Most families tend to buy a variety of bread whist shopping and find that it either starts to go stale or gets very dry and hard and it ends up either in the bin or gets fed to the birds. I am one of those people who hates waste and am always trying to use up sliced bread to make sandwiches.
I experimented with this recipe a number of years and now is a favourite . This recipe works best with stale bread of any kind. The seeded bread is the best as it gives the bhajias a unique flavour.
Ingredients ( serves 6):
Bread.: 6 slices of any bread or 3 to 4 rolls .
1 small Onion - grated
1 small potato - grated
Small bunch of spinach or fenugreek (methi) finely chopped.
2 or 3 Crushed green chillies (depends on your taste)
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of Ajwain or ajma seeds (Ajowan caraway, carom seeds)
2 teaspoons of whole coriander seeds
1 cup of chickpea flour (chanaflour)
Sunflower oil to fry the bhajias
1. Cut the bread or bread rolls into manageable size and soak them in water
2. Prepare the vegetables. ( you can use almost any vegetables - I've tried this with marrow, apple and even carrots).
3. Transfer the bread from the water into a colander and remove as much water as possible by gently pressing the bread.
4. Mash the bread by hand in a mixing bowl.
5. Add in the grated onions, potatoes, spinach or fenugreek, chillies and the dry spices such as ajwain, coriander, salt and turmeric.
6. Mix all the ingredients.
7. Add in the chickpea flour - just enough to make a managable batter.
8. Heat the oil.
9. Drop spoonfuls of this mixture into the hot oil.
10. Fry on medium heat until the bhajias look golden brown. The bhajias should be crispy on the outside and soft and pluffy on the inside.
11. Serve hot with any chutneys or ketchup or a nice cup of tea.
12. These bread Bhajia/Pakora can be served as a starter or can also be eaten as a snack.