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Bread Pakoras

Spicy Bread Pakoras are great as an appetizer, finger food for any gathering, and a tasty compliment for your afternoon tea.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Crispy Pakora, Kid Friendly, Spicy Fritters, Tea Time Snack, Vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 4 slices white firm bread
  • 1 cup besan gram flour
  • 1 tbsp rice flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp asafetide hing
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds jeera
  • 2 tbsp green finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro finely choppes hara dhania
  • 1/2 cup water little more or less use as needed


  • Remove the crust from all sides of the bread. Slice the bread lengthwise into 3 equal parts.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients together: Gram flour (besan), rice flour, asafetida, cumin seeds, and salt. Rice flour adds to the crispness. Add the water slowly to make a smooth batter. (Batter should be the consistency of pancake batter or dosa batter)
  • Next, add the green chilies and cilantro. Mix well.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. Frying pan should have at least 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put one drop of batter in the oil. The batter should come up but not change color right away.
  • Dip the bread slices in the batter one at a time and slowley drop into the frying pan. Fry the Pakoras in small batches. The pakoras will take about 4 to 5 minutes to cook.
  • Turn them occasionally. Fry the Pakoras until both sides are golden-brown. Repeat this process. The crispy, delicious Bread Pakoras are ready to serve.


If oil is too hot Pakoras will cook too fast and will not be crispy; if oil is not hot enough Pakoras will be greasy. You may have to adjust the heat as needed while cooking.
Use 1/4 cup of chopped spinach or 2 tablespoons of chopped fenugreek leaves as a substitute for the chopped cilantro.
Serving suggestions:
The bread pakoras are best when dipped with a fresh cilantro chutney or 
Pakoras taste best when they are served hot.
Pakoras can be made one day in advance do not refrigerate. When ready to eat, place on a cookie sheet and heat in the preheated oven on 300 degrees.