Bread pakora recipe homemade

How to make bread pakora 

Bread pakora is a fried snacks made with bread slice, gram flour and other spices. It can be made with a fillings or without a fillings. Often made with a spiced aloo fillings. And therefore known as potato bread pakora also.

Serving pieces of bread pakora with sauce for bread pakora/pakoda recipe

It is a hugely popular in street food stalls  in places like Punjab and  Mumbai. It is generally served in morning breakfast and at evening tea time.
Bread pakora generally made with spiced potato fillings, Aloo bread pakora. You can use paneer or mix vegetables to make this recipe.
Some easy bread recipes that you can make at home are

Steps to make bread pakora

You can boil the potatoes either using a pressure cooker or any other kitchen pan. When the potatoes become cool down completely,  peel them and grate them finely using a grater. There should not be any big chunks in the potatoes.

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a pan over medium heat flame and when the oil become hot add  mustard seeds and fry till cracks.Then add curry leaves and fry for a second. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and fry for another second.
Making tadka with curry leaves, mustard seeds, red chilli powder and turmeric powder for bread pakora recipe

You can add the grated potatoes directly into the pan and mix nicely with the masala tadka. Or remove the tadka and mix with the grated potatoes in a mixing bowl. Therefore add
 salt and coriander leaves and mix well. If you want to make it spicy then add chopped green chillies.

Mixing corriander leaves with potato fillings for bread pakora recipe

Batter making for pakora

The batter for pakora should be a thick one so don't mix more water at once.
First take the besan in a mixing bowl and add
 ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, carrom seeds, corn flour and salt.
Mixing besan with corn flour, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and carom seeds for the batter of bread pakora

Pour water little by little to make a thick batter without any lumbs.

Lumbs free batter for bread pakora recipe

You can use rice flour instead of corn flour to make the batter which also makes the pakora crispy.

Making the bread pakora/pakoda
Heat oil in a kadai or deep vessel pan on medium heat flame. When the oil become hot pour a drop of batter into the oil to check if the oil is too hot. We should fry the pakora on medium hot oil.

Take half of the bread slices and apply 2 tablespoon potato mixture over each bread slice and spread them evenly.

Spreading potato mixture over the bread slices for bread pakora recipe

Now Place the remaining bread slices over the potato mixture and press lightly to close them.

Stuffed bread slices with potato fillings for bread pakora recipe
Then cut each bread slices diagonally into a triangular shape. 
Stuffed triangular shape bread slice for bread pakora recipe
Deep the triangular shape bread slice into the batter nicely so that all sides are covered with the batter.

Dipping triangular shape bread pakora into the batter
Now carefully add them into the oil and fry till both sides become crisp golden.
Deep frying triangular shape bread pakora in hot oil
Remove them on an absorbent paper to absorb any excess oil. Similarly repeat with the remaining bread slices and fry them.
You can fry them as a whole without cutting into two parts. Just dip the whole bread slice into the batter and fry.
Dipping bread pakora into the batter

Deep frying bread pakora in oul

Remove and cut into two parts. Serve them hot with chutney or sauce.

Bread pakora without stuffing
You can make this pakora without any stuffing. For that make a batter as said above by mixing the besan with rice flour, ginger garlic paste, salt, carom seeds, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. 
The batter should be little thick so add water carefully while making it.
You can cut the bread slices into triangular shape or use as a whole and dip into the batter and then deep fry in hot oil till crisp golden.

How to make Punjabi bread pakora
In Punjabi bread pakora curry leaves and mustard seeds are generally not used.
Make the tadka by frying chopped onion, ginger, green chili, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder in a pan. Then mix them with grated or mashed potatoes to make the fillings.

Punjabi bread pakora are little bit spicy so while making the batter add little bit more green chili paste. Carom seeds (ajwain) is a important ingredients for Punjabi bread pakora. So don't forget to use it.

Stuffed the fillings as mentioned above and fry till crisp golden and serve hot with green chutney.

How to make healthy bread pakora
To make healthy bread pakora use brown bread slices instead of white bread and don't deep fry them. 

Take a non stick pan and heat with some olive oil. When the oil become hot add the batter coated bread slices on the pan and shallow fry till crisp golden on both sides. Like we make french toast.

Bread pakora recipe

Serving bread pakora with sauce for bread pakora recipe

Bread pakora is a fried bread snacks made with a spiced potato fillings. Coated with a gram flour batter and other spices and then deep fried till crisp golden. It is a popular breakfast and evening tea time snacks. Popular in street food stalls in Mumbai.
Prep time          cook time      
15 min                8 min  
Serve 2             
Author :- Mobasir hassan

  • 4 - 6 bread slices (white bread)
  • Oil for deep or shallow fry
For pakora batter
  •  50 gm gram flour ( besan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon corn flour or rice flour
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon carom seeds
  • Water as required
For pakora stuffing
  • 2 boiled potato medium size
  • 1/3 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • Small pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1 green chili chopped ( optional)
  • 8 - 10 curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/3 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 teaspoon chopped coriander leaves
How to make the recipe

Making the fillings

  1. Grate the potatoes finely without any big chunks in a mixing bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a pan with 1 teaspoon oil on medium high flame and fry the mustard seeds till cracks.
  3. Add the curry leaves and fry for a second.
  4. Add the red chilli powder, turmeric powder mix and switch off the flame.
  5. Transfer these mixture into the bowl of grated potatoes.
  6. Mix nicely with the potatoes adding salt and coriander leaves and lemon juice.
  7. You can directly add the grated potatoes into the pan and mix. But it will take more time to cool the potato mixture.
Making the batter
  1. Take the besan in a mixing bowl and add the ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, carom seeds, salt and corn flour.
  2. Add little water and mix everything nicely to make a lumbs free batter.
  3. The batter should not be too thick or thin.

Making bread pakora

  1. Take the 3 bread slice on a board or working table.
  2. Place 2 teaspoon potato mixture over each bread slice and spread evenly over them.
  3. Place remaining bread slices over the potato fillings and press gently to close them.
  4. Cut each in two parts into a triangular shape.
  5. Heat oil in a deep vessel pan or kadai over medium heat flame.
  6. When the oil become hot, pour a drop of batter into the oil to check. If it float immediately then the oil is ready to fry. 
  7. Dip one triangular bread slice into the batter to coat evenly from all sides.
  8. Remove excess batter and carefully place into the oil.
  9. Fry for one minute then flip to another side and continue to frying.
  10. Fry till both sides become crisp golden by flipping at a regular interval.
  11.  Similarly fry the remaining breads till crisp golden.
  12. Serve them hot by sprinkling some chat masala.
                Serving tips
  • Bread pakora are generally served with green chutney, fried green chili and onion slices.
  • Sweet chutney ( Tamarind chutney) often served along with green chutney with bread pakora.
  • Tomato sauce or ketchup is another good choice for serving along with it.
                   Nutritional value
                  ( estimate only)
  •  Calories :- 496 kcal
  • Carbohydrate :- 65 g |
  •  Fats :- 19 g
  • Protein :- 16 g
                  Recipe notes
  • If the batter become thin then add more besan and flour to make it thick.
  • You can use brown bread to make the recipe. 
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