Friday, 30 October 2015

Three layer Chutney Aloo Bread Pakora/Pakoda - Deep fried Bread Stuffed with potatoes and chutneys #indianstreetfood #pakora #stuffed #hithai


Bread Pakore ki kasam..........

I never knew anything about 'Bread Pakora/pakoda' until I watched Bollywood movie called 'Band Baaja Baaraat', not in the cinema, but when it was showed on one of the asian channel after couple of years it's released date. In one of the scenes hero and heroine of the movie sitting under the tree and having Bread Pakora, and hero swears his friendship to the heroine in the name of bread pakora,  not just seeing eating them, but talking about it too, was good enough to make me drool at that time,  such importance given to those humble pakora in this movie and I am sure they got their fame :) Also I noticed that they weren't faking it, seems they both were genuinely eating it too. Maybe you have seen that movie, if you haven't see it now this clip :)




I read somewhere that after the success of the movie they did put up a note on the official movie website 'Bread Pakode ki Kasam, HIT hai' means ( I swear ) in the name of Pakora, that movie is a success ! Oh and one more thing not only those pakora made me drool, but fell in love with satin Blue and dark red Patiyala dress ! Oh yes, and I bought for me and my daughter too :)


After watching movie I asked my sister about 'Bread Pakora' and she said 'Oh, it's nothing new for us, we can grab anytime here, it's just a street food' and she gave insight of it and told me that one of her relatives in India makes phenomenal Bread pakora and happily gave me recipe of it. However, white bread, potatoes and deep frying did put me off that time.


Second time recently I saw eating and talking about garma garam (hot) 'Bread Pakora' in the daily Indian soap 'Yeh hai Mohabattein' and once again my mind and my heart started arguing to have it or not , in the end my mind won and I left the idea of making it.


Because it was in my destiny  to have these Pakora, third time opportunity came to me and this time I did not gave a toss to anything and just went for it. Like I said before each recipe, has it's own story, so let's hear about my 'Three Layer Bread Pakora' script :)


Dear daughter came home to play the 'Dandiya Raas' over the weekend, and came home with leftover or unfinished ingredients, one of them was 2.5 kg potato bag !! I was shocked and started shoot out so many questions at her. Well she said' Mum, I did use 3-4, how can I use all of them, now you can make something otherwise they will go bad'.


My mind started thinking on speed of lightening, heart agreed and decided to fry 'Bread Pakora' not just 'Plain  Bread Pakora', not 'Aloo Bread Pakora' but 'Three layer chutney Aloo Bread Pakora', and deep fried too, because we were having first time, we wanted to discover it's real taste. Also I used white bread after such a long time !! ( you could use brown bread but what's the point when you're going to massacre it in hot oil ? )




Pakora turned out so well, we all enjoyed it immensely with Caramel Coffee jelly Frappuccino Doodh Poha. Everyone in the family said " Bread Pakore ki Kasam, yeh recipe HIT hai :).  Lol , let me tell you one more reason  why I went weak at the knees for Bread Pakora, I knew definitely we were going to burn off all those extra calories by dancing away on Sharad Poornima :)


Three layer Chutney Aloo Bread Pakora, is all rounder, it has it all. Mint and Coriander and Onion and tomato chutneys gives beautiful flavours to the mildly spiced potato filling. One thing good about this pakora, that if you take for a picnic or journey, you won't need extra chutney to pack, just a hot cup of tea or coffee will be enough to gobble down few and wash it down :)


These tasty, flavourful and lip smacking pakoras went down so quick, yes, there was a lot of work but when I saw my darlings devoured them so happily I thought it was worth the effort ! So are you all ready to re write a script and make a film on this 'Three layer Chutney Aloo Bread Pakora' if you are than tell me 'Bread pakore ki Kasam :P



Notes :-
Make sure both chutneys should be very thick and not runny, make with minimal water.
Use square or rectangle dish to make batter, or after making it pour into it. It will be much easier to handle whole square bread slices.
To make process little easier after preparing a sandwich, cut into half or four triangles, then coat in the batter, smaller the portion, easily you can handle.   
make sure you use well balanced or proper base kadai to fry them, I used my deep fat fryer. 
Also you will need 2 stainless steel slotted spoon and one flat spatula.

You will need :- Mint and Coriander Chutney

  • 1/2 cup fresh mint
  • 1 cup fresh coriander
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1" ginger
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. sugar ( optional )      

You will need :- Onion and Tomato Chutney

  • 1 medium size onion chopped
  • 3-4 ripe tomatoes cut
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp. red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. very thick tomato puree
  • 1 tsp. oil

You will need :- Potato Stuffing

  • 4-5 boiled and mashed potato ( there should be no lump in the mash )
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp crushed chilli and ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. fennel seeds powder
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Pinch of amchoor powder
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • Pinch of cumin seeds
  • Pinch of hing  


You will need :- Batter and layer

  • 3 cup besan or chickpea flour 
  • 2 tbsp rice flour ( optional )
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed ajwain seeds ( carom seeds )
  • water
You will need ;- Other stuff
  • 12-16 bread slices
  • 2 tsp. butter or margarine
  • Oil for deep fry 


Method :- Mint and Coriander Chutney - Green Chutney
Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend with minimum water. It should be thick chutney.

Method :- Onion and Tomato Chutney - Red Chutney
Heat oil and saute onion and garlic for few minutes or until light brown.
Add chopped tomatoes, sugar and salt, let it cook till all the moisture evaporates.
Add thick tomato puree and red chilli powder, let it cook for another minute or so.
Switch off the heat, let it cool slightly.
Grind in the grinder until smooth paste.

Method :- Potato stuffing
Heat oil in a kadai, add cumin seeds when they crackle add hing.
Now add crushed chilli and ginger and fry for few seconds.
Switch off the heat, add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Leave it aside.

Method :- Batter
Take square cake tin or any dish.
Place all the ingredients and mix well.
Add water little by little and make not too thick not too thin batter.
I keep batter little thinner side, as I don't like too much thick besan flour layer on my any kind of pakora, however it becomes little extra hard work for me.
Whisk the batter with the egg whisker, making sure no lumps are in the batter.
Leave it aside.

Method :- Making Pakora
Place oil in a kadai and put it on a medium heat.
Meanwhile take 4 slices of bread for one pakora.
Spread very thinly butter on one side on each slice.
Now spread green chutney on the butter side.
Lay another bread slices on top of the green chutney slice. ( Butter side up )
Take 2 tbsp. potato stuffing and apply evenly.
Take 3rd bread slice and lay on top of the potato stuffing. ( Butter side up )
Spread red chutney.
Lay 4th bread slice, butter side on the red chutney side.
Make sure all the sides are in line.
Gently press all over.
Very gently put whole sandwich into the batter.
With the spoon pour batter on the bread sandwich.
Make sure sandwich is coated with the batter from everywhere.
Now is the hard part, keep patience .
Lower the heat of the oil.
Take one flat spatula and slide very slowly under the bread sandwich.
Life it very carefully, hold it for few seconds, let excess batter drop in the tray,  with the help of another spatula gently slip away the whole sandwich into the hot oil. ( Be very careful,)
Don't turn away the pakora very quickly, keep poring hot oil over the pakora from the sides with the stainless still slotted spoon ( Jaro )
Once you see the upper layer of the pakora covered in oil, very gently turn away the pakora.
Fry till you see crispy and brown pakora.
Remove from the oil.
Leave it for few seconds on a clean kitchen paper.
Very gently cut the pakora into four triangle with bread knife.
Serve HOT bread pakoda with tea or any cold beverage.
Repeat same method with the remaining stuff.
Enjoy !!














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2 comments:

  1. Wow....wonderful pictures...that white potato stuffing dragged me here....love to try this recipe very soon....

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    1. Thanks Lubna..glad you like the recipe. Let us know :)

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