Bread Pakoda is an Indian street food in its most delightful form. It is one of our favorite Sunday breakfast recipes. Especially when it rains and we want to indulge in some fried snack.
Street Food in India
Street food is an integral part of Indian culture, offering a unique and delicious culinary experience that can be found nowhere else in the world. From mouth-watering chaat and spicy samosas to the more filling pav bhaji and vada pav, street food in India is an adventure for the taste buds.
Street vendors, known as chaatwalas, can be found in every nook and cranny of Indian cities, with each region boasting its own specialty. The chaat from Delhi, samosas from Lucknow, pani puri from Mumbai, and the list goes on.
Indian hawkers bring their uniquely Indian take on the classic roadside snacks to the public on a daily basis. The best thing about this style of street food is that it’s not just about being cheap and quick – it’s also about being fresh, authentic, and having a real, true Indian flavor.
One of the reasons why street food is so popular in India is because it’s not just a means of sustenance, but it’s also an experience. When you visit a street food vendor in India, you’re not just buying food, you’re also engaging with the vendor and the other customers around you. It’s a chance to be part of the local community, to try new things, and to experience the local culture.
Bread Pakoda – What is it?
Bread Pakoda is basically a savory fritter made by dipping bread in seasoned gram flour batter.
It is a very common snack across Mumbai which was initially made by stuffing the bread with boiled potatoes and then deep-frying it. Later, as the popularity of bread pakoda grew, people began to experiment with different fillings, including paneer, cheese, and even vegetables like onions and bell peppers.
Today, bread pakoda is a favorite among Indians of all ages and is commonly served as a snack with tea or coffee. It’s easy to make and can be prepared in just a few minutes.
Bread Pakoda is mostly served with delicious green Mint chutney or tomato ketchup.
In the stuffed version, triangular pieces of bread are stuffed with a potato or a mixed vegetable filling.
Bread pakoda is usually deep fried to make it crisp but it can also be shallow fried if you are calorie conscious.
The street vendors mostly sell the stuffed or chutney version but I like it made with plain, bite sized, bread. That way it satisfies the craving and is not too heavy on the stomach.
Here, I am sharing with you the recipe of the way I like this snack – the plain bread version.
Bread: You can use any bread for this recipe. I like to make it with store bought, white bread or whole wheat bread.
Batter: I use organic gram flour to make this recipe. I season it with spices like Turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin and carom seeds.
I also like the flavour of green chili and coriander in this batter.
Oil: I cook my meals in Groundnut oil and I have used the same to fry these fritters.
I have added Baking Soda to the recipe. This makes the pakoda fluffy and light. However, you can avoid it and add one tablespoon oil instead.
- 1 Cup Besan/Chane ka Atta or Gram Flour
- 1 Tsp Carom Seeds/Ajwain
- 1/2 Tsp Jeera/Cumin
- 1 Tbsp Red Chilli Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Turmeric/ Haldi Powder
- Salt as per taste
- 1 Pinch Baking Soda Optional. You can use 1 Tbsp oil instead
- 1/4 Cup Chopped Coriander
- 1 Chopped green chilli
- Water as required
- 3-4 Bread Slices
- Oil for frying
- Take Besan in a bowl. Add Carom seeds, jeera,red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt, baking soda, chopped coriander and chopped green chilli.
- Add water and make a thick batter.
- Cut the bread slices into squares.
- Dip the bread slices into the batter. Coat well on both sides.
- Deep fry in hot oil till golden.
- Serve hot with mint chutney or ketchup.
- You can stuff your favorite vegetable between two bread slices, cut it into pieces and make bread pakoda.
- You can even apply one of your favorite chutneys between two bread slices, cut it into pieces and make the pakoda.
- You can even opt to shallow fry the bread pakoda if you want it less oily.
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Pani puri is another very famous street food in India. It is super easy and fun to make at home too. Plus making at home gives you an advantage of eating till your heart desires! Try the recipe for the same here.
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