Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Bread Pakoras

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Resuming blogging after my so called hiatus presented me with a big setback ...Food Blog Desam wasn't updating anymore. You cannot imagine the panic mode that set in...afterall it was through Food Blog Desam that my blog had come out of total anonymity. Thankfully, Taste Of India came up and Sailu arrived like a welcome shower in a summer month. Sailu, thanks a ton !!! ( I Don't know if she'll ever read this, but whomsoever does please pass this on to her :D)
Coming to Bread Pakoras, they used to be the ever favorite snack in my school canteen when I was growing up and I used to really relish eating them. Infact after passing out from school, they were the only thing I missed, more so for I moved to Maharashtra where Wada Pav was more readily available. Over a period of time, I switched loyalties from Bread Pakora to Wada Pav and then to McDonald's Burger.
One fine Sunday morning I had some time on hand, everyone else at home was sleeping and I thought of making this for Breakfast. It felt good to dig my teeth into one of these after a decade.
For those who have never tasted it, you surely have missed something.

Bread Slices - 6-8
Potatoes, mashed - 2
Red Chilli Powder - 3 tsp
Cheese, Grated - 20 gm ( 1/2 Cup)
Black Pepper Powder - 1 Tsp
Tomato Ketchup - 3 Tblsp
Mint Chutney - 3 Tblsp
Gram Flour - 1 Cup
Salt - To Taste
Oil - For Deep Frying

1. Make a batter by mixing gram flour, salt, 2 tsp red chilli powder and water.Ensure there are no lumps.
2. Mix mashed potatoes, grated cheese, remaining red chilli powder, black pepper and salt.

1. Take two bread slices. On one side of one bread slice, apply a little tomato ketchup and spread to coat the side.
2. Layer the mashed potato mixture on the slice evenly.
3. Take the other bread slice and apply mint chutney on it. Spread.
4. Cover the Bread slices such that the Potato mixture in stuffed between the two slices and the tomato and mint spreads hold the breads and potato mix together.
5. Cut the sandwich diagonally into triangles.
6. Repeat for the other slices.
7. Heat Oil in a wok.
8. Dip the sandwiches into the gram flour batter to coat evenly and fry in oil.
9. Remove with slotted spoon.
10. Drain on absorbent kitchen tissue.
11. Serve Hot with Tea and chutney.

Note: Please do not soak in batter for long, else the bread will soak the water in the batter and become soggy and break.

Addendum: This happens to be my entry to the Potato Fe(a)st hosted at Culinary Bazaar. You can read about it here.


Rajitha said...

yum! we used to get this in school too..absolutely mouthwatering..my mom makes it at times with 3 layers and tomato and green chutney between them...so good :)

Srivalli said...

wonderful snack gaurav...never used potatoes and cheese...will try next...that looks yummy

remya said...

nice snack...sounds delish!!!

Siri said...

The Bread Pakoras look yummy Gaurav! will definitely give it a try..:)

Siri said...

Gaurav - I am planning to make these today..so came back to note the recipe and also let u know about "The Potato Fe(a)st" event - organised by Dhivya @ Culinary Bazaar for which these Pakoras will be a nice entry.

More details are on my blog and also on right hand side bar of TOI.

~ Siri

Gaurav said...

Rajitha, the description of the 3 layers ...just made me go ahead and make a fresh lot again :)

Srivalli, how did it turn out with Potato & Cheese.

Siri, thanks for the Potato Feast event ...will send it across. How did they turn out.

Forgot to tell everybody ...its an extremely heavy snack..If u r planning to do some imp work later ..forget it...u'll surely feel like catching a nap post eating this. :D

Shella said...

I have been really wanting to make these for a long time now. Your pics tempt me enough to try them ASAP.

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Rina said...

Gaurav ji, Love recipe for these bread pakodas..Have some mint chutney at home, so let me adventure this yummy snack.

DK said...

They luk so yum and are so enticing. This is a must try for me! Thanks for sending it to the event Gaurav. :)

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