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.

Note: This user guide applies to Paprika 3 for Android. If you have an earlier version of Paprika, some of the featues described in this user guide may not be available in your version.

Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Recipes
    1. Browsing Recipes
      1. Browsing by Category
      2. Browsing Subcategories
      3. Searching Recipes
    2. Adding & Editing Recipes
      1. Adding a Recipe
      2. Editing a Recipe
      3. Deleting Recipes
      4. Recipe Fields
      5. Inserting Recipe Text
      6. Adding Recipe Photos
    3. Viewing a Recipe
      1. Recipe Actions
      2. Printing Recipes
      3. Timers
      4. Scaling Ingredients
      5. Crossing Off Ingredients
      6. Marking Directions
      7. Pinning Recipes
    4. Categorizing Recipes
      1. Assign a Recipe to a Category
      2. Adding a Category
      3. Editing Categories
      4. Built-in Categories
  3. Browser
    1. Using the Browser
    2. Clipping Recipes Online
    3. Manually Saving Recipes Using the Clipboard Tools
    4. Using an External Browser
  4. Groceries
    1. Adding Ingredients
      1. Adding a Recipe to the Grocery List
      2. Adding a Custom Item to the Grocery List
    2. Editing the Grocery List
      1. Editing Grocery List Items
      2. Removing Items from the Grocery List
    3. Using the Grocery List
      1. Marking Items as Purchased
      2. Filtering Grocery List Items
      3. Removing Recipes from the Grocery List
      4. Sorting the Grocery List
      5. Grocery List Actions
    4. Managing Multiple Grocery Lists
      1. Viewing your Grocery Lists
      2. Adding a new Grocery List
      3. Renaming a Grocery List
    5. Grocery List Actions
  5. Pantry
    1. Adding items to the Pantry
    2. Editing Pantry items
    3. Sorting the Pantry
    4. Pantry Actions
  6. Meals
    1. Switching Views
    2. Changing the Selected Week
    3. Adding a Meal
      1. From the Meal Planner
      2. From the Recipe Screen
    4. Editing Meals
      1. Changing a Meal's Date or Type
      2. Deleting Meals
    5. Meal Planner Actions
  7. Menus
    1. Adding a Menu
    2. Adding Menu Items
    3. Drag and Drop
    4. Adding a Menu to the Meal Planner
    5. Menu Actions
  8. Settings
    1. Accessing the Settings Panel
    2. List of Settings
    3. Paprika Cloud Sync
    4. Import Recipes
    5. Export Recipes
  9. Support/FAQ/Changelog

Paprika is divided into several 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.

Section 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.
Groceries This shows your current grocery list. From here you can create grocery lists, add custom items, check off grocery items as you shop, and edit your grocery list.
Meals This is Paprika's meal planner. You can use it to create daily, weekly and monthly meal plans, and view your meal schedule.
Pantry Paprika's pantry section. Useful for keeping track of purchased groceries and figuring out what you have on-hand.
Menus The menus section of the app. It is used to create reusable groups of recipes, such as a multi-day holiday menu.

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. Multiple categories can be assigned to a recipe.

In the phone layout, only the recipes list is displayed and categories are accessed by tapping the name of the category (button at the top of the recipes list).

The recipes view offers two ways to view recipes: a grid view with photos, and a list view with thumbnail, name, rating and source. You can flip between these views by tapping the actions button (3 vertical dots) in the upper right hand corner of the red toolbar, then choosing the View: item.

Browsing by Category

All Recipes is the default selected category, which displays all of your recipes in alphabetical order.

Tablets (10" tablets, and 7" tablets in landscape mode)

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.

Phones (and 7" tablets in portrait mode)

If you would like to change the selected category, press the All Recipes button in the toolbar to reveal the categories list. From here, you can tap on a different category to select it.

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.


Browsing Subcategories

To select a subcategory, press the > button next to a category to navigate into its subcategories, and then tap on one of the subcategories.


Searching Recipes

The recipes screen contains a search button in the top right of the red toolbar 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 based on the name of the recipe. You can tap the top title bar to change the search options; search by multiple fields or across categories.

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


Adding & Editing Recipes

Adding a Recipe

To add a new recipe, press the + button in the red toolbar above the recipes list.

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, total time, categories, rating, notes, and nutrition.

Description, ingredients, directions and nutritional info are on this screen: scroll down to see more. Tap the text field to begin editing. All time fields and servings are in the Info section.

Optionally, use the Photos section to add multiple, high-resolution photos to the recipe. Tap the thumbnail in the edit recipe screen to bring up the edit photos view. You can change the thumbnail by using the actions button in the edit photos screen. Reorder photos in the gallery with tap and hold and then drag, and rename or delete photos by tapping the photo to bring up the photo gallery, then and from the actions button in the upper right, tap Edit or Delete.

Photos will display their names in the photo gallery and can be linked to from within recipe text using the name (more on that in the recipe markdown section below).

When you're finished entering in your recipe, press the Save button to save your changes.


Editing a Recipe

You can edit a recipe by pressing the Edit button in the upper right corner of the recipe screen.


Deleting Recipes

There are several ways to delete a recipe:

From the recipes list:

  1. Tap and hold on a recipe to put the list into selection mode.
  2. Select recipes you'd like to delete by tapping on them.
  3. Press the trash icon in the upper right toolbar.

Note Deleted recipes will go into the Trash and be displayed in that section of your categories list. To permanently delete the recipe, go to the trash category on the main recipes view and tap the actions button then Empty Trash. To undo the deletion, tap and hold the recipe(s) you'd like to remove from the trash and choose the Undo action in the upper right of the screen. Only recipes go into the trash: all other items (meals, groceries, etc) are deleted immediately when you select them for deletion.

From the recipe screen:

  1. Press the actions button in the upper right corner of the screen. scroll to the bottom of the info section, and press Delete.
  2. Or: press Edit to edit the recipe, scroll to the bottom of the info section, and press Delete.

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.
Total Time The total amount of 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.
Description A short introduction of the recipe, displayed above the directions.
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. Sauce:).
Directions The directions for this recipe.
Photo An optional thumbnail and one or more higher-resolution images. You can select from your Photo Library or if your device supports it, take photos with your camera.

Inserting Recipe Text

You can add formatting and images to the description, ingredients, directions, nutrition and notes fields.

When editing these fields, you can tap the blinking cursor and then tap Format in the context menu that appears and a toolbar will appear over the keyboard with helper keys for inserting bold, italic, links and photos.

Paprika uses a modified form of Markdown: to make words bold, surround them with __ or **. To use italics, surround words with _ or *.

Example A **bold** word. Words in _italics_ are fun.

To insert a link, put the title in brackets and the URL/link in parentheses. Only the title will be displayed.

Example A link to [Google](http://www.google.com)

To link to another recipe, put the name of the recipe in brackets, and prefix it with recipe:

Example A link to [recipe:Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta]

To insert a photo thumbnail, put the name of the photo in brackets, and prefix it with photo:. A thumbnail will be displayed. You can tap on the thumbnail to see the full size image in the photo gallery.

Example [photo:Mixing the Batter]

Paprika looks up photos and recipes based on name; if multiple recipes exist with the same name, the first recipe Paprika finds will be opened. If multiple photos exist with the same name, the first will be selected. If the recipe or photo name changes, links will need to be updated.


Adding Recipe Photos

You can add multiple photos to a recipe. They will be resized to a max size of 2048x2048 pixels and synced with your cloud data.

From the edit recipe view, tap the Photos section to see all photos associated with a recipe. To add a photo, tap the + button on the right side of the upper toolbar. There are 3 ways to add a photo:

  1. From the camera: if your device has a camera, that option will appear when you tap the + button.
  2. From the photo library: if you have given Paprika access to your Photo Library, you can use this button to select a photo from your library. It will be resized and copied into the app.
  3. From the clipboard: if you have copied a photo to the clipboard using Paprika's browser, this option will appear and you can choose Paste Photo to add the photo to the recipe.

Each photo displays its name, size and dimensions (in kilobytes or megabytes, generally) below the thumbnailed image. The actions button in the upper right can be used to choose a new thumbnail, or delete the current thumbnail. Deleting the thumbnail will not delete the corresponding larger photo. If you tap a photo it will bring up the photo gallery. If you tap the actions button from the photo gallery you will be given options to Delete the photo or Edit the photo name.

The photo name is used to identify the photo when embedding it in text, and will also be displayed at the top of the photo gallery. Tap the actions button, then Edit and to edit the name. From the photo gallery actions menu, the recipe photo can also be deleted.

Drag to reorder photos and change their position in the photo gallery.

Note Photos will be uploaded to the cloud immediately but downloaded on demand by other devices (to save space). Photos associated with a recipe are downloaded when that recipe is opened.


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.

Tablets

The ingredients are displayed on the left, information about the recipe is displayed near the top, and the directions are displayed below.

Phones

The recipe info is displayed first. You can use the tab bar to switch between viewing the ingredients, and 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.

Note Tap the thumbnail next to the recipe name or any photo embedded in the recipe text to open the photo gallery.


Recipe Actions

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

Action Description
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:

Action Description
Duplicate Allows you to save a new copy of the recipe.
Print Printing recipes requires an Android-compatible printer. Paprika offers many print options such as font size, page type, and the ability to restrict the fields displayed in the print. More on that below.
Email Email recipients can import the recipe into their copy of Paprika by tapping the .paprikarecipes attachment.
Delete Moves the recipe to the Trash category.

Printing Recipes

As described above, printing is accessed via the Actions (three vertical dots) button in the recipe toolbar. There are several options you can configure for printing:

Option Description
Page Size Allows you to change the page size of the printed recipe. Options available are: Full Page, Index Cards, and Index Cards Sheets. Index Cards will print to physical index cards, while Index Card Sheets is meant for printing several index cards on full page paper and then cutting them out.
Orientation Portrait (taller than wide) or Landscape (wider than tall).
Font Size Allows you to change the font size of the printed recipe.
Card Size Allows you to change the size of the index card. Options are given in inches.
Page Margins Allows you to adjust the printer margins. Measurements are given in inches.
Card Margins Allows you to adjust the inner margin of the index card. Measurements are given in inches.
Two-Column Layout If selected, ingredients and directions will print side by side. Otherwise everything prints in a single vertical column.
Show Photo Allows you to disable printing of the photo. Useful if you want to save ink.
Full Size Photo Whether or not the thumbnail should be printed full-size, or at a scaled size, to preserve ink.
Show Info Whether or not the recipe metadata, such as prep and cook times, should be printed.
Show Notes Whether or not the recipe notes should be printed.
Show Nutrition Whether or not the recipe nutritional information should be printed.

Timers

Timers are automatically detected in your recipe's directions and highlighted in blue. In order to start a timer, simply tap on the highlighted time and press Start. The timer countdown will appear in the lower toolbar.

Note Running timers will be displayed in the lower toolbar if there is enough space.

Viewing timers - To view all of your timers, tap the Timers button in the lower toolbar of the recipe detail view; this brings up the timers list. You can also tap the menu button with 3 lines in the upper left corner of the app.

Adding a timer manually - From the timers list, tap the Add Timer button. You can choose a name for the timer (the recipe name is the default). Once you have selected a time, press Start to begin the timer.

Removing timers - Timers are automatically removed once they have elapsed. If you would like to manually remove a timer: tap and hold to put the timers list into selection mode, or tap the Edit button in the actions menu in the upper right toolbar and then choose the timers you want to delete and tap the trashcan icon in the upper right of the red toolbar.

Editing timers - To change the name or time of a timer, select the timer from the timers list. You can also pause, resume, edit and delete the timer from this screen, and see the remaining duration of the timer.

Note Timers will fire and play a sound even if the app is not open. If you run into issues, ensure that your device is not muted, and that your volume is turned up.


Scaling Ingredients

You can scale the ingredients of a recipe by tapping the SCALE & CONVERT button below the Ingredients heading. When the ingredients scaling popover appears, select the amount you'd like to scale the ingredients by and they will change automatically. The scale button will update to display the current recipe scale.

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.

You can also use this popup to convert ingredients units between metric, imperial, or default, which resets them back to their original units.

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. For best results, ensure your ingredients are entered in this format.


Crossing off Ingredients

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.)

Marking Directions

You can also highlight the current step of your directions by tapping on it to help keep your place.


Pinning Recipes

You can pin active recipes to easily switch between them while you are cooking. To pin a recipe, tap the Pins button in the lower toolbar, and then tap on the Pin Recipe button

Pinned recipes will be displayed in the left sidebar menu, and if there is space, also in the lower toolbar of the recipe detail view. Tap on any of these recipes to switch to them. When a recipe is pinned, Paprika will keep track of the ingredients you have crossed off and the current directions you have highlighted, so you don't lose your place.

Recipes can be unpinned from the pins view by tapping and holding to select them for removal, and then tapping Unpin. To remove all recipe pins, tap the actions button from the pins view and then tap Clear All.


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 and press the Categories 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 Category

Tablets (10" tablets, and 7" tablets in landscape mode)

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

Phones (and 7" tablets in portrait mode)

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.

Optional To create a subcategory, press Parent and choose the parent category of the subcategory you would like to create. This allows the creation of hierarchies; for example, "Breakfast" might contain "Eggs" and "Baked Goods" as separate subcategories.


Editing Categories

To edit or delete a category, tap and hold over the category until pencil icons appear next to the names of the categories.

From there you can press either the pencil icon to edit the category name, or, in this state, delete one or more categories by selecting them and then pressing the trashcan icon in the upper right of the red toolbar.


Built-In Categories

There are a number of 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.
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.
Trash Lists all of the recipes that have been deleted. Emptying the trash will permanently delete these recipes.

Paprika's built in web browser lets you easily search the internet for your favorite recipes and save recipes from many different websites.


Using the Browser

Tablets

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.

Phones

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, edit clipboard recipe, and Download.


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: beet salad).

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.


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. It's best if the recipe is visible on the page or Paprika may not be to find it.
  2. Press the Download button in the lower 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. Tap the Name button in the clipboard toolbar. The selected text will be copied into the Name field.
  4. Repeat the same process with the Ingredients, Directions, and any other fields you would like to capture. You can scroll the toolbar horizontally to reveal the extra fields.
  5. To add an image, tap and hold your finger over the image. Then select Add Photo to Recipe from the popup that appears.
  6. When you've copied all the fields you would like to save, press Save to transfer all of your copied information into a new recipe.

Tips


Using an External Browser

If you prefer to use an external browser to browse for recipes, you can use that browser's Share button to send a recipe link to Paprika. This will load the link in Paprika's browser, allowing you to Download the recipe as described above.


Paprika's grocery list makes it easy to shop for your recipes. You can make multiple grocery lists, and 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 Ingredients

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.)

Note Ingredients you have added to your Pantry will be automatically unchecked for you.

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 + 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 change the aisle after the item has been added by tapping on the item and selecting a new aisle. Paprika will remember and sync the change.

Your current entry will also be autocompleted as you type. You can tap on an entry to select it.


Editing the Grocery List

Editing Grocery List Items

To edit a grocery list item, tap on the grocery item row to be taken to the edit screen for that item.

From here you can edit the grocery item and change its aisle, notes, quantity, and list.


Removing Items from the Grocery List

You can remove individual items from the grocery list by tapping and holding them until you enter a selection state, selecting the desired items for deletion and then pressing the Delete toolbar icon.

Finally, you can clear the entire list using the Clear Grocery List button described next.


Using the Grocery List

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 the Purchased items in the actions menu (triple dot button in upper right). (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 also filter grocery items according to the recipe they belong to, or show only custom grocery items.


Sorting the Grocery List

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 prefer, you can change the grocery list to sort by recipe, by tapping the Sort By item in the actions button menu and choosing Recipe instead.


Managing Multiple Grocery Lists

Paprika starts with one grocery list named My Grocery List. This list cannot be deleted, but it can be renamed. You can add additional grocery lists if you would like.

Viewing your Grocery Lists

Tablet: All of your grocery lists are displayed in the left pane. Tap on a grocery list to select it.

Phone: The name of the currently selected grocery list is displayed in the upper toolbar. Tap on this list in order to show all of your grocery lists. From there you can select a different grocery list, add a new list, or edit an existing list.


Adding a New Grocery List

Press the + button in the grocery lists upper toolbar to create a new grocery list.


Renaming a Grocery List

Press the Edit button in the grocery actions menu (accessed via the actions button in the upper toolbar) to rename, sort, and delete your existing grocery lists.


Grocery List Actions

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

Action Description
Clear Grocery List Removes all items from your grocery list. You can choose between clearing all items, or only clearing purchased items.
Move to Pantry Moves items from the grocery list into the pantry. You can choose between moving all items, or moving only purchased items.
Email Send an email containing the contents of the grocery list.
Print Print out the grocery list.

The pantry can be accessed by pressing the Pantry button in the main menu.

Use the pantry to keep track of common ingredients you already have at home, such as: salt, pepper, flour, sugar, etc.

For each pantry item you can record the quantity, purchase date, expiration date, and whether it is in stock or out of stock.

Ingredients placed in your pantry will automatically be unchecked when you add recipes or meal plans to your grocery list.


Adding items to the Pantry

To add an item to the pantry, press the + button and type in the ingredient name.


Editing Pantry items

Tap on a pantry item to open the edit screen for that item. From here you'll be able to update the item's ingredient, aisle, quantity, purchase date, and expiration date, etc.


Sorting the Pantry

By default, your pantry will be sorted into aisles, similar to the grocery list.

If you prefer, you can change the pantry sort order by tapping the Sort By button in the actions menu. You can choose between sorting by: Aisle, Date Added, Expiration Date, or In Stock.


Pantry Actions

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

Action Description
Move to Grocery List Moves items from the pantry to the grocery list. You can choose between moving all items, moving purchased items, or moving out of stock items. You can also move individual items to the grocery list by tapping and holding an item on the list and then individually selecting the desired items, and pressing the actions buttons, then Move to Grocery List.
Email Send an email containing the contents of the pantry.
Print Print out the pantry.

Paprika comes with a built-in meal planner that can be used to create weekly meal plans.

Switching Views

Use the tab bar at the top to switch between the daily, weekly, and monthly views. Use whichever view you prefer most.

Changing the Selected Week, Day or Month

Use the < and > buttons in the toolbar to switch between days, weeks, or months.

Shortcut Alternatively, you can swipe left and right between weeks to navigate to the previous or next week.


Adding a Meal

Adding meals can be done from meal planner, or directly from the recipe screen.

From the Meal Planner

To add a meal from the planner, press the + button. Follow the wizard which will walk you through the steps of adding a meal:

  1. Choose between adding a Recipe, a Note, or an entire Menu.
  2. Depending on your selection:
    1. Recipe - Choose a recipe.
    2. Note - Type in a note.
    3. Menu - Select a menu.
  3. Choose a date for your meal, and then press Next. Note The calendar will show your currently planned meals.
  4. Choose the meal type (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack), and then press Save.

From the Recipe Screen

Open a recipe, and then press the Calendar button in the toolbar to add that recipe as a new meal.

Choose a date for this meal, and then press Next. Choose a meal type (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack, etc.), and then press Save.


Editing Meals

Changing a Meal's Date or Type

Select the day that the meal has been scheduled for. Tap and hold the meal until the context menu appears, and then press the Edit icon on the right side of the meal. From here you can change the date or type of the meal.

Deleting Meals

Tap and hold the meal until the list of meals goes into selection mode. Select meals to delete, and then press the Delete button in the upper toolbar.


Meal Planner Actions

These actions are accessed by pressing the Actions button in the upper right corner of the current meal view.

By default, each action is performed on all of the meals in the currently visible view. For example, if you have the Monthly View selected, then selecting Add to Grocery List will add the entire month to the grocery list. If you have the Weekly View selected, then it will add the current week. If you have the Daily View selected, it will add the current day to the grocery list.

Action Description
Edit Puts the meals list in selection mode so meals can be edited and deleted.
Add to Grocery List Add the ingredients for all of the recipes scheduled in the currently visible view (day, week, or month) to the grocery list.
Email Send an email containing the currently selected view's meal plan.
Print Print a meal plan from the currently selected meals.

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

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

Accessing the Settings Panel

You can open the side panel by pressing the Menu button in the upper-left corner of the toolbar, and then press Settings to bring up Paprika's settings panel.


List of Settings

Browser
Home Page Can be used to set the default home page on the browser screen.
Clear Cache Pressing this will clear Paprika's web browser cache.
Email
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.
Appearance
Recipe Font Size Adjusts the font size of the ingredients and directions on the recipe screen.
Alphabetize Categories If turned on, categories will be automatically sorted alphabetically. Otherwise, you will be able to arrange them manually.
Keep Screen On 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.
Show Image Placeholder Shows a placeholder for recipes that do not have a photo.
Grocery List
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.
Show Recipe Names Show or hide the names of associated recipes in the main grocery list. If this is disabled, you can still tap on any grocery item to view the recipe it came from.
Aisles Allows you to manage your grocery aisles. You can add new aisles, and rename/reorder existing aisles.
Meal Planner
Week Starts On First day of the week. Used when displaying a week of meals or selecting a date for a meal.
Meal Types Allows you to add custom meal types. Also allows you to rename/reorder the existing meal types.

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, menus, pantry items, 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 in the toolbar when the side panel is visible. 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.

Note If you already have an account, please login to that account instead of creating a new one. Recipes synced with an existing account will not be available under a new 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.
Change Email Allows you to update 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. It also runs whenever you make a change (like adding a recipe) and listens for changes occurring on other devices.
  • WiFi Only - The sync only runs on wireless (not 3G) networks, unless you explicitly initiated the sync by pressing a sync button.
  • Manually - The sync only runs when you press a sync button.

Quick Sync

If you are logged in, the Sync button in the side panel acts as a shortcut button that will initiate a new sync.


Import Recipes

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 & .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 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.
      

Export Recipes

Paprika currently offers two different export formats:

Export Formats
HTML A standard portable data format that allows you to preserve a copy of your recipe collection. Your recipes will be exported to a directory, with an individual HTML file for each recipe, and an index.html displaying the list of exported recipes. Each recipe file will contain schema metadata in the HTML.
.paprikarecipes Paprika's bulk recipe export format. These files can be easily imported into any copy of Paprika. Essentially a zip file containing gzipped JSON files.

How to export your recipes

  1. Navigate to the Export Recipes screen from the settings panel.
  2. Choose a category to export. By default All Recipes will be selected, but you can choose to export a different category if you would like.
  3. Choose either the HTML or Paprika Recipe Format.
  4. Press Export.
  5. The export file or folder will be written to the device's Downloads directory.

Technical Support

For technical support inquiries, please submit a new ticket through our support page.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to frequently asked questions, please consult our knowledge base.

Changelog

For a list of changes in each version, please consult What's New on Android.

Privacy

Click here for our Privacy Policy.