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.

Table of Contents

Paprika is divided into four main sections, each of which is accessible by pressing the corresponding button in the tab bar.

Tab Description
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 in the Kindle Fire version 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.

Browsing recipes

All of your recipes are displayed on the recipes screen. The left pane displays the list of recipe categories, while the right pane shows the recipes themselves.

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 to highlight it.


Searching for recipes

The recipes screen contains a search button that you can use 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 results button on the right to change the search type between: name, source, and ingredients.

Note You can search for multiple ingredients at the same time by separating them with commas. For example: chicken, spinach.


Adding a recipe

To add a new recipe, press the Add Recipe 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, such as: name, difficulty, servings, prep time, cook time, and categories.

You can edit the ingredients and directions using the tab selectors in the toolbar.

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 the recipe later by pressing the Edit button in the recipe screen.


Recipe Fields

These the fields that you can enter when you create or edit a recipe:

Field Description
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.
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.

Viewing a recipe

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.

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.


Recipe toolbar actions

The toolbar contains several actions you can perform with the recipe:

  1. Add to grocery list - Add this recipe to the grocery list. You'll be asked to choose ingredients first.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. Email - Email recipients can import the recipe into their copy of Paprika by tapping the .paprikarecipe attachment.
  2. Scale Ingredients - Scales the recipe's ingredients.

Scaling a recipe

You can scale the ingredients of a recipe by tapping the actions button and then tapping Scale Ingredients. When the ingredients scaling dialog appears, select the amount you'd like to scale the ingredients by and they will change automatically. 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: quantity unit ingredient, i.e. 1 cup milk. We will be adding more formats in the future.


Categorizing Recipes

Paprika allows you to organize recipes into categories to make them easier to manage.

Assign a recipe to a category

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.


Adding a new category

You can add a category by pressing the Add Category button in the categories toolbar.


Editing categories

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.


Built-in categories

There are 5 built-in categories. These categories cannot be removed and provide special ways to view your recipes:

Category Description
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.
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.
Top Rated Lists all of the recipes in order from highest star rating to lowest.

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.


Using the browser

The browser toolbar contains an address bar, and buttons for the standard browser actions: back, forward, reload, and stop.

There is also a convenient search button to help quickly perform Google searches.

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.


Clipping recipes online

Paprika supports clipping recipes from hundreds of different recipe sites. In order to clip a recipe:

  1. Use the web browser to browse to a recipe you would like to save.
  2. Press the Save Recipe button in the upper right corner of the toolbar.
  3. Paprika will attempt to clip the recipe from the page. Press the Save button to save it.
  4. If Paprika cannot figure out how to clip the recipe, it will display an error message. You can then use the manual clipboard tools (described next) to clip the recipe manually.

Manually saving recipes using the clipboard tools

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:

  1. First, find the name of the recipe on the website. Then tap and hold your finger over the name until the blue selection handles appear.
  2. Drag the selection handles until the name is fully selected.
  3. (Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and higher) - The text selection bar will appear. Press Copy to copy the name to the clipboard.
  4. Tap the Name button in the clipboard toolbar. The selected text will be copied into the Name field.
  5. Repeat the same process with the Ingredients, Directions, and any other fields you would like to capture.
  6. To save an image, tap and hold your finger over the image. Then select Save Photo from the popup that appears.
  7. When you've copied all the fields you would like to save, press Create Recipe to transfer all of your copied information into a new recipe.
  8. Press Save to save the recipe, or Cancel to go back to the browser without saving.

Tips


Sharing Recipes from the Built-in Browser

You can also import recipes into Paprika from your normal web browser. To share a recipe with Paprika:

  1. Use your normal web browser to browse to a recipe you would like to save.
  2. Press the Menu button on your device.
  3. Select Share Page.
  4. Select Share via Paprika.
  5. Paprika will open and attempt to clip the recipe from the page. Press the Save button to save it.
  6. If Paprika cannot figure out how to clip the recipe, it will display an error message.

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, milk will be placed into the Dairy aisle, and spinach will be placed under Produce.

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 3 eggs, 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.


Adding a recipe to the grocery list

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.


Adding a custom item to the grocery list

Custom items can be added to the grocery list by pressing the Add Item button in the toolbar.

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.


Marking items as purchased

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.


Filtering grocery list items

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: Unpurchased, to only show the unpurchased items left on your grocery list.)


Editing and removing items from the grocery list

To edit or remove an individual item from the grocery list, tap and hold it until the context menu appears.

From there you can either select Edit or Delete.

Alternatively, you can remove an entire recipe from the grocery list by tapping and holding the recipe in the left pane, and then pressing Delete.


Grocery list actions

You can access these actions by pressing the actions button in the upper right corner of the toolbar.


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.


Changing the selected week

To change the week you are viewing, simply swipe left and right between weeks to navigate to the previous or next week.


To add a new meal

Adding meals can be done from the recipe screen, or the add meal button in the meal planner.

From the recipe screen:

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 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack), and then press Save.

From the meal planner:

To add a meal from the planner, press the Add Meal 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.


To edit or delete a scheduled meal

Select the day that the meal has been scheduled for. Tap and hold the meal until the context menu appears.

From there you can either select Edit or Delete.


Meal planner actions

These actions are accessed by pressing the actions button in the upper right corner of the week pane.


The settings panel allows you to configure Paprika's default behavior.

It also provides access to Papika's syncing, backup, import, and export features.

Accessing the settings panel

Paprika's settings panel can be accessed by pressing the gear button in the toolbar on the recipes screen.


List of settings:

Browser
Home Page Can be used to set the default home page on the browser screen.
Email
Default Recipient Sets a default recipient in the To: field for any email messages. You can enter multiple recipients by separating them with commas.
Appearance
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.
Grocery List
Sort By Aisle If turned on, the grocery list will be sorted into aisles based on the type of ingredient. For example, milk will be placed into the Dairy aisle, and spinach will be placed under Produce. If turned off, the grocery list will be sorted by recipe instead.
Consolidate Ingredients If turned on, 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 3 eggs, the consolidated listing will display 5 eggs total. If turned off, the grocery list will display each item individually.

Paprika Cloud Sync

What is Paprika Cloud Sync?

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.

What does it do?

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.

How much does it cost?

Paprika Cloud Sync is free.


Accessing Paprika Cloud Sync

Paprika Cloud Sync can be accessed by pressing the sync button on the recipes screen. It can also be accessed via the Cloud Sync option in the Settings panel.


Creating an account

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.


Logging in

If you already have an account, you can log back into it using the Log In button on the sync screen.


Managing your Account

After logging in, you can manage your account and sync status from the Cloud Sync settings pane.

Account Status
Email The email address associated with the account.
Logout Pressing this lets you log out of your account and cancels the sync, if running.
Sync Status
Last Synced The date of the last successful sync attempt.
Status The result of the last sync attempt. This will say Success if you were able to successfully sync. If your device was not able to connect to the sync server, the associated message will be displayed here.
Sync Now Pressing this will initiate a new sync immediately.
Sync Settings
Update

You can choose how often you would like to sync using the Update settings screen.

  • Automatically - The sync runs every 5 minutes on any available network, and it also runs whenever you start Paprika.
  • Manually - The sync only runs when you press a sync button.

Quick Sync

If you are logged in, the sync button on the recipes screen acts as a shortcut button that will initiate a new sync.


Import

Paprika can import recipe databases from several other applications. To perform an import:

  1. Copy the file to your device. By default, Paprika will look in: /mnt/sdcard/Paprika for importable files.
  2. Navigate to the Import Recipes screen in the settings panel.
  3. Select the file to be imported.

The currently supported file types are:

Supported File Types
.paprikarecipe & .paprikarecipes Paprika's emailed recipe format and its export format.
.mx2 & .mxp MasterCook export formats. (Also used for Living Cookbook imports.)
.yml A plain YAML file. See below for more details on this format.

YAML 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 optional.

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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