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Do you love snacking on fried foods, but STOP yourself from piling on the unnecessary calories? Well, you don’t need to experience any more guilt. Want to know what we’re talking about?
First of all, guess the name of the most popular homemade snack? Yes ladies, the undisputed king of snacks is none other than the crispy and delicious bread pakora. Bread pakora is quite easy to make, plus its spicy and tangy taste is sure to make your mouth water!
Traditionally, bread pakora is fried, but for this recipe, we will prepare a bread pakora without bread and without frying! Yes, you heard it right.
Recently, celebrity chef Kunal Kapur, who is widely followed on Instagram, shared a unique bread pakora recipe that requires NO bread. Plus, this recipe is gluten-free.
Gluten is a family of storage proteins that are found in some of the most commonly used cereals such as wheat, rye, and barley. Certain people don’t tolerate the presence of gluten in their diet too well. In fact, gluten intolerance can have a variety of symptoms such as diarrhoea, bloating, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, and weight management issues.
And if we talk about the benefits of gluten-free food, you should know that a gluten-free diet can provide many health benefits, especially for those with celiac disease (autoimmune disorder). It may help ease digestive symptoms, reduce chronic inflammation, boost energy and promote weight loss. So, if you are someone who is intolerant to gluten, this recipe is for you as well.
Here’s what chef Kunal’s caption reads, “If you love bread pakora but are bored with that same oily version, then this recipe is for you. Bread pakora without bread – an instant, healthy and gluten-free recipe. So are you gonna give it a try?“
2 cups besan (gram flour)
1 tsp cumin
To taste salt
¼ cup onion, chopped
1tsp chilli powder
1tsp green chilli, chopped
Handful coriander, chopped
2 tsp ginger, chopped
½ tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp kasoori methi powder
1tsp chaat masala
1 tsp roasted cumin powder
½ cup curd
1½ cup (approx) water
1½ tsp baking soda or ENO
A dash of oil
Step 1: To make the sandwich, mix together besan, cumin, salt, onions, chilli powder, green chillies, coriander, ginger, turmeric, kasoori methi, chaat masala, cumin powder, curd and water. Make it into a thick batter.
Step 2: Heat the sandwich maker and drizzle some oil on both sides.
Step 3: At this stage, add baking soda or Eno into the batter and mix it gently in one direction.
Step 4: Give rest for a minute and then pour the batter into the sandwich maker.
Step 5: Spread the batter evenly to cover the entire area. Close it and let it cook for 7-10 minutes, or till it gets a light brown color on the outside.
Step 6: Remove, cut from the centre, and serve it hot with chutney.
No bread pakora is complete without chutney, right? Well, chef Kapur also shared the recipe for the delicious chutney. Here it is:
A small bunch of fresh coriander
4 medium tomatoes
½ tsp black salt
Salt to taste
A small piece of ginger, chopped
4 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp cumin
A pinch sugar
1 green chili
Handful mint leaves
Step 1: Mix together all the ingredients in a blender, and grind it to a paste.
Step 2: Put it in a bowl, adjust seasoning if required, and serve.
Make sure the chutney is served cold. It can be refrigerated for up to three days and used.