What happens to that loaf of bread which is half used? It remains in the fridge till you think up of something. Well, bread is the base of many easy Indian snack recipes that are liked by young and old alike. In the north, the bread pakoda remains the all time favourite snack for children when they come back from school. We have this slightly enhanced version here for you. Call it Bread and Cheese Pakoda.
Place 1 cup grated cheese in a bowl. Chop 2 spring onion greens and add. Chop the spring onion bulbs and add along with 2 chopped green chillies. Mix and set aside. Place 1 ½ cups gram flour in a bowl. Add ½ tsp carom seeds, salt to taste, ¼ tsp baking soda, ½ tsp red chilli powder, ¼ tsp turmeric powder and enough water. Whisk to make a smooth batter. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Also heat a non stick grill pan. Lightly toast 8 bread slices on the grill pan. Spread some date and tamarind chutney on 4 toasted slices and some mint and coriander chutney on the remaining 4. Spread the cheese mixture over the slices with date and tamarind chutney and cover with the slices with mint and coriander chutney and press gently. Cut each sandwich into 4 triangles. Dip the triangles in the gram flour batter and slide into the oil and deep fry till golden and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper and serve hot with any chutney.
We can only rustle up other Indian snacks. Like Bread Upma, Bread Dosa and Bread Bhelpuri. The last will certainly dazzle your unexpected guests no end. And the Bread Dosa is ideal for school lunch boxes.
If savouries are easy to do with bread so are some desserts. If you make something like Brown Bread Apple Cheese Toast you could be satisfied with it for it is ideal for breakfast and also as an early evening snack. It is also salty and sweet! But those who want sweet sweet endings, go for Double ka meetha and Brown Bread Pudding with great élan!
Indian snack recipes can be a carnival of delights during the festival season. Watch out this space!