Bread Pakoraby Leena Kohli (@leenakohli)
Bread Pakora is a classic Indian street food that is deep-fried in a light batter and can be served as a breakfast, snack or appetizer. It's a one-pan dish that you can make in just 15 minutes. It's super crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and can be served with coriander chutney, tamarind chutney or tomato sauce. If you love Indian food, then this recipe is for you.
- 8Slices of Bread
- 2cupGram Flour/Besan
- 2Green Chillies (chopped)
- 1tspRed Chilli Powder
- 1tspCoriander Seeds (powdered/coarsely ground)
- 1tspGaram Masala
- 1tspDry Pomegranate Seeds/Anaardaana (ground)
- 1tspCarom Seeds/Ajwain
- 1tspGarlic Powder (optional)
- 1tbspDry Fenugreek Leaves/Sookhi Methi
- 1tspBaking Powder
- 1/4tspBaking Soda (optional)
- 1 1/4cupWater
- Oil (for frying)
Mix gram flour, green chillies, salt, red chilli powder, coriander seeds, garam masala, dry pomegranate seeds, carom seeds, garlic powder, dry fenugreek leaves, garlic powder, baking powder and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
Add water gradually to the flour mix, and whisk the mixture until it forms a smooth batter.
Cut the bread slices in any shape you want.
Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed deep pan or kadhai on medium heat. To check if the oil is ready for frying, put a small piece of bread in it. It should immediately come to the surface.
Dip the slice of bread into the batter, then hold it straight for a second or two so that any excess batter drains off.
Carefully lower the bread into the oil and let it fry for a minute.
Flip the bread over with a large slotted spoon. Repeat this step 2 or 3 times until the bread is crispy and golden brown.
Once crisp, transfer the pakoras to an absorbent paper.
Serve hot with coriander or tamarind chutney.
Tips & Tricks
The consistency of the batter should be thick enough to coat the bread slice.
You can cut your bread into squares, rectangles, stars, hearts and more with a handy cutter.
The oil should be on medium flame while frying the bread pakoras so that it is cooked nicely and adds a crispy texture to it.
Bread Pakoras can be served with coriander chutney, tamarind chutney, tomato sauce or any other dip of your choice.
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