Indian bread pakora is made in a manner similar to French toast, but the two recipes taste nothing alike. This spicy and unique bread-based dish makes a delicious snack, side dish, or appetizer. The recipe can be easily adjusted for your tastes. Here's how to make Indian bread pakora:
Ingredients and supplies:
- 4-5 slices of white bread
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Garam Masala powder
- Red chili powder, to taste
- Water (enough to form a batter)
- Cut the bread. Cut the bread into triangles, rectangles, or other shapes, like you would cut French toast. One-day-old bread is usually easier to use than fresh, soft white bread, which is easily torn and may become soggy when dipped in the batter.
- Make the bread pakora batter. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, chili powder, garam masala, and ajwain. Mix it together. Then add a little water at a time, until the mixture forms a smooth batter.
- Fry the bread pakora. Heat oil in the pan over medium heat. Dip each piece of bread in the batter, fully coating each side. Then fry until the surface becomes crisp, flipping once. It should take about 2-3 minutes per side. Expect them to turn a dark brown color.
- Serve. Indian bread pakora is usually served hot, with green chutney, tomato sauce, ketchup, or mustard sauce. It may also be used to make sandwiches. This unique dish complements many meals, especially traditional Indian recipes.
Indian bread pakora can be made more or less spicy, depending on your tastes. Other common ingredients in the batter for bread pakora include coriander powder, cumin seeds, cilantro, black pepper, finely chopped onion, and a beaten egg instead of water. This recipe is very easy to double or even triple to serve a crowd.