Bread Pakoda | How to make Bread Pakora with Bread Crust

>>  Thursday, March 19, 2015

We are on the final day of BM# 50 third week. I have been cooking with "One Ingredient, different dishes" As I said I had selected Bread because of the Bread Gulab Jamun that was prepared during my office cultural activity. So the other innovative dish, or rather the presence of mind my office cook showed, was making use of the leftover trims or the brown crusts they trimmed out of the bread.

Since they were cooking for 100 people, they had to use lot of loaves. And imagine the sides that were discarded. That's when they decided they would make something out of it. They were originally planning to pair the Gulab Jamun with some potato wafers, after this innovative idea that the cookes came up with, they decided to showcase this itself.

They got some more bread loaf and used it in making the Bread Crumb Pakoda. What they made was actually more like a bonda types. And not exactly the crispy pakoras. I decided to use just the side crumbs for the pakodas. I had decided to make all the three dishes on the same day, because I wanted to uses the sides. When I had made these crispy pakodas, I literally request for some to be kept for the pictures. 

The pakodas got over in no time and surely is an addictive snack. It's a very flexible recipe, you can just improvise as you make it. To make it more crunchy and crispy I added rice flour, Maida and Besan. And with almost no moisture to make the batter.

Makes a great snack during evening times, when you want to quickly make something to nibble on.

Unlike elsewhere, where deep fried fritters are all called as Pakoras, in south we have different names for different shapes of deep fried fritters. The ingredients might all be the same, the way you make it differs and so are the names.

When a ball of batter is flatten and fried, it's Vada and I have a huge list (comes both with a hole in middle, without it as well), 
When it is dropped as such as a ball, it's Bonda
When a piece of vegetable is dipped in a batter and deep fried, it's Bajji, the latest Brinjal Bajji is out
The same vegetable mixed in a thick batter and deep fried, it's Pakoda or Pakoras

And when the batter barely covers the vegetable and fried crispy, its Thool Pakoda

Phew! We are seriously addicted to Pakodas, no doubt!

And you guessed right, I love all versions.

Bread Pakodas / Pakodas with Bread 

Ingredients Needed:

Bread Crusts on the sides from 16 bread slices 
Onion julinnes - 1 medium
Coriander leaves handful
Curry leaves handful
Green chilies - 2 -3 medium
Rice flour - 2 tbsp
Maida - 2 tbsp
Besan - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Red Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil for deep frying

How to make the Bread Pakodas

Take the discarded sides from the bread slices that you used for making Bread Gulab Jamun and Bread Batura.

Mix it along with rest of the ingredients till well combined.

Sprinkle water to bind everything together.

Heat oil for deep frying.

when the oil is hot, take a handful of batter and drop it in oil, making sure it falls as smaller pieces and not just as one whole mass.

Cook on all sides till well done.

Drain on a kitchen towel usign a slotted spatula.

Serve with Tomato Ketchup


If you want more volume to your pakodas, add bread slices as such that's soaked in milk. You can use milk to get moisture to this pakoda as well.

Add vegetables to make it more interesting.

As I said this can take any shape as I specified, depending on what you add. This can be a great cutlet as well.

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Ruchi Indu March 19, 2015 at 9:32 AM  

Cool. The other day after reading our jamun post I was wondering what to do with the leftover sides of the bread. Good to know that things dont go waste...

Kalyani March 19, 2015 at 10:35 AM  

scrumptious fritters !! good to see use of bread crumbs...

Nivedhanams Sowmya March 19, 2015 at 10:54 AM  

Nice way to use the side trims.. Love the delicious pakoras

Suja Ram March 19, 2015 at 4:58 PM  

Innovative Pakoras using bread. I wanna grab some from your bowl. Looks so inviting. Just wondering if it takes in more oil while frying?

Annu Swamy March 19, 2015 at 7:55 PM  

MMMMMMMMM!!!Pakoras. Just love them. Very good way to use the crust. Got to make this soon.

Srivalli March 19, 2015 at 7:59 PM  

Sujatha I am not exactly sure how to put it on the oil part. Pakodas tend to be oily. However with right temperature and moisture we can control the amt of oil consumed right. To answer your question, when compared with regular onion pakoda it was a bit more oily

Varadas Kitchen March 20, 2015 at 4:22 AM  

Loved this series. Nice pictures.

Padmajha PJ March 20, 2015 at 9:08 AM  

Loved your list of deep fried snacks! And this is something I would love to munch on. You have tempted me to make all the three dishes you have showcased this week!

Jayanthi March 21, 2015 at 2:39 AM  

I would have never dreamed of using the bread edges to make the pokara...they look so crispy and crunchy.

vaishali sabnani March 21, 2015 at 7:39 AM  

These are really innovative pakoras, i do make a roti out of it but never thought of using these for the super addictive pakoras . Loved rhem.

Priya Suresh March 21, 2015 at 2:41 PM  

Very creative way to finish those crust, those crispy pakoras makes me drool.

Suma Gandlur March 23, 2015 at 6:25 AM  

Wow Valli! What a great way to use the leftover bread crusts.

Pavani N March 23, 2015 at 8:31 PM  

Very innovative use of bread crust Valli. Pakodas look crunchy & delicious.
I should ask my husband to read your post about the names of the different fried foods -- he calls everything fried 'bajji' and that annoys me soooo much and I correct him ALL the time :-)

Srividhya March 23, 2015 at 9:19 PM  

Great recipe. Nice way to use the edges..

Sandhya Ramakrishnan March 24, 2015 at 7:30 AM  

Really innovative and love how you used the leftover sides of the bread!

sneha datar March 25, 2015 at 9:47 PM  

Great way to use the sides of the bread.

Harini-Jaya R March 26, 2015 at 4:29 AM  

Great usage of bread leftovers.

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