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Recipe for family meals :

Bread Pakodas

This is one of the recipes that has been provided by Vandana who is very much a keen cook of Indian dishes. Hopefully there will be more to come!

I asked Vandana for a little background information:

"I live in Pune, India. I am a South Indian so many of my recipes are from that area. I enjoy cooking and my family and friends do say that it is appetizing! By profession I am a Relocation Consultant and the India head of an International Charity. I hope that covers the introduction".


6 slices of white / whole wheat bread
2 potatoes boiled and mashed
a pinch of turmeric powder
1 green chili
1/2 tsp fresh ginger chopped
1 tbs coriander leaves chopped
1/2 tsp lime juice
salt to taste

For the batter:
1 cup chick pea flour
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
salt to taste

2 cups of vegetable oil for deep frying

  • Make a paste of green chili and ginger.
  • Take the boiled and mashed potatoes, add the paste, lime juice, coriander leaves, turmeric and salt to taste. Mix well and keep aside.
  • Take bread slices and make 3 sandwiches out of them using the potato mixture as a filling. Press each sandwich well and cut them into 4 or 9 pieces depending upon the size of the bread slice.
  • Make the batter of the flour by mixing all the ingredients and then adding enough water to make the batter of thick pouring consistency.
  • Heat oil a frying pan, dip each small piece of potato sandwich and deep fry till golden.
  • Serve with tomato ketchup.

Serves 4 - 6