Finally…… it rained. What else can you think of than pakoras, fritters, cutlets, chaat.
For the filling
4-5 medium size boiled potatoes (mashed)
1 green chili, finely chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
¼ tsp or ½ tsp red chili powder
1 tsp amchur powder
½ cup of mint coriander chutney or chopped mint leaves (optional)
Black salt or common salt to taste
For the outer crisp coating
3 cups besan (chick pea flour/gram flour)
a pinch of hing
½ tsp red chili powder
½ tsp garam masala powder
½ tsp ajwain/carom seeds
6 slices of Brown or White Bread
oil for frying
Method – for the potato filling
* Peel the boiled potatoes. Mash the potatoes while they are still warm.
* Add the coriander leaves, green chili, red chili powder, amchur powder, salt to the mashed potatoes.
* Mix these with the mashed potatoes. Check the seasonings and adjust accordingly. Keep aside.
Method for the besan batter
** In a bowl, take the besan (chick pea flour/gram flour).
** Add the ajwain, red chili powder, garam masala powder, asafoetida and salt.
** Add around ½ cup water and mix.The batter should not be very thick nor too thin. Check the seasonings and adjust accordingly.
** Add a few drops of oil to the batter and mix well.
Keep the ready batter aside.
Method for frying the Aloo Bread Pakora
*** Heat up some oil for deep frying the pakoras.
*** On your chopping board, slice the bread into triangle or rectangle slices.
*** Keep a single triangular slice of bread on your tray or rolling board or cutting board. Take a teaspoon of the mint-coriander chutney and apply it evenly on the triangular slice of bread.
*** Take around 2 tbsp of the mashed potato mixture and apply it on the bread evenly.
*** Cover this potato stuffed slice with another slice.
*** 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 pakoras. Take care not to keep the stuffed bread sandwich a long time in the batter as the bread tends to break.
*** Now slid the besan batter coated bread sandwich in the oil. Fry the bread pakoras on a medium flame till they are crisp and golden brown.
*** Drain on a tissue.
*** Serve them hot or warm with tomato sauce or with any chutney of your choice..
****Enjoy the bread pakodas in the rains with a cup of indian ginger chai or masala chai.