Its raining in Mumbai, India. And the best time to make some nice fried stuffs is a Bread Pakora. We crave for something similar with a nice masala chai
And I decided to make this Bread Pakora for my family to give them a nice surprise. The weather supported us and me making this hot pakoras along with some nice tea. What more can you ask???
- 2 medium-sized potatoes or 1 large potato or 175 grams potatoes
- 1 to 2 green chillies chopped or about 1 teaspoon chopped green chilies
- 1 tablespoon coriander leaves – chopped (cilantro leaves)
- 2 teaspoons mint leaves – chopped (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
- ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
- ½ teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder) or add as required
- salt as required
- 1 cup besan (gram flour)
- ½ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain) – skip if you do not have
- ¼ tsp red chilli powder
- 1 to 2 pinches turmeric powder – optional
- ¼ tsp garam masala powder
- 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
- 1 to 2 pinches baking soda – optional
- ½ to ⅔ cup water or add as required
- salt as required
- 4 to 5 slices of whole wheat bread or brown bread or white bread
- oil for deep frying as required
- Boil or steam the potato in a pressure cooker or steamer till it is completely cooked.
- When the potato becomes warm, then peel it. Grate and keep aside. You can also mash and keep aside.
- Add the coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chilli, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, amchur powder, salt to the grated potatoes.
- Mix the spices & herbs very well with the mashed potatoes. Check the seasonings and adjust accordingly. Keep aside.
Making Bread Pakora Batter
- In a bowl, take the besan (gram flour), ajwain, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, asafoetida, baking soda (optional) and salt.
- Now add around ½ cup of water and mix very well.
- The batter should not be very thick nor too thin. If the batter is too thick, then add more water.
- Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of hot oil when you keep the oil for deep frying in the batter. Mix well. Whisk briskly non-stop for 1 to 2 minutes to incorporate some air in the batter.
Assembling Bread Pakora
- On the chopping board, slice the bread into triangle or rectangle slices.
- Take around 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mashed potato mixture and spread it on the bread evenly.
- Cover this potato stuffed slice with another slice. You now have a triangular bread sandwich. Just slightly press the sandwich.
- Take the entire sandwich in your hand and dip it in the besan batter.
- Coat the stuffed bread sandwich evenly with the besan batter. Be gentle with the sandwich. Take care not to keep the stuffed bread sandwich a long time in the batter as the bread tends to break.
Frying Bread Pakora
- By now, your oil is hot and you can easily slid the besan batter coated bread sandwich in the oil.
- Fry on a medium flame till they are crisp and golden brown.
- Drain them on a tissue paper. So that excess oil is absorbed.
- Serve bread pakora hot or warm with tomato sauce or with any chutney of your choice, or even coconut chutney.
- Enjoy the bread pakoda in the rains with a cup of indian ginger tea or masala tea.