Rain comes and all we can think of is piping hot tea, served with spicy pakoras, bhajias, and vadas. Pakoras are one of the most friendly rainy day snacks. From vegetables like spinach, onion, cauliflower, capsicum, chilies, potatoes, to paneer. Mix them with gram flour batter with spices, and deep fry. That’s a perfect match – Chai and Pakoras !!
Bread Pakoras are always a hit in my house. Earlier, I made no fry bread pakoras stuffed with paneer, and both my boys loved it. There is no harm to indulge in fried stuff once in a while especially when it rains. But, being a fitness freak husband’s wife it’s dicey because if I will make fried bread pakoras there is no chance Manu will eat. So, I made little bit changes to make bread pakora healthier.
Tea Time Healthy Snack With Zucchini and Carrot
I added oats flour, gram flour with little Rava, and grated vegetables. Yes, vegetables – Zucchini and Carrot. Then roasted bread pakora on tawa with little oil. Served with my favorite Kiwi Avocado Coriander Chutney. Surprisingly, Reyansh loved it and asked me to make it again for dinner.
Gram flour or Chickpea flour is popularly used in Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and other cuisines. It is a great gluten-free substitute for wheat or all-purpose flour in many recipes, and can also be used to thicken sauces or curries. Oats flour is one of my favorite and one of the easiest to use ingredients. I never missed any chance to add oats in my cooking. It helps thicken gravies, work as healthy substitutes for refined flours and grains. Adding little Rava in the batter makes bread pakoda crispy and tasty.
Zucchini is quite a bland vegetable and its texture is soft but not mushy. Its skin is soft, thin, and perfectly edible, so don’t peel it off. It blends with other ingredients and you would never even know there is a vegetable in it. Recently, I baked a Chocolate Zucchini Cake and it turned out delicious.
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which, when consumed, converts to vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A directly affects the retina and the rhodopsin, a purple pigment that is necessary for night vision. This is a great way to include carrot in your favorite bread pakoras.
No Fried Bread Pakora | Tea Time Healthy Snack With Zucchini and Carrot | Pan- Fried Bread Pakora
This no fried Bread Pakoda is a healthy, very delicious, and a perfect weekend treat or party snack. It is also the best option for the tiffin box. Made from brown bread slices, gram flour, oats flour, rava, and spices along with zucchini, carrot. Lots of good ingredients in one go. Have you ever tried adding sesame seeds in bread pakodas? Do try it – Sesame seeds give a wonderful nuttiness to this no fried pakoras.
For Pakora Batter:
Gram flour or besan – 1/2 cup
Oat flour – 1/4 cup
Rava – 1/8 cup
Water – 1/2 cup
Grated zucchini – 1 cup
Grated carrot – 1 cup
Carom seeds – 1/2 tsp
Roasted cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Roasted sesame – 1/4 cup
Brown bread – 5
Oil for roasting
- For Pakora Batter – Mix all ingredients mentioned under pakora batter and make a batter. Keep it aside for 10 minutes.
- Take on a slice of the bread. Cut it into half and dip prepared batter and coat from both the sides.
- Heat a non-stick tawa with a little oil and place batter coated bread pakora carefully on it.
- Sprinkle some sesame on it. Press lightly with the help of a spatula.
- Shallow fry on medium to low heat until golden color.
- Put little oil on bread pakora and flip pakora with a flat spatula.
- When bread pakora is roasted from both sides. Pick bread pakora (vertically) with the help of tong and roasted from bottom and sides as well.
- Take it out in a paper towel. Serve with your favorite chutney and hot chai.