Bread Pakoras or fritters is an Indian fried snack made with bread slices. It is a high caloric food and full of carbs since it is stuffed with potatoes and paneer. The process of deep-frying is what makes it so high in calories. People who live an active lifestyle need not worry that much about deep-fried foods (if using healthy oils for deep-frying). But those who crave this yummy snack yet worry about calories, this recipe is suitable for them!
School and college memories are those remembrances that one can never really get over in a lifetime. Especially the memories related to food shared with friends during recess time. I so fondly remember how we all used to guess what Mumma has packed in tiffin today. When you found out its just regular aloo paratha, the big smile slowly vanished away. I mean, there is nothing wrong with aloo paratha, but it’s there almost every second day. At least it was in my lunch box for that often. This recipe gives a healthy twist to bread pakoras and a surprise to the usual lunchbox! Check out my Pav Bhaji recipe for more awesome and healthy snacking.
So sometimes I used to modestly sneak out a few pennies from my piggy bank and hide it in my school bag. Of course, my sweet mommy knew about it like all mommies know what their naughty ones are up to. And on days when I felt like skipping on usual parathas, I anxiously queued up in front of our beloved canteen. There one could trickle over aromatic bread pakoras and samosas.
By the time you enter college life, you become too old to carry lunch boxes. Because you are either on some crash diet or eating out with friends in new delightful cafes, become your thing. So on days when I knew I could compensate for an extra run on the treadmill, I ate in the college cafe. And savored their famous bread pakoras.
But now I am a busy mom of two naughty and growing kids. And taking out time for an extra run on treadmill or finding Delhi street food in Downtown Toronto is hard. So I decided to make bread pakoras at home but my healthy twist. I share my simple recipe hack for this mischievous Indian street food recipe. I hope you like it as much as I do.
- a handful Fresh Coriander Leaves
- 1 Green Chili
- 1 Small Ginger Pod
- 1 Small Garlic Pod
- a handful Spinach leaves
- 6-7 Cashewnuts
- a handful Dry/Fresh Mint Leaves
- 2-3 tsp Yogurt
- 2 tsp Smoked Cumin Powder
- as per taste salt
- Half a lemon squeezed Lemon Juice
- 2 Boiled Potatoes
- 1 tsp Chaat Masala
- 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
- approx. 2-3 tsp Dried Parsley Seasoning
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 3-4 tsp Gram Flour
- 1 tsp Pav Bhaji Masala (optional)
- 4-6 slices Whole-wheat Bread
- 2-4 Tomato slices
- Prepare Green Chutney In a mixing jar, add fresh coriander leaves along with spinach and mint leaves. Further add in green chili, ginger, garlic, cashew nuts, salt, and smoked cumin powder (bhuna jeera). Also, add a teaspoon of yogurt and juice of half a lemon. Add very little water to blend everything into a smooth chutney.
- Prepare Filling/Stuffing for Bread Pakoras
In an empty bowl, mash boiled potatoes and add spices like cumin powder, garam masala, and salt. Sprinkle over some dried parsley seasoning or kasoori methi (you can even skip this ingredient if you wish). Now drizzle in half a teaspoon or even less of olive oil to bind all ingredients together. Mix everything in the bowl thoroughly, and the filling for bread pakoras is ready.
- Prepare Marinade
In another empty bowl, add gram flour and mix it with yogurt. Slowly and gradually add little water to adjust the consistency of marinade, which should be neither too runny nor too thick. Now add chaat masala and pav bhaji masala (optional, it gives lovely street food aroma and extra chili taste). Mix everything and set aside.
- Grilling Bread Pakoras
Take bread slices and chop off the sides. Spread green chutney evenly on all the slices (you can also use tamarind chutney to spread on bread slices). Now place the potato filling in equal quantities on two-slice and sandwich together with other slices with green chutney. Also, place tomato slices (and onion slices if you wish) in between.
Now dip the prepared sandwiches into the marinade and let it sit for a minute.
At this stage, keep your grilling toaster ready. Grease the plates a little bit so that it doesn't get sticky (also make sure your toaster is non-stick coated otherwise gram flour would tend to stick). Place the marinaded sandwiches in the grilling toaster and toast as per the cooking directions of your grilling toaster.
- After a few minutes, when the sandwiches are crispy enough, serve them with a side salad and more green chutney. Enjoy the taste of Bread Pakoras in simple toasted sandwiches.
- You can deep-fry the sandwiches if you wish to instead of grilling them in toaster. The process to make bread pakora is the same here, just the procedure of cooking is different.