Bread Pakoras

Bread Pakoras

Bread Pakoras

Spicy Bread Pakoras are great as an appetizer, finger food for any gathering, and a tasty compliment for your afternoon tea.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 4 slices white firm bread
  • 1 cup besan gram flour
  • 1 tbsp rice flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp asafetida hing
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds jeera
  • 2 tbsp green finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped 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 slowly 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.
Keyword Crispy Pakora, Kid Friendly, Spicy Fritters, Tea Time Snack, Vegan
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145 thoughts on “Bread Pakoras

  1. Very intriguing recipe.
    There is a similar, but sweet version which is of Medieval origins which we called “frittelle di pane”, which are slices of bread (usually stale-ish) that are first immersed in a batter of sugar, milk and eggs, and then fried and topped with a dusting of cinnamon (French toast is a similar recipe and has the same roots). Being that these use eggs they are not indian vegetarian, but by using besan maybe I can achieve a similar result. But if I fry a batter made with besan and sugar, do I have to roast the besan beforehand to get rid of the raw taste?

  2. What type of cups do you use for measuring out the ingredients in all your recipes? Are they the universal type that are used in English and American recipes? Thank you

  3. Dear Manjula. I am sure I would love this. I have two questions, though.
    1. Is it very spicy-hot? I like hot, but not others who I would like to make this for.
    2. What do you do with the oil in the karahi after you have finished? Can it be saved for future use?
    Thank you.

  4. Hey Manjula,
    I have tried these bread pakoras and they have turned out very well. My husband n kids loved it. Thank you.. Will try other recipes as well…

  5. I am GermanAmerican with an Indian Husband. Manjula, you have made our marriage 100x better by teaching me how to cook Indian specialties. I have watched your videos for the last 1 and half years, and everything is so delicious! Thank you for sharing your good soul with the world. Big hug! You are beautiful!

  6. Dear Mam,

    IO have tried many of your recipes and have come turned out very well. Pls let me know what kind of oven to buy to bake /roast vegetables. I am not getting correct results ion the microwave

    thanks and cheers

  7. this recipe is very very good… itz easy n my mom was so happy that i starting cooking and get good cook… thankx Manjula ji.. thanxx a lot… ur website makes me cooking… 🙂

  8. hello mam we hve first tym seen ur videos nd ur recipes r awsum specially jalebi’s nd pani puri my mum truly loved it she is ur big fan we hve seen just two recipes bt nw will watch all soon my mum is fond of cookng she love cookng……my mum is requestng plz tell us hw to make the bakery thngs like rollz,pettis etc hpe u will ans us soon u r really talnted thnku………………………….

  9. Aunty-ji, I was just wondering,
    Could I cut the bread into triangles instead of rectangles?
    Also, are the cilantro and green chilies necessary?

    Just Wondering.

    Salome “Bindi Lover”

  10. Hallo Madame i really envy your cooking and my son loves it —we are Zimbabweans living in Germany Franfurt and we have a nearby Indian shop which selles nearly everything

    I would like to ask if you can cook Cassava

    Waiting to hear from you

    yours pyroth

  11. I just wanted to let you know how much I love your blog! I’ve been following it for a while, and I finally tried out one of your recipes! I made these bread pakoras for a party recently, they were great!

  12. please teach me to make simple egless vanilla cake without the help of oven
    i have microvave at home and i have tired to make the cake in it but i dont what happens to it it remains uncooked !! please tell me how to make it !

  13. These were part of my Indian feast for my boyfriend and I tonight. I served them with mango chutney and added scallions to the batter as I love the onion flavor in my pakoras. Thanks for a really easy and tasty recipe.

  14. Bhabhi,

    Very tastie receipe I tried and loved it very much keep up the good work, I want to cook something nice or a sweet for Diwali please send me some suggestions

  15. Thank you for the lovely website. I am just learning about Indian cooking and you are a wonderful teacher. I have tried your Aloo Gobi, Chope Palak, Roti and also Mushroom and Peas. They all came out deliciously and now I just have to start doubling the recipes so I can have leftovers! Thank you!

  16. Hello Aunty,

    I am in Chennai, India. Your website is very helpful in knowing the north indian receipes. My kids enjoy when I cook your receipes.

    Bread pakora looks delicious. I will try it soon.

    Moreover the video presentation is so nice and clear. Cooking is easy when we get to see the other person cook the same dish.

    Thank you so much.


  17. Hi Aunty, I’m a complete zero when it comes to cooking but my own mother is one of the best cooks in the world. Before I got busy chasing my career, I didn’t take advantage of her recipees but now that I’m getting older, I want to learn to cook like my mom. So now, I’m going to share this website with my mom and we are going to have some great time cooking !!! Thanks to I came to learn about this website and you can’t imagine how excited I’m. Even when I will be away from my mom, I will have your site to learn from so THANK YOU !!

  18. Dear Aunty,

    Thanx a lot for such a good website. ur receipies r too simple as well as Delicious. The most imp thing which i like abt ur website is u have mentioned the recipe wid video which help us lot to undstd in better way.
    Once again thanx ……………

  19. Hi Auntie, I am from Philippines. I have been looking for a website just like your for over months now. Thank you for sharing your cooking talent! Cant wait to try your recipes! Got to check out Indian stores now! You are blessed with your talets….

  20. This website is great, it helped alot with my bread project. I awlays want to make stuff that’s new and that would get me a good great (and to be honest i want to show off a bit 😉 ) so i made my own bread and then used this recepie. It came out superb !! Keep up the Great Work !! x

  21. Hi Aunty,

    Just recently I came to know about your website, I just love the way you explain each and every step so that we are thoroughly understood. I just tried your carrot halwa and samosa, it came out superb….tx a lot……excellent website….pls continue ur superb work…

  22. i have just started to learn how to cook….since i m getting married soon….and i am soooo thankful to you for such great recepies…..i love the most is that you expain each and every step very nicely….thank you.

  23. Namstey Manjula Aunty,

    I have followed many of your receipes rajam, black-eyed beans salad (Lobhia). I am expecting a child so i need your guidance if you can suggest some nutrious but delicious recepies and i have sabudana at home what i can prepare with it preferably some snack and secondly whenever i am preparing aloo-methi some how its becoming bitter in taste can you suggest me something for it as i love methi and i am looking for sarsoo ka saag receipe also if u can pls. post it on your website.

    Bye and Take care

    Thanks & Regards

  24. Namaste mam, I must really thank my best friend Devi who is living in london for introducing your website to me.Iam pleased with your cooking instructions.Thanks a lot for teaching us.

  25. Hello Aunty , Tried your Pakoras day before,Turned awesome and I served it with chutney and sprinkled little Chat Masala.Thanks for this simple yet delicious snack.

  26. Thank you Manjula aunty. I just tried this recipe today and it turned out really tasty! I’ve also tried your other recipes including the kulfi and the green chilli pickle.
    Thank you once again.

  27. thanks a lot for your great recipes, I am from Saudi Arabia and since I was a child I love Indian vegetarian food, especially Pakora, Chole and Nan. Could you please write me the recipe of Cilantro Chutney I would appreciate it. thank you. Regards, Mohammed from Saudi Arabia.

  28. Dearest Manjula aunty ,

    I have been living in india since birth but still couldn’t make tasty dishes.Then one day while surfing the net i came across ur site and since then there has been no looking back.Its all courtesy-manjula’s kitchen.
    Thanks a lot !!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Dear Manjula aunty, What kind of white bread should I use for this recipe? the recipe calls for firm bread. Is there any particular brand u prefer?

  30. I m radha i m married for 2 year but i was living in india but i m in usa now sence 2 months and i dont know how to cook but u r really goood cook !!
    i like your cooking !
    can u reply me ?

  31. Hello Anty
    i have tried your recipe bread pakoras,my hubby didn’t knew its made of bread my kids to like it thy enjoyed eating. thank u very much for sharing ur recipe on utube ur
    website is nice

  32. Dear Manjula,

    I’m newly married, just started cooking for the past 2 months.I’ve tried many of ur recipes including bread pakoras.. everything came out well. Your recipes are awesome.. its really helping me very much, my hubby likes my cooking very much..he never believes when i tell him i’m new to cooking.. all the credit goes to u. thank u very much

    Keep posting Many more recipes..

    Good luck

  33. Hello Manjula,

    It is not only a treat to watch your recipes but also a a pleasure to try them and serve them for the family. I simply love your recipes that are so lovingly prepared by you.

    Manjula didi, could you please tell me as to which type of lemon juice should be used to curdle the milk for making paneer, that is whether the store bought readymade bottle of lemon juice or the fresh lime fruit that is available in the grocery section.

    Thank you in advance.


  34. That’s awesome Manjula Garu, the preparation method itself tshows the professionalism in cooking that u have. I have the ability of telling whats it contains by eating any Indian dish and can tell , how to prepare also, but without even trying u’r recipes, i can tell, u’r recipes will really comeout great. Good Luck and keep posting new recipes.

  35. hello manjula aunti ji,
    I like your recipes.and I also tried your recipies like boondi ke ladoo, besan ke ladoo,moong dal dosa, navratan korma,sahi paneer,matter paneer,etc
    thanks a lot aunty ji

  36. hi manjula my ba likes watching your videos and wonders if you can do them in gujrati too or hindi and also have the method in gujrati or hindi too

    many thanks

  37. Hi Manjula,
    Your step-by-step recipes, along with the video, is really informative – thanks a lot! I have tried quite a few of your recipes – upma sooji, samosas, namak paare and bread pakoras – all of which turned out exactly as you demonstrated. The incentive to try out more of your recipes is due to your guidance and unassuming approach!
    Keep them coming!
    Rochelle (Alberta, Canada)

  38. I love this recipe.I made them for my husband and his friends with some ‘chai ‘ they just couldnt get enougt.I get my recipes from, and Manjula.

  39. Hello Manjulaji,
    I want to try the rasgulla recipe , but i have got the traditional Indian cooker with the whistle . My concern is after dropping the paneer balls in the sugar syrup, I close the lid and do I have to let it whistle and then wait for 7 mins and if so how many whistles?

  40. Hello Radha,
    I have never maid nankhatai over gas. lets try it can work, heat a flat heavy pan and put the nankhatai over and cover, let it cook for about five minutes then turn the nankhatai over and cook another 5 to 6 minutes. Pan should be haevy so its heat evenly and it needs to be covered pan so it can retain heat inside. If you try let me know, if it works.

  41. Hi Manjula,

    I am a big fan of your and i was a making a one pakora. This is great because i make it with the expired bread and my children (Sallu Kardikaniama and Voincka Kardikaniama) love it! Can i use brown bread to make it? Will it be better or not a one so good with brown breaad?

    Thanks Manjula Annti
    All my love
    Valiothe Kardikaniama

  42. Hi Manjulaji,
    your recipes & tips r excellent. i just wanted to share my little tip for delicious pakora’s.I usuaslly add thick curd to pakora mix . they coome out very crsipy &non oily.

  43. Hi Manjula Aunty,
    I just tried this bread pakoras, wow they taste great and many thanx to you as it helped me in put something new for a family gathering
    Thank you once again

    luv & regards

  44. Hi manjula,

    good Morning!!

    Thank you for the recipes its been very helpful to me i just moved to USA after marriage and just started cooking all these days mom used to cook for me after marriage i was really worried abt cooking but i just came acrose your website and its helping me, thanks a lot

    Take care


  45. Hi Poornima,
    Go the the Bengali Rasgullas recipe and read through the Comments section. You should find a lot of helpful information regarding your question plus more tips from other readers.

  46. Namasthe Manjula aunty, i found your website very interesting. and thank you for your vedieo recipes i liked it. i tried making rasmalais. It was wornderful. Paneer malais are bit hard. it was not like melting in mouth. So pls suggest me some ideas to make it soft.
    thank you

  47. Namaste Manjula Aunty,
    Iam Aruna, a new reader, just found your website by browsing some othersites. I saw video recipes of yours and I liked it very much. Your recipes seems like mouth watering. Keep on adding other recipes too. I will open this site from now on to check any new recipes coming up to try in my kitchen. Thank you.

  48. Hello Manjula Aunty,

    I love your website, and have tried samosas, tamarind chutney and bread pakoras. It really feels like I am watching my own mother when I see you explaining, it is so nice. There was one question I had. Sometimes bread pakoras have filling also, like potato etc., which I love. How do I make stuffed breadpakoras? I tried to put the stuffing between two pieces of bread, then dipping it together in the batter and frying, but it all falls apart in the kadhai. Hope you can give me some advice.

    Lots of love and gratitude,

  49. Hi Madam,

    Your recipes are awesome. It helps a lot with the recipe vidoes you have added. Please keep on adding more recipes and their videos. THANK YOU !! THANKYOU !!

  50. Hi Manjula Madam,
    I was browsing receipe for Paneer, and the site took me to your kitchen. Wow, it was great watching your receipes live and your dishes look very colorful and mouth watering. Felt as if i was in your kitchen live there.
    Great receipes for veggies. Shall log on very regularly from now on.

  51. Archana,
    Also see my comment for Aloo Toast under the recipe for Aloo Masala for Dosa recipe in the Subji category. You may already know about Aloo Toast, but it’s there if you’re interested 🙂

  52. Dear Archana:
    I’m another reader, but will tell you what I do.
    Make Manjula’s Aloo for Masala Dosa recipe. Let it cool to room temp. Take out bread slices and trim off crust.
    Moisten the bread with a little water (don’t get them soaking wet).
    Gently press down on the bread between your and and the counter top to flatten out slightly.
    Put a tablespoon of the potato mixture along the center of the bread (how much you put has to be judged by the size of the bread).
    Bring up all the edges of the bread and pinch to seal.
    Fry as shown in the Pakora recipe above. Good Luck.

  53. Hello Manjula anty.VANNAKAM(means greetings in tamil).I wanted to know if you are a tamilian.Because im a tamilian.Im 12 years old and have immense intrest in cooking and also won many prizes.Because of my friends and relatives completion i have to open a website.Though i have invented many recipes,I have a doubt.I do not know the names of the spices in english.I saw your spices coloumn in this site but still not have understood.Hopefully if you know tammil,can you help me by giving all spices name(atleast a few important)in both tamil and english?
    this would be a great help for me.And your cooking is just awesome.I do not have words to explain it.

  54. My mouth is watering……I simply love Indian food…..I am yearning for a delicious pakora right at this very moment. I never heard of bread pakoras….thanks for sharing….I must try it ASAP! 🙂

  55. Hi Manjula,

    I have enjoyed viewing you cooking. So far I only tried one of them and my family loves it. I made the (basen pura). I made a slight change one time and used spinich instead of zucchini, it is nice. I love Indian foods and wish I can make it more often.
    Thank you for showing you skill.

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