bread pakora

bread pakora recipe with step by step photos. bread pakora is a popular north indian snack of bread fritters. bread slices are stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes filling, batter-coated and then deep-fried.

bread pakora

bread pakora is a favorite breakfast and tea time snack at our home. everyone loves it and it is a great bread snack to have during rains.

when it pours cats and dogs outside, then stuffed warm potato bread pakora with a sweet sauce and a spicy chutney accompanied by a cuppa of hot indian masala chai is bliss. my fond memories of bread pakora are of course having them on street-side stalls and also having these during the weekend for breakfasts.

there are 2 ways bread pakora are made

  • plain besan bread pakora without stuffing – this is an easy and quick method as no stuffing is made for bread pakoda. when we need to have some hot bread snack quickly, then i make plain bread pakora. here the bread slices are dipped in besan (chickpea flour batter) spiced with ajwain, red chilli powder, asafoetida, salt and deep-fried.
  • bread pakora stuffed with mashed potatoes filling – the recipe posted here is stuffed with a filling of mashed & spiced potatoes, dipped in gram flour batter and then deep-fried. one can be innovative in making the filling. though mashed potatoes are a common stuffing used, there are other stuffings that can be used, like, paneer (cottage cheese), cheese and even green peas.

bread pakoda

after a long time, i am sharing this recipe of stuffed bread pakora, even though i make it pretty often. it is one of the most popular snack recipe made with bread and is a favorite bread snack of many people.
below i am sharing video of bread pakora without the potato stuffing. the video is helpful as the coating of bread slices with batter and frying are the same.

how to make bread pakora

a) preparing the potato filling

  • boil or steam the potatoes in a pressure cooker or steamer till they are completely cooked. when the potatoes become warm, then peel it. grate and keep aside. you can also mash and keep aside.
    1: cooking potatoes in a pressure cooker: rinse and place them in a 2-litre pressure cooker. add enough water just about covering them. pressure cook on a medium flame for 4 to 5 whistles. drain the water. let the potatoes become warm. peel, grate or mash.
    2: cooking potatoes in a pan: rinse, peel and then dice potatoes. add the chopped potatoes in a pan. add water just enough to cover them. you can add a bit of salt. cover and cook potatoes till they are softened. later drain all the water very well. when the potatoes become warm then peel and grate them. you can even mash them.

bread pakoda recipe stuffing

  • add the chopped coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chilli, red chilli powder, amchur powder (dry mango powder) and salt to the grated potatoes.

bread pakoda recipe stuffing

  • mix the spices & herbs very well with the mashed potatoes. check the seasonings and adjust accordingly. keep aside.

stuffing for bread pakoda recipe

making bread pakora batter

  • in a bowl, take the besan (gram flour), carom seeds, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, asafoetida (hing) and salt as required.

batter for bread pakoda recipe

  • first add ½ cup water and mix very well. the batter should not be very thick nor too thin. if the batter is too thick, then add more water.

batter for bread pakora recipe

  • add a few drops of hot oil when you keep the oil for deep frying in the batter. mix well. keep the ready batter aside.

batter for bread pakora recipe

making bread pakora

  • on the chopping board, slice the bread into triangle or rectangle slices.

making bread pakoda recipe

  • take around 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mashed potato mixture and spread it on the bread evenly.

preparing bread pakoda recipe

  • cover this potato stuffed slice with another slice. you now have a triangular bread sandwich. just slightly press the sandwich.

making bread pakoda recipe

frying bread pakora

  • heat the oil and check if the oil is ready by adding a drop of the batter. if the batter starts sizzling and comes gradually on the surface of the oil, the oil is ready. if the batter does not come up on the surface, then the oil needs to get more hot. if the batter comes very quickly on top, the oil is too hot.

frying pakora - bread pakora recipe

  • take the entire sandwich in your hand and dip it in the besan batter.

making bread pakora

  •  coat the stuffed bread sandwich evenly with the besan batter. be gentle with the sandwich. take care not to keep the stuffed bread sandwich a long time in the batter as the bread tends to break.

making bread pakoda

  • gently slid the besan batter coated bread sandwich in the oil.

making bread pakoda

  • add two to three pieces of bread pakora depending on the size of the kadai, but do not overcrowd the kadai or pan. begin to deep fry on a medium to medium-high flame.

making bread pakora

  • when one side is light golden, turn over and fry the second side.

making bread pakora

  • flip a couple of times more and fry on a medium to medium-high flame till they are crisp and golden brown. flip a couple of times more and fry for even browning.

making bread pakora

  • remove the crisp and golden fried pakora with a slotted spoon draining the extra oil.

making bread pakora

  • place the fried bread pakora on kitchen absorbent tissues so that excess oil is absorbed. in the same way, fry the remaining bread pakoda and place them too on kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil.

bread pakora

  • serve bread pakora hot or warm with tomato ketchup or with any chutney of your choice like sweet tamarind chutney. you can serve these tasty aloo bread pakora with mint-coriander chutney and dry onion-garlic chutney or even with coconut chutney.

bread pakora
note: i have updated new pictures of batter coating and frying bread pakora in the step by step format above. this post is from the archives and was first originally published on 30 august 2010.

few more bread snacks recipes

  • bread upma – an easy and quick bread snack recipe.
  • bread pizza – this bread pizza on frying pan or griddle is a quick, easy and tasty bread snack.
  • bread roll – crisp and tasty bread roll with a soft spiced mashed potato filling.
  • grilled sandwich – easy & healthy veg grilled sandwich recipe that can be made for a quick breakfast and brunch.
STEP BY STEP PHOTOS ABOVEmany of my recipes have step by step photos and useful tips to help you make it easily and perfectly.

Bread Pakora

4.86 from 14 votes
bread pakora is a popular north indian snack of bread fritters. bread slices are stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes filling, batter-coated and then deep-fried.
bread pakora recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:25 mins
Cook Time:40 mins
Total Time:1 hr 5 mins
Course:breakfasts,snacks
Cuisine:indian
Servings (change the number to scale):3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

for stuffing

  • 175 grams potatoes or 1 large potato or 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 to 2 green chillies chopped or about 1 teaspoon chopped green chilies
  • 1 tablespoon coriander leaves - chopped (cilantro leaves)
  • 2 teaspoons mint leaves - chopped (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder) or add as required
  • salt as required

for batter

  • 1 cup besan (gram flour)
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 to 2 pinches turmeric powder - optional
  • ¼ tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 to 2 pinches baking soda - optional
  • ½ to ⅔ cup water or add as required
  • salt as required

other ingredients

  • 4 to 5 slices of whole wheat bread or brown bread or white bread
  • oil for deep frying as required

INSTRUCTIONS

making stuffing

  • boil or steam the potato in a pressure cooker or steamer till it is completely cooked. 
  • when the potato becomes warm, then peel it. grate and keep aside. you can also mash and keep aside.
  • add the coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chilli, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, amchur powder, salt to the grated potatoes.
  • mix the spices & herbs very well with the mashed potatoes. check the seasonings and adjust accordingly. keep aside.

making bread pakora batter

  • in a bowl, take the besan (gram flour), ajwain, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, asafoetida and salt.
  • now add around ½ cup of water and mix very well.
  • the batter should not be very thick nor too thin. if the batter is too thick, then add more water.
  • add a few drops of hot oil when you keep the oil for deep frying in the batter. mix well.

making bread pakora

  • on the chopping board, slice the bread into triangle or rectangle slices.
  • take around 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mashed potato mixture and spread it on the bread evenly.
  • cover this potato stuffed slice with another slice. you now have a triangular bread sandwich. just slightly press the sandwich.
  • take the entire sandwich in your hand and dip it in the besan batter.
  • coat the stuffed bread sandwich evenly with the besan batter. be gentle with the sandwich. take care not to keep the stuffed bread sandwich a long time in the batter as the bread tends to break.

frying bread pakora

  • by now, your oil is hot and you can easily slid the besan batter coated bread sandwich in the oil.
  • fry on a medium flame till they are crisp and golden brown.
  • drain them on a tissue paper. so that excess oil is absorbed.
  • serve bread pakora hot or warm with tomato sauce or with any chutney of your choice, or even coconut chutney.
  • enjoy the bread pakoda in the rains with a cup of indian ginger tea or masala tea.

NOTES

  • recipe can be easily doubled.
  • you can add spices more or less as per your taste.

NUTRITION INFO (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Bread Pakora
Amount Per Serving
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 305mg13%
Potassium 334mg10%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 116IU2%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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75 comments/reviews

  1. Hi Dassana,

    Made this today for kids breakfast. Kids loved it and I too enjoyed it. AWESOME. Keep up the good work. All your recipes are too good. May God Bless U.

  2. thx i really love this recipe and my hobby is also to collect new recipes so plz give more new recipes thx alot

  3. Amazing!!!!I ran out of something interesting to eat…and thats when i came accross this recipe…
    loved it….!!! :* 🙂
    its a ten on ten!!!

  4. One bread slices cut into 2 peices makes one bread pakoda …. how many calories will it have pl ?5 stars

  5. Hi Dassana,,,, !! How r u doing?? Hey I prepared dese pakoras 2 days back and it was jus perfect 🙂 It reminded me of the hot pakoras dat we used to get in our school canteen made by our beloved tularam ji…. 🙂 My husband loved it a lot even though he has never been to north… N in my recipe book i’ve given dis recipe the verdict as “PERFECT” 🙂 Hoping to try more of ur recipes…. Happy Diwali in advance…. God bless u ……

    • thanks ramya. wish you happy diwali too. i am good and hope the same for you.

      the bread pakoras are a snack i make on weekends and it always reminds me of the bread pakoras i would have in bombay minus the red chili garlic chutney. i still love it and so does the rest of the family.

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  7. thanks alot for presenting bread pakora . I just made bread pakora through your presentation..thanks once again…:)

  8. A beautifully presented recipie…I tried it out and my family enjoyed it!!!! Thanks so much for sharing it…

  9. A beutifully presented recipe. Looks and tastes delicious just reading and looking at it . A must try for my son.
    Thank U!

  10. now this is one of the recipies explained so so perfect that the person cannot miss on any step.
    Hats off to you!
    so yes here i am going to try it for iftar. Wish me luck! 🙂
    and thank you!

  11. wow!! came out really good. everytime i used to prepare plain bread pakoda and my hubby was bored eating that everytime. he really enjoyed this new way of bread pakoda. thanks so much. 🙂

  12. hi, thanks so much for sharing this recipe…. made it today for tea and my family loved it! having lived in Northern India for many years , this recipe makes me nostalgic!!

  13. loved the pics 🙂 mouth watering 🙂 .
    I am going to try making them today cuz i dont have tuiton ( i am in 12th std )
    Hope it turns out well…… my fingers are crossed.

  14. Explained in such a simple manner that a bad cook like me too tried it and my son loved it . First time he finished his tiffin box saying ” Mummy i ate all of the four pieces and I felt like I have some creditability to my sleeves too .

    • ur comment brought a smile to my face… so nice to know that ur son liked the bread pakoras and he finished his tiffin box 🙂

      thank you preeti for your lovely comment. and let me tell you nobody is a bad cook. it is just practice… erring… going wrong and then again trying to correct ourselves with some more practice and experience.

      we all need to just keep on trying and practice… be patient with ourselves and enjoy the whole process of creating a meal for our loved ones…

  15. The article presentation is so tempting and easy to understand. I remember every step of preparing the dish. Waiting for rainy season to show up soon ;-)).

  16. Thanks,

    I am gaukarna from SA, I love Bread Pakoda and way of presentation how it preaper it.

    Thanks