Elevate the humble bread to a mouth watering popular snack! Take slices of bread, dip in a batter of chickpeas flour and fry them golden brown. Voila! You have “the Bread Pakora.” A favourite of almost everybody (unless you are allergic to chickpea flour, because then it is really your bad luck!) this snack is a sure hit everytime and anytime you make it!
Bread pakoras are a good snack option, but if you are game for fried food in the morning, then go ahead and have it for your Sunday breakfast!
In this recipe, I have added some dried fenugreek (meethi) leaves, which adds a nice earthy flavour and it is personally one of my favourite herbs. But you can replace it with other herbs like cilantro or dried pudhina. Since they are made with bread, you can cut the slices in any shape your want. I use cookie cutters to make shapes of star, heart, car, aeroplane, and even alphabets for my 2-year-old son! Carve out the slices in a circle or triangle and work up some colourful zig zag designs using chutney and ketchup. And you now have a Bread pakora starter!
1. Bread Slices – 6, halved
2. Gram Flour (Besan) – 1 cup
3. Water – ¾ cup or as required
4. Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
5. Turmeric Powder (Haldi) – ¼th tsp
6. Asafoetida Powder (Hing) – a pinch
7. Cumin Powder (Jeera) – ½ tsp
8. Dried Fenugreek Leaves (Kasori Methi) – 1 tsp
9. Salt to taste
10. Vegetable Oil for deep-frying – 3 cups
1. Chop the bread slices into halves. Mix gram flour (besan) with water to make a thick but smooth flowing batter. Add more water if required.
2. Add all the other ingredients except oil.
3. Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy-bottom saucepan.
4. Dip each piece of bread slice into the gram flour (besan) batter and drop it gently in the hot oil. Fry on both sides until golden brown. Fry all the bread slices this way.