edit. From here you can change the date or type of the meal.
Tap and hold the meal until the context menu appears. Press Delete.
These actions are accessed by pressing the Actions button in the upper right corner of the week pane.
|Add Day to Grocery List||Add the ingredients for all of the recipes scheduled for the currently selected day to the grocery list.|
|Add Week to Grocery List||Add the ingredients for all of the recipes scheduled for the currently selected week to the grocery list.|
|Send an email containing the currently selected week's meal plan.|
The settings panel allows you to configure Paprika's default behavior.
It also provides access to Papika's syncing, backup, import, and export features.
Paprika's settings panel can be accessed by pressing the Gear button in the upper-right corner of the toolbar when the side panel is open.
You can open the side panel by pressing the Menu button in the upper-left corner of the toolbar.
|Home Page||Can be used to set the default home page on the browser screen.|
|Default Recipient||Sets a default recipient in the To: field for any email messages. Note You can enter multiple recipients by separating them with commas.|
|Recipe Font Size||Adjusts the font size of the ingredients and directions on the recipe screen.|
|Auto-Lock Screen||If turned on, the screen sleep timer will be automatically disabled when you are viewing a recipe, and re-enabled when you close the recipe. This prevents the screen from turning off while you are cooking.|
|Sort By Aisle||If turned on, the grocery list will be sorted into aisles based on the type of ingredient. For example,
|Consolidate Ingredients||If turned on, the grocery list will attempt to consolidate similar items with one another. For example,
if one recipe calls for
Paprika Cloud Sync is a free online backup and syncing service for your recipe collection. With the exception of the available space on your device, there is no limit to how many recipes you can store, or to how many devices can use the same account.
Note To use Paprika Cloud Sync, you will need to create an account through the Settings panel of Paprika.
Paprika Cloud Sync will automatically back up your recipes, categories, bookmarks, groceries, and meals to our cloud servers, ensuring that your recipe collection is always safely backed up.
You can also use it to keep Paprika's data synced with other devices.
Paprika Cloud Sync is free.
You'll create one Paprika Cloud Sync account for all devices sharing the same recipe collection. You can do this through the settings pane of any version of Paprika that you have purchased, and then log in to that same account on all other versions of Paprika.
To create an account, open the Settings panel, and then select Cloud Sync from the list of options. Then select Create Account.
Enter in the email address and password you would like to use for this account.
If you already have an account, you can log back into it using the Log In button on the sync screen.
After logging in, you can manage your account and sync status from the Cloud Sync settings pane.
|The email address associated with the account.|
|Logout||Pressing this lets you log out of your account and cancels the sync, if running.|
|Last Synced||The date of the last successful sync attempt.|
|Status||The result of the last sync attempt. This will say
|Sync Now||Pressing this will initiate a new sync immediately.|
You can choose how often you would like to sync using the Update settings screen.
If you are logged in, the Sync button in the side panel acts as a shortcut button that will initiate a new sync.
Paprika can import recipe databases from several other applications. To perform an import:
/mnt/sdcard/Paprikafor importable files.
Import Recipesscreen in the settings panel.
The currently supported file types are:
|Supported File Types|
|.paprikarecipe & .paprikarecipes||Paprika's emailed recipe format and its export format.|
|.mx2, .mxp & .mz2||MasterCook export formats.|
|.mmf||MealMaster export format.|
|.fdx & .fdxz||Living Cookbook export formats.|
|.yml||A plain YAML file. See below for more details on this format.|
YAML is a simple, plain text file with sections delimited by key-value pairs. To indicate a block of text, use an initial pipe character, as shown in directions and ingredients. Consistent indenting should be used, but the order of the fields does not matter, and most are optional with the exception of the name, ingredients and directions. It is recommended that you use an online YAML validator such as this one to validate your file if you're experiencing difficulties importing.
Note We've added several new fields:
on_favorites takes a
yes value and indicates that the recipe should be added to your favorites.
categories is a YAML list; the category will be created if it does not exist.
photo is a base-64 encoded image. All these new fields are
YAML recipe example:
name: My Tasty Recipe servings: 4-6 servings source: Food Network source_url: http://www.google.com prep_time: 10 min cook_time: 30 min on_favorites: yes categories: [Dinner, Holiday] nutritional_info: 500 calories difficulty: Easy rating: 5 notes: | This is delicious!!! photo: (base-64 encoded image) ingredients: | 1/2 lb meat 1/2 lb vegetables salt pepper 2 tbsp olive oil 4 cups flour directions: | Mix things together. Eat. Tasty. Yum yum yum.
YAML multiple recipes example:
- name: My Tasty Recipe servings: 4-6 servings source: Food Network source_url: http://www.google.com prep_time: 10 min cook_time: 30 min nutritional_info: 500 calories on_favorites: yes categories: [Dinner, Holiday] difficulty: Easy rating: 5 notes: | This is delicious!!! ingredients: | 1/2 lb meat 1/2 lb vegetables salt pepper 2 tbsp olive oil 4 cups flour directions: | Mix things together. Eat. Tasty. Yum yum yum. - name: My Tasty Recipe 2 servings: 4-6 servings source: Food Network source_url: http://www.google.com prep_time: 10 min cook_time: 30 min nutritional_info: 500 calories difficulty: Easy rating: 5 photo: | (base-64 encoded image) notes: | This is delicious!!! ingredients: | 1/2 lb meat 1/2 lb vegetables salt pepper 2 tbsp olive oil 4 cups flour directions: | Mix things together. Eat. Tasty. Yum yum yum.
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